About

efa

efa is a pre-investment startup founded in November 2020.

The efa concept has been developed over the last 18 months, and now needs investor partners to team up and take it to market.

Team

Our objective is to involve communities and local stakeholders in creating and managing distributed energy resources and make a more sustainable and resilient world.

efa’s team consists of highly experienced professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including accounting, cloud technology, electrical engineering, energy engineering, environmental technology, natural and social science.

With access to well-developed professional networks we are able to scale rapidly to deliver a successful modern software business.

Cloud Technologists

Our diverse team of nine has strong experience in Cloud Computing servitization models (Infrastructure, Platform and Software as-a-Service) across all the key operational, development and commercial roles.

Environmental Technologists

Half of the team are qualified Environmental Technologists with specialisations in Energy Policy and Urban Sustainability from Imperial College’s prestigious Centre for Environmental Policy.

VISION

A GLOBAL COMMUNITY. The future is interconnected with people united around tangible shared outcomes.

HOMES IN NATURE. Buildings will generate day-to-day value for their inhabitants and won’t negatively affect the home we share with nature

ENERGY INNOVATION. Natural, renewable energy will be as free as their sources, and any costs will only be associated with the efforts of provision.

SOCIAL COLLABORATION. People, when they work together and respect each other, can reach outcomes that work.

HAPPY PEOPLE. Achieving a sustainable world is necessary, but so is making it inclusive, fair and joyful.

MISSION

SUSTAINABLE LIVING. Humanity has walked into a disaster with this clear and obvious solution.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT. People, when they can, will act. We make it our mission to ensure they do.

TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS. Technology only has answers to sustainability, we apply them, so that they are a solution

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS. The pursuit of wealth is subordinate to the pursuit of value, and value must be shared for it to be sustained.

ETHICAL INVESTMENTS. We embody and provide the means to make money work for social good, we seek ethical returns ad infinitum.

Mechanical Resilience

Failover is an automatic system within network architecture where you switch to a redundant or standby computer/server or other hardware component, this is done automatically in order to maintain continuous service. Such systems offer a very high degree of reliability with little or no disruption in service.

 

Redundancy is the duplication of critical components or functions to increase system reliability. In aircraft and crucial infrastructure critical systems are often triplicated. An error in one can be out voted by the other two (in computer systems for example) or all three must fail before the system fails. In a suspension bridge many cables are the form of redundancy. The likelihood of all failing before components are replaced is calculated to be extremely small when using parts with a known failure rate.

Cloud Resilience

Clouds are a hardware-based platform as a service offering. This means that the operator never needs to worry about hardware, network, or updates as these are the responsibility of the cloud provider.

 

Adopting a cloud-based model, our software can work across many different platforms, and uses built-in load sharing and autoscaling to handle peaks in demand.  Multi-cloud platform deployment then allows for built-in disaster recovery so the solution has resiliency end-to-end and avoids “putting all the eggs in one basket”.

 

By using public cloud platforms, software can run on very large scale infrastructure where failover is simply a matter of moving our application stack from one instance to another.  Resiliency is made easy by issuing a few commands and spinning up additional resources, which could be on a separate cloud platform.  This resilient cloud architecture allows the placement of workloads that ensure the communities we work with can benefit from 99.999% availability of critical systems.

Community Resilience

On a city wide scale in a system such as an energy grid, you may have multiple systems of generation, wind, coal, nuclear (redundancy); then you may have multiple interconnected grids. An example of this would be localised community energy production and city wide production. In a world where it is ever more important to ensure resilience, failover between two energy grids provides a very reliable solution. The ability for one to seamlessly support the other introduces a net increase in energy security for everyone.

 

Achieving social resilience requires the prioritisation of outcomes that facilitate a level of resource redundancy to allow systems to recover through failover onto alternative resources, so that they can keep operating. Resilience within contemporary security studies requires interdependence, complexity and connectivity. Complexity and interconnectivity ensure resilience. Interconnectivity and interdependence ensure resilience that can protect against both threats and risks. Should catastrophe occur, these resilient networks will lessen its impact, hugely increasing the resilience of individual communities and so also increasing the resilience of all communities. Social resilience cannot be achieved by ensuring environmental security and as such the adoption and proliferation of community green energy systems also helps to secure the environment for all of our benefit.

“ YOU NEVER CHANGE THINGS BY FIGHTING AGAINST THE EXISTING REALITY.

 

TO CHANGE SOMETHING, BUILD A NEW MODEL THAT MAKES THE OLD MODEL OBSOLETE ”

 

– Buckminster Fuller

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