Anton Moberg - Hydromesh
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Describe the idea!
Hydromesh is an energy management system that utilize machine learning to optimize the storage of locally produced energy. Hydromesh stores the energy in batteries for short term, and hydrogen for long term use. The long-term vision is to slowly introduce the infrastructure necessary to accommodate a hydrogen economy in Sweden.
Who are you?
My name is Anton and I’m just about to start my last year of my M.Sc in Physics at Lund University. I won the ‘Lund University and Sparbanken Skåne’s award for future innovations’ in 2018 which was my entrance into the entrepreneurial world and since then I’ve been growing myself as an entrepreneur.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
These three months will mostly be spend developing the machine learning model and everything surrounding it. Our hope is to have a demo based on simulated cases ready by November 2019 to showcase.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
Same answer as above. We wish to have a solid foundation at the end of the summer so that a demo will be ready for November.
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Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
We have been creating our first version of the model we will be using to achieve optimal energy usage. We have also tested our model by simulating an entire year which has shown us that we currently would save the consumer over 10% on electricity cost compared to ‘dumb’ (no algorithm controlling the charging/discharging and buy/sell) solar systems. We are now going to improve our model to gain even better performance.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
Everything has basically gone as expected. We progressed way quicker than expected the first two weeks, and then a bitt slower than expected since then. Debugging code always takes way longer than one would expect, but since we somewhat accounted for it, we are well within our timeframe. Creating the model itself was easier than we thought with the main difficulty being the handling of the data required for the model to work. Working with Timestamps has proven to be really annoying due to the shift to Summer/winter time…
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
We will continue to build the model and work towards more case study prototypes. We have been looking at some hardware to make a real-life, small-scale, prototype to try the software in real conditions. However, the hardware prototype will most likely not be ready by the end of the summer and instead will the mission for the autumn. That said, the remaining of the summer will basically follow the original plan (of course with some natural modifications to reflect reality).
Blog post #3
How did you experience the three months?
It’s been a wonderful experience for me. Being able to immerse myself in work that if find incredibly satisfying, creative and interesting makes me feel very happy and has helped me grow as a person and entrepreneur.
What has been most difficult and what has been most enjoyable?
I don’t think anything has been very difficult actually. Of course, it’s been both ups and downs, but when I encounter a difficult problem, I really enjoy trying to solve it. That said the most enjoyable has probably been to interact with similar minded people.
Will you continue working on your project in the future? If so, what is your next step?
Yes! We have a lot of things in the pipelines, but basically, we are developing the algorithm to reach a stage where it’s testable in real life. We are also in the process of finding valuable partners to speed the process up, and it looks promising.
What would you say is the most important lesson learnt while working on your project?
Just do it! I’ll quote Hampus Jakobsson: “Great is the enemy of good”. If you try to plan everything into the last detail you will notice that your plan is gonna be very far from reality very quickly, and instead you will only have wasted precious time.
Do you have any tips to other new entrepreneurs?
Same as above. Just give it a shot! Don’t think too much about it, but of course use common sense when evaluating your idea. Take a step back and see it from an outsiders perspective before investing too much of your time into it. Also, make sure to not fall in love with your idea and be open to changing it as required.