Author: hello energy

Learning never stops for developers – Interview Medhavini

At hello energy, our product’s success relies on the skills of software developers. Not only does it require technical skills, but it also involves collaboration. Medhavini speaks many programming languages, is a true team player and problem-solver.

Even if you have no technical knowledge, you could simply say a software product usually consists of three layers: the top layers is that which you see (the front end), the middle part is the technical part to need to make to work (back end) and the bottom part stores the data that feeds the solution (the database).

On a day-to-day basis, Medhavini’s work consists of designing, testing and developing software on the backend. What that boils down to is that she writes a lot of code, monitors the performance of software programs and also analyses any future needs of our customers. With those technical skills, she and her team are working on building the best possible software solution there can be.

After her masters, Medhavini initially used C and .Net as programming languages, but quickly realised she wanted to learn much more and also mastered Python.



“Mastering different programming languages and having a vast knowledge of software frameworks is hugely beneficial, next to an aptitude for math and technical knowledge. In software and tech, most languages have pros and cons. Some may become obsolete over time. Companies might prefer certain ones and team members do not always know them all. As a software developer, you never stop learning.”

Medhavini Kulshreshtha
Software developer

Medhavini bridges her knowledge with those of others in the team since software development is always a collective effort. The team, most of which have only recently joined, are working on designing an agile workflow to optimize their collaboration.

“With software development, you need to go really deep. Creating, testing and developing requires that you accurately describe your logic, workflow and meticulously report your findings to others. You also need to play well with others, such as our product owners, customer success managers or UX designers.”

With our team slowly expanding, it’s nice to see that each member with a different cultural background brings new ideas to the table. Quite literally, if it were up to Medhavini.

“In India, each person would bring different dishes to the table, and we have a nice shared lunch together. I’m hoping we can have a similar experience here with our multicultural team.”

Not a bad idea at all, Medhavini!

Want to join our team? We are looking for a Head of Customer Succes.

8 barriers to sustainability in real estate and how to remove them

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What are the enablers and the barriers to the successful implementation of sustainability projects? We’ve identified 8 key challenges to overcome if you want to get your buildings to net-zero by 2050.

“If you don’t measure it, you can’t change it. If you don’t value it, you won’t change it.”

That’s one of the findings in our latest white paper, explaining how you can engage and align your stakeholders and work on a joint sustainability roadmap.

However, there are some barriers preventing you to do just that, some of which are harder to influence than orders. These are likely the key reasons you are struggling to make headway towards creating more sustainable buildings:

1. Lack of goals
2. Conflicts of interest
3. Unavailable resources or skills
4. Too many different stakeholders
5. Late state of engagement
6. Fatigue and cynicism
7. Outcome is hard to govern
8. Dialogue or engagement is missing

Want to know how to remove these barriers and design better initiatives to get everyone on the same page?
Download our white paper to get some of the best tips to get back on track.

Data science at hello energy: “more actionable insights” – Interview with Sameer

As a software solution that helps connect and engage real estate owners in sustainability, we’re constantly evolving our features so that our customers can create energy-positive buildings. Sameer Chourasia is a data scientist at hello energy who is committed to improving our features with his sharp analytical skills.

We’re working on ways to notify you on how to reduce the footprint of your buildings. You’ll be able to tell the difference between business as usual versus really good practice.”

Sameer Chourasia
Data scientist at hello energy

Getting the most out of big data is all about problem-solving. You need to be able to recognise patterns, structure a solution and challenge assumptions. Sustainability is a complex subject in which a number of data puzzles need to be solved: collecting the data, connecting it to gain valuable insights and monitoring to see how people engage with it. Luckily, Sameer brings all of these skills to the table to find those missing pieces and brings this knowledge to hello energy. He’s working on a number of analyses, one of which is our ‘benchmark’ feature’.

“Right now, our benchmark feature shows how well your building is performing compared to the industry standards. We’d like to create a more detailed overview comparing your building to similar buildings in your area, or use multiple other benchmarks for electricity, gas, heat, water and CO2 emissions so that you can get better actionable insights.

Sameer’s work is not just about making our features smarter or collecting data. It’s also about providing actionable insights; that is, nudging you and other customers to take action towards a zero-emission goal.

Sameer: “We’re working on ways to notify you on how to reduce the footprint of your buildings. Customers will be able to tell the difference between business as usual versus really good practice.”

Research by Sameer on smart meters across Europe

Another focal point of his research is optimising our automation process. Collecting data is one of the most time-sensitive processes for our customers because it entails installing sensors or getting access to energy data from third parties. But this step is crucial in connecting the dots. That’s why hello energy wants to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

Sameer: “Our aim would be to replace manual processes with automatic ones so our customers won’t have to fuss over details and can focus on the big picture and their sustainability milestones.”

The best part about Sameer’s work is that it helps hello energy and our customers to find answers to things that are unknown, learn new things and pushes us to find new approaches to make an impact.

“I like that some of my work focuses on client features, whereas other research is more open-ended and can take me in a number of different directions. It’s very exciting and satisfying when my research helps to solve problems or find new opportunities.”

We’re moving to the cloud

hello energy is scaling up rapidly. Serving over customers worldwide and continuously increasing the features of our products, requires that we keep on our toes and prepare for future capabilities. That’s why we’ve been working on scaling up our development process, as well as moving our infrastructure to the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Lifting and shifting
The process has already kicked off this January and we’re working on this alongside our current environment. It’s a hassle-free process and our customers won’t notice a thing while we’re improving on our SaaS solution architecture and preparing it for future developments.

Barrie Vince, our Chief Technology Officer says: “Building in the cloud allows us to create fast, scalable and multi-device solutions. We will do this by ‘lifting and shifting’ our current solution. In the near future, it won’t matter if we serve 500 or 5 million buildings, because the AWS platform allows us to expand our capacity very rapidly. It also gives us access to AWS Analytics, which can provide elaborate insights on data, and machine learning capabilities so our services become increasingly smart.”

Involvement of stakeholders crucial to meet sustainability goals
Benno Schwarz, CEO adds: “A net-zero carbon strategy in real estate is impossible without the involvement of all stakeholders. That means that within our solution, especially for customers with a larger real estate portfolio, we need to connect multiple users to our platform, as well as offer connection to multiple devices. Gaining actionable insights will increase alignment and engagement around sustainability goals.”

AWS not only helps us realize international expansion by having datacenters over the world, but their policies also tie in with our sustainable vision. Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge— a commitment to be net-zero carbon across their business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.

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