Clean Energy Innovator and Entrepreneur at SwitchDin
Startupbootcamp Energy Australia Mentor
Dr Andrew Mears is an engineer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of renewable energy and commercialisation covering Asia & Pacific, Africa and Australia. He has delivered more than 40 major assignments in 18 countries with various agencies. Andrew’s first start-up in satellite communications in 1990 saw them beat NASA for major deals and upon exiting he took on further work at the leading edge of control systems R&D and commercialisation. This included fabrication systems for advanced solar photovoltaic thin films and development of optical sensors for biomedical applications.
Driven by his interests in social change and the environment, Andrew pioneered small-scale distributed energy service development in emerging markets and established a significant portfolio of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives involving various Governments and multi-lateral clients including World Bank and United Nations. Subsequently, he joined the United Nations first as their Chief Technical Advisor on renewable energy in Southern Africa and then for Climate Change in SE Asia. Andrew has developed policy and programmes and provided electricity market development support affecting the lives of millions of people. In 2014 he founded SwitchDin in Australia to develop virtual power management solutions for renewable energy and battery storage. Andrew is a recipient of the 2011 Newcastle University Alumni award for International Leadership and is co-founder of the Newcastle-based clean tech and smart city startup incubator Eighteen04.