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Jakarta Post

Fresh batch of energy start-ups to push for greener Indonesia

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 30 2019   /  01:44 am

The Replus remote is like an Indonesian version of Google Home. It gives users long-distance control over all household AC and TV units, for one-tenth of the price, but it is not a personal digital assistant.“The idea of the remote is to conveniently control every electronic device in one hand,” said Replus cofounder Amsa Mustaqim during a pitch deck in South Jakarta last week.Aside from convenience, the US$16 remote’s other selling point was a promise of reducing users’ household electricity consumption by up to 30 percent through automatically and remotely turning off unused devices.It was the promise of electricity efficiency that landed Replus, a two-year-old company headquartered at the University of Indonesia, a position alongside eight businesses in this year’s Nyala accelerator program for energy-related startups.The three-month program, which ended last week, was organ...