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Jaunt delivers sustainable tourism adventures

Melbourne-based Jaunt was recently announced as one of Energy Lab’s new promising and clean technology start-ups for its first clean accelerator program.  Jaunt up-cycles iconic four-wheel drives sitting on farms and in back sheds and turns them into electric vehicles for a new kind of car rental. It works in partnership with regional communities and aims to have the mechanical and electrical engineering work completed locally.  The up-cycled vehicles combine old technology like ladder frames and leaf springs with some of the world’s most advanced technology.

Their latest project is a 1971 Land Rover Series 2a that is being transformed into an electric vehicle to explore Australia.  The vehicle, called Juniper, will be almost silent, have no exhaust emissions and allow visitors to hear and smell their surroundings. Juniper will be easier and safer to drive than when she was new, with power steering, heating, auto cancelling indicators and other improvements. Jaunt currently has ten more vehicles in the pipeline, both for private sale and for inclusion in their adventure tourism fleet.

Founder Dave Budge said, “Old Land Rover chassis are perfect for holding modern lithium-ion batteries and keep all the weight low just like a modern electric vehicle.  The team has refined battery placement and has managed to squeeze in 144 cells, giving us a 46kWh capacity, which is more than a new Nissan Leaf.”

Energy Lab says Jaunt aims to answer an inexorably growing consumer demand for clean transport in the tourism industry.

Visit Jaunt Motors for more information.

Energy Efficient Building Codes

In case you missed it, the National Construction Code of Australia’s 2019 revisions have commenced.

The changes largely aim to improve energy efficiency, particularly in larger buildings, by 25-30% with the target in mind for all buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Take a look at an overview of the changes here, and get prepared; the 1-year transition period ends 30 April, 2020.


Envi – Micro-Lot Housing

ENVI Micro Urban Village is the realisation of a new housing concept for a new era. Using a unique model of infill development that focuses on building in existing neighbourhoods as opposed to out in new suburbs or up in highrises, it transformed a single ordinary house block into ten freehold micro-lots for the next generation of home buyers.

Each of these micro-lots feature a 100% standalone terrace home, architecturally designed and customised for each buyer to ensure truly liveable spaces regardless of size. With modern Australians in mind, the project rethinks status-quo inefficiencies such as dedicated parking spots and single-use spaces — easily doable when amenities like parks, schools, shops and public transport are all within easy walking distance.

Of the ten centrally located homes created by ENVI, seven were purchased by first home buyers, proving the value of this unique development concept in the fight for housing affordability in desirable areas. Now, inspired by ENVI’s success, its creator is embarking on a new enterprise to achieve this vision on a larger scale, with developments planned for a range of central areas around Australia.

Image: Tom Anthony

Simple, But Effective – The Drain Sock

In the wake of our growing realisation of the extensive damage that plastic pollution is having on our planet, we are constantly seeking new ways to help reduce plastic waste and stop it from reaching the ocean.  The City of Kwinana – a small city south of Perth – has come up with a solution that is inspirational in its effectiveness and simplicity – and it is taking the world by storm, reaching an international audience of over 25 million.

It’s called a drain sock, and it is a simple as it sounds.  A large rope net fitted over the exit point of a storm-water drain, which collects trash and debris before it enters local waterways.  It’s a particularly effective solution as it is estimated that 1,500 Kilograms of plastic enters the ocean every hour, and this primarily comes through stormwater drains.


EnergyLab announces 9 new clean energy start-ups

EnergyLab welcomes 9 new start-ups to its acceleration program to Fast-track Australia’s transition to 100% Clean energy future.

With its fifth intake of start-ups, Australia’s first clean energy accelerator program, EnergyLab is providing 9 New and promising Clean technology start-ups a year of support to take their business to the next level.

The start-ups were selected nationally with ideas spanning from bio-energy, monitoring and trading of electricity, new energy storage solutions, electric vehicles for the tourism industry, and for the first time in EnergyLab’s program, a startup in the legal industry, aiming to simplify renewable energy contracts.

Starting on April 8th, and running for a year in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the entrepreneurs will receive training, connections to a large network of investors and mentors, key corporate and public partners, and assistance in raising capital.

“The diversity and quality of entrepreneurs entering this industry continues to excite and challenge us. We are delighted by the new cohort and see plenty of potential in each and every business” says EnergyLab Chair, Piers Grove.


This year’s cohort of 9 is very diverse not just in the sectors represented but also from a founders perspective. Energylab is welcoming senior professionals, experts in their field, launching their startup to disrupt their industry such as Melbourne-based Blockchain Operations Specialist Kimberley Winter, launching a vehicle sharing aggregation platform to accelerate sustainable transport adoption or Brisbane-based David Rochaya, Doctor of philosophy (pHd) in Biomass Combustion working on developing and commercialising a proprietary gasification technology to transform biomass into different energy streams (heat, power, and bio-fuels).

“We joined the Energy Lab to keep up our fast momentum, and we knew that the program will provide the framework for us to do so. Evolte has found some amazing talented experts, equally passionate about energy, sustainable transport, technology, and innovation. We are looking forward to establishing ourselves in the EnergyLab community, and involving them as a key component in our journey.” says Evolte founder Kimberley Winter

Half of this new cohort have come through our Pre-Acceleration Program, which is a great validation that the work we are doing to develop Australia’s pipeline of clean energy startups is working.” says EnergyLab Co-Founder and CEO, James Tilbury


Melbourne based Jaunt, is up-cycling iconic four-wheel-drives to turn them into electric vehicles for unique experiences, aiming to answer an inexorably growing consumer demand for clean transport in the tourism industry.

“The support of EnergyLab’s and the amazing group of mentors during the pre-acceleration program has been instrumental in the development of our business model and our ability to secure our first revenue through the launch of our crowd funding campaign.

As both Marteen and I are new to the energy sector and are trying to build a  business with national reach. Being part of an accelerator that has a presence across the country, and particularly in regional areas is a perfect fit. We hope that Jaunt can be seen as a wonderful and tangible use of electricity and that our unique electric vehicles bring new understanding and appreciation of energy consumption and sustainable transport.”  Said Dave Budge, Jaunt co-founder


Organic BioPower, has implemented a biogas plant using a proprietary bioreactor technology in a dairy farm in Victoria. The energy-to-waste start-up will be working on scaling its activities to other Australian farms producing organic matter.

The 9 start-ups in the 2019 EnergyLab 5th intake are:

Biopower Solutions – Generating energy from waste using proprietary gasification technology.

Solar Pack Sheds – Standalone backyard solar shed for gardening enthusiasts.

InfraDocs – Technology platform to provide fast, affordable and legally compliant contracts in the renewable energy industry.

Jaunt – Up-cycles iconic four-wheel-drive and turns them into electric vehicles for a new kind of car rental.

Evolte – Aggregation platform that makes it easy and convenient to book a share car, bike, scooter or ride.

Organic BioPower – Scaleable biogas plants using proprietary bioreactor technology to transform organic waste into energy.

Rexegy – SaaS company that controls appliances, taking advantage of real-time energy pricing, to save customers money on their power bills.

GreenGrid Energy -Energy sharing platform enabling people to trade electricity among themselves through grid connected micro-grids.

Key Energy – Innovative hardware and software storage solution for intermittent renewable energy.

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