The grid connects us. How do we create an energy transition which benefits everyone?

We founded Camus Energy with a common goal: to lend our software engineering skills to address climate change. We are committed to accelerating the adoption of renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions from the energy grid. 

In our past lives, we pioneered global-scale computing at Google, and led the transition of commerce into the digital world at Xerox, NetApp and BD Biosciences. Our team comes from Google, SpaceX, Tesla, Uber, PG&E, NREL, and GE – and our goal is to bring everything we’ve learned about managing massive computing systems, and the transformational power of technology, to one of our most important challenges.

The challenges faced by grid operators in an evolving energy landscape are unique. The existing grid is one of humanity’s largest machines, and keeping it running safely and smoothly is critical to modern life. But as it becomes smarter, more connected, and more dynamic, we can draw lessons from other industries about how to manage the challenges of scale and reliability for an effective energy transition.

of combined software engineering experience at top tier, Silicon Valley companies (Google, SpaceX, Uber, Mozilla)
of peak load shaved at customer and partner sites
+ sporks are made each year. 10 sporks are reused daily at Camus Energy

Our Story

Ensuring an Equitable Transition

As the grid transitions to being powered by more localized, renewable sources, it’s easier than ever for individual homes and businesses to supply their own power. But as systems engineers, we understand that the efficiency of the system is greater when we work together, than for any individual alone. The connectivity that the existing grid provides lets us balance supply and demand from sunny places to windy ones, from big batteries to smart thermostats, from remote generation plants to local businesses. By creating an ecosystem which can make the best use of all of the available energy resources, we can provide ways for everyone to participate in the renewable transition – regardless of whether they can install solar panels – and support the grid for everyone.

In our 14 years at Google, Cody and Astrid led the core teams responsible for systems engineering for Search and Google’s global web serving infrastructure. Our teams helped build the global software coordination systems which balance supply and demand in real time for millions of participants, and pioneered Google’s approach to reliability engineering and operations. As leaders of Google’s oncall operations team, we maintained Google’s global serving infrastructure at 99.999% availability. Meanwhile, Michael helped a series of enterprises (including Xerox and BD Bioscences) make their transition to doing business online, with all of the data integration and process challenges that digitalization entails.

Our team has a diversity of experience, in software and beyond. Across the team, we have folks who helped lead the rescue effort, built power plant modeling software for GE, and implemented monitoring for SpaceX rocket launches, as well as extensive experience in energy research, industrial IoT, and enterprise data migration. We’ve worked inside utilities and brought digital commerce to regulated industries. While we have a range of backgrounds and experiences, we have one thing in common: we’re committed to bringing our skills to enabling the energy transition.

Who Are We?

Camus Energy is building an open source software platform to enable the future Distribution Service Operator (DSO). Providing grid operators and load serving entities with advanced situational awareness, insight, and control, Camus’ platform empowers industry leaders to safely and strategically manage a rapidly changing grid environment. Camus’ founders and partners are leveraging experiences from other industries – including the founders’ pioneering work building Google’s global traffic management platform – to address new opportunities on distribution grids.

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