Energy-AI challengers Tukio and Climate Connect join forces to reshape Australia’s power network


It started with a handshake in the lobby of the New Delhi Marriott many years ago. Today, Climate Connect Technologies and Tukio Intelligent Infrastructure are forging an alliance that could help reshape the energy sector in Australia, and beyond.

Sanand Sule, Climate Connect co-founder and CTO, says the partnership is a culmination of the trust built over many years collaborating on projects with Tukio’s Rob Ashdown.

“The partnership gives Climate Connect the chance to apply all of our learnings in the field of solar and demand AI-bots to the Australian grid. Building what we hope will be a blueprint high-performance and intelligent energy system”.

Australia – as one of the most volatile, deregulated, and sophisticated energy markets in the world – has
significant renewable, and growing storage penetration that needs to run in parallel with much mission-critical legacy infrastructure. Climate Connect’s proven AI forecasting will assist Tukio in managing the complexity of integrating all of this together. Ultimately, they hope to enable a smooth national energy transition for Australia, as well as optimising the country’s power sector as a whole.

Ashdown, Tukio co-founder and MD, says the partnership will build out the company’s AI-driven infrastructure system management engines and insight capabilities. He adds, “I’m grateful for the relationship we have with Sanand, Nitin (Tanwar – Climate Connect CEO and co-founder), and the Climate Connect team, and have a deep appreciation for their high-quality work. Our aim is to maximise system integrity at the lowest cost to the end consumer and we cannot do that without best-in-class forecasting capabilities. This ensures rational decision making is applied in a transparent manner while dealing with differing levels of complexity”.

Sule says he is excited about the domain expertise and experience that Tukio brings to the partnership, and looks forward to taking the venture to successful new frontiers. “Australia represents an exciting testing ground for national energy system innovations. One could say it’s a big high-tech test-bed. The exciting upshot being that it is comparable enough to emerging-markets that solutions can be directly ported once proven.”

Ashdown believes that the complement of skill-sets the partnership offers will assist in solving fundamental challenges within the energy sector. “We have a lot to do and an incredible opportunity to do it – within Australia and beyond”.

Sule sums up the feelings on both sides,We’re both plucky challengers, stirring up our respective markets. Now the opportunity has arrived for a full force team-up. Should be exciting times ahead”.