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  • 06-Nov-2017

MyHEAT - Energy Made Visible.

Abstract

World Wide, buildings consume over 40% of all energy resources, waste in excess of 50% of the energy used, and are major contributors to climate change.

MyHEAT is a Data as a Service platform (DaaS) that reveals the amount and location of waste heat (i.e., energy) escaping from every building in a city for less than 1/100th the cost of current methods. This unique (building-centric) web-enabled information is valuable to home owners, utilities, Smart-Cities, governments and businesses involved in asset management, renovations, construction, building-comfort, real-estate, urban GHG mitigation, energy-efficiency and energy poverty programs.

In the US, $90 billion per year is currently spent on energy efficiency programs. However, existing energy audits are expensive, invasive and time consuming, their results are not easily accessible or comparable, and due to logistics and limited expertise, they cannot be quickly done for every building in a city. MyHEAT rapidly captures and processes detailed city-scale thermal imagery to define unique heat-loss maps, pinpoint hot spot locations, and generate comparative energy scores/metrics for each building at a fraction of the cost and time of existing methods. Collecting city-scale datasets over time, also enables tracking of retrofit quality, building efficiency and GHG accounting, while providing an ongoing service opportunity.

PRIMARY MARKET: MyHEAT sells an annual SaaS service to Utilities that provides a unique customer engagement platform at the cost of a few stamps per customer.

SECONDARY MARKETS: MyHEAT data products can be resold to additional groups with value adds, including higher resolution images, views for specific problems, and big data. Secondary markets include: direct to consumers, energy efficiency service providers, energy efficiency retailers, and Smart Cities. By 2021, 600 Cities around the globe will make Smart-City investments of over $775 billion.

MyHEAT estimates a primary market of over $1 Billion (US & Canada) based on utility budgets for energy efficiency and marketing. Energy efficiency spending by governments and private companies is increasing across the globe. MyHEAT estimates a secondary market size from $50M to $100M.

By the end of 2017 we will have web-enabled HEAT Loss maps and metrics for 1.3M+ Canadian homes, in 21 cities and 4 towns (5.4M pop) – with more on the way.

OUR VISION:

To empower a worldwide reduction in urban waste heat and greenhouse gas emissions, 100,000+ buildings at a time.

OUR MISSION:

To redefine urban energy efficiency by (i) visualizing the waste heat escaping from homes, communities, and cities, and (ii) providing a platform to engage, educate, and encourage action and accountability.

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Who is your customer?

Our initial customer(s) are: (1) Utilities concerned about GHG reduction targets and the energy efficiency of their customers building stock. (2) Utilities interested in promoting paperless billing. (3) Municipalities involved in GHG reductions and energy efficiency education, implementation and monitoring programs. We are also exploring additional markets due to increased data requests from: (4) Building Managers and energy efficiency experts interested in quickly assessing the energy efficiency of their building stock and wisely allocating limited resources. (5) Construction companies wanting to show (potential buyers) the energy efficiency and quality of their builds. (6) Realtors and Consumers interested in seeing where heat is escaping from buildings to improve in-building comfort, reduce GHGs and lower their energy bills.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Buildings typically waste 40-50% of the energy they consume, and are proven to be major contributors to climate change. $90 billion per year is currently spent on energy efficiency programs. However, existing energy audits are expensive, invasive and time consuming, their results are not easily accessible or comparable, and due to logistics and limited expertise, they cannot be quickly done for every building in a city. Additionally, the most cited obstacle to energy efficiency is the lack of interest from consumers. Why? Because it's difficult to engage in something you cannot see. What does energy efficiency, or GHGs look like? And where are they located? MyHEAT is solving this lack of engagement in energy efficiency programs and upgrades (initially for Utilities and municipalities) by providing leading-edge, web-enabled large-area heat-loss mapping, comparative metrics and compelling visualization at the building, community and city scales. Our mission is to redefine urban energy efficiency by visualizing waste heat (i.e., energy) escaping from homes, businesses, communities, and cities, and providing a platform to engage, educate, encourage action and track results over time.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

For most of us, our homes are our most expensive and financially valuable investment. After mortgage payments, energy costs are one of the next most costly uses of our financial resources. Yet upwards of 50% of consumed energy is wasted - most of which is invisible...and if it can't be seen, then it can't be quantified … and if it can’t be quantified... it doesn't exist. But it does exist. In fact, over 9.1 Quadrillion BTUs of Energy are wasted yearly from (US) residential and commercial buildings. This is equivalent to $1.2 Trillion USD and 1.1 Gigatones of GHGs annually. Economically, environmentally, socially and from a health outcomes perspective, this is a staggering amount of waste. At MyHEAT our Mantra is "Energy Made Visible" We believe that if people could see how much energy they are wasting, and if they knew what it cost financially and to the environment - they would want to do something about it - we want to show them how MyHEAT is the only advanced city scale airborne thermal imaging solution that quantifies the energy escaping from each building in the city. Our technologies also allow for massive thermal data collection of over 120Km^2 per hour in very fine detail (i.e., 50cm spatial resolution (@160 knots). Thus thermal data for very large cities (i.e., Calgary, AB at 825km^2) can be acquired in 1-2 evenings. Proprietary technologies include accurate normalization and comparisons of thermal images over time, algorithms to automatically fit thermal imagery to existing GIS building datasets, and heat loss scores/metrics to quantify the waste heat escaping from every building in a city - allowing for public/private comparisons and monitoring over time.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

MyHEAT is the first and only Canadian city-scale airborne thermal imaging solution that quantifies the energy escaping from each building in a city and is the most comprehensive resource for relevant energy efficiency education. Proprietary technologies include accurate comparisons of thermal images over time, algorithms to automatically fit thermal imagery to other GIS datasets, and unique scores/metrics to quantify the waste heat escaping from every building in a city. There are also several other barriers to entry to follow MyHEAT: (a) 7+ Years of award winning research and development at the University of Calgary in urban thermal remote sensing. (b) 10 pieces of related IP, 7 refereed publications, 40+ National / International conferences, and 30+ Media Interviews. (c) $1M spent in research on optimal thermal image-processing methods - including micro-climate normalization, allowing for comparisons over time. (d) 2 Patents Pending - same idea for Canada and US markets. (e) A unique and large collection (50+TB) of detailed high-resolution thermal data in BC, Alberta, and Ontario. (f) Base-line thermal data is expensive, un-available in the public domain, does not exist for large cities in fine detail, and cannot be collected by satellites in fine detail (i.e., 50cm airborne vs 90m satellite). (g) Significant experience in the collection and processing of thermal data for over 1.3M homes representing (aprox 5.3M people) in 21 cities and 4 towns. (h) Operationally strategic relationship (developed over 10 years) with a leading Canadian thermal sensor developer (located in Calgary) and priority access to their world-class Canadian thermal sensor (only 3 in the world).