Venios is winner of the FNN-InnovationHub Challenge – Congratulations!


Energy & Environment

 

On December 4th and 5th, 2019, grid experts from industry and politics met at the FNN Networks Congress in Nürnberg. They exchanged their views on the current state and future of grid technology and grid operation in Germany. The FNN Congress provided a stage for innovative start-ups to present their smart grid, grid technology and grid operation solutions. After sucessful application to the Startup-Challenge of the “FNN InnovationHub”, which was launched by VDE | FNN, the finalists were given the chance to pitch their smart solutions to the audience of the FNN Congress.

 

And the winner is …

The aim of the competition is to accelerate innovations and digital solutions for the energy system. With its platform technology, Venios won the FNN InnovationHub Challenge and thus also an order worth 25,000 euros. Venios convinced the jury at the FNN Congress with its solution for detecting the system status of energy grids. Venios is able to provide real-time location and time-based information about the status in low and medium voltage. Due to its solution, Venios can also provide information on the network operating resources by measurements at network-critical points.

They also use mathematical models to create simulations. In this manner they provide relevant informations to the operators, in which they also include secondary data for their forecasts. Beyond this bottlenecks can be detected early.

Flexibility can be provided, enabling network operators to intervene foresighted. This enables grid control as well as the balancing of energy bottlenecks. This prevents overloading of networks and thus network failures. In addition, grid operation can be optimised and costs for grid expansion can be reduced.

 

Next steps

After the challenge, Venios will develop an app together with VDE | FNN by the end of 2020. It is intended to map the system status of a region on the basis of the application rule “Interface between transmission and distribution grids” (VDE-AR-N 4141-1). The software solution should help distribution system operators to meet the requirements of the application rule. FNN members should later be able to obtain the software at a reduced price.

 

Innoloft was involved as a partner in the implementation of the FNN InnovationHub – Challenge through our white label website, the digital application process and marketing.

 

Energy Mavens is the startup of week 4: Understanding the wishes and needs of the customer


Energy & Environment, Energy Market & Trading

When buying a product, a person no longer makes their decision on the basis of the price alone. Many different factors now play a role in the purchasing decision. Among other things, current socio-political developments are responsible for this. But how should one design products that appeal to potential customers? Our start-up of the week, Energy Mavens, has created a solution for this. With their special customer analyses they offer companies support in product development and product design. We spoke to Thomas Schönland, CEO at Energy Mavens, to find out more.

Hello Thomas! We’re very happy that you’re here today. Let’s get right to it: How would you describe Energy Mavens in one sentence?

We analyse the needs of electricity customers to support energy supply companies in the design and development of energy revolution products.

How does such an analysis work? Which framework do you use for this?

Developed in the field of psychology, conjoint analysis has now also established itself as an estimation method in marketing. The method enables the disclosure of the true preferences of respondents by mapping a (fictitious) decision between different products. We use a modern, adaptive methodology that addresses the respondents individually and thus involves them more than in the currently used standard surveys.

The application of our conjoint analysis to innovative products in the energy industry thus supports energy supply companies and municipal utilities in product design and customer clustering. Customer needs can be served in a more targeted manner and the customers themselves can be involved in product development at an early stage. Therefore the customers feel that they are helping to shape the product. Moreover, the survey is much more interesting for them than any conventional marketing survey. More valid results enable a simulated evaluation of product combinations that were not asked for in the questionnaire. For example, a competitor’s product can be compared to one’s own and (expected) market shares can be estimated.

You have already mentioned the advantages of conjoint analysis, but you are not the only ones who use this method. What do you do differently from your competitors?

The energy industry is currently at a tipping point. Energy supply companies and municipal utilities are moving from being pure suppliers to energy partners. Accordingly, a more comprehensive understanding of customers is indispensable. Customers no longer make decisions for or against a supplier or its products based on price alone, but are guided by a variety of parameters. Depending on their preferences, different products may or may not offer the customer a benefit.

In order to understand these preferences and make them available to energy partners, we apply conjoint analyses to energy market-specific questions. From the perspective of a municipal utility, this means: What are the characteristics of an energy system transformation product? How do I price it? Where do I position it and to whom? By asking customers’ opinions early on, we are able to develop a customer-centric design and make energy products more efficient.

As a result, our approach enables the disclosure of willingness to pay, obstacles to switching and target group-specific characteristics. This enables a utility company to design, place and price its products precisely.

I see. What is the pricing model for Energy Mavens?

We offer quantitative consulting. This means that our revenue is calculated from our daily rate and the estimated consultant days per project. The expenditure is determined individually for each project. Among other things, it depends on the data basis with which the survey is started and how large the survey is going to be.

In addition, we offer our support as a partner in various phases of product development. This includes, for example, idea generation, actual testing, validation and the final implementation and market launch. We pursue a cooperative consulting approach, in which we enter into a close exchange and regular feedback loops with our customers.

You have already explained that your customer base is consisting of municipal utilities and energy supply companies. Can you go into more detail about your target markets?

We concentrate on the marketing and product development departments of smaller municipal utilities or regionally operating energy supply companies on the German market. We see the greatest potential for data-based customer analyses in this target group. In addition, for these suppliers with a strong regional focus, a customer-oriented product orientation is extremely important.

Where do you currently stand with the development of Energy Mavens? Are your services already usable?

Yes, our current focus is on the implementation of pilot projects and the associated development of references. We have already been able to demonstrate the proof-of-concept that we can make statements on energy system transformation products using our methodology in two studies. A study on the design of the product “local electricity” was conducted in cooperation with Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH. In a second project, we are analysing the preferences of RE investors in the context of tenders together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI). In this context, we are particularly proud that we are a competence spin-off at Fraunhofer ISI since September 1, 2019.

Now we have unfortunately already reached the end of the interview. Thank you Thomas for the interesting conversation! We wish you continued success for the future of Energy Mavens! More informations is to be found on the Innoloft profile and the Innoloft requests.

Review of the year – Innoloft highlights & the greatest successes in 2019


Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

 

By the end of 2019, we finished our strongest and most energetic business year to date since the founding of Innoloft GmbH. Even though we can not look back on a long company history, the year 2019 came up with a number of highlights for us that we would like to share with you through a review of the year.

Here we go!

 

Platform in a brand new look and an expanded range of functions

A step that set the course for us was without a doubt the relaunch of our platform. We have completely redesigned our platform to make it not only more user-friendly thanks to an optimized structure and use of modern web technologies, but also to offer our users additional added value through new features. Thus, our new platform comes with all kinds of new functions.

What kind of functions we integrated to improve the implementation of your innovation projects with the right partners you can check in the graphic below or read about it in our blog post, stage free …

 

Infographik innoloft benefits

 

But that’s not all!

 

Rebranding opens the door to new industries and internationalization

We continued as our previous (brand) name “Energieloft” was also put to the test, and with it our entire corporate design. It took several months to develop, adapt and redesign it. We were happy to officially announce our rebranding on October 1, 2019. The story behind how Energieloft became Innoloft can be found in this separate blog post: Energieloft becomes Innoloft: Here’s why! … . Furthermore, you can learn more about the evolutionary process that we have followed with our B2B innovation network since the end of 2015.

The energy sector will remain a very central pillar for us. But innovations are also waiting to be implemented in other industries, such as the health, financial and industrial sectors. In addition, we have committed ourselves to the ambitious goal of accelerating innovations across industries as well as worldwide, together with you across Germany’s borders – “Create Tomorrow Together”.

innoloft platform requests

 

Event highlights and successful projects in 2019

Of course, we did not only deal with our design and our platform during the year. In addition to the new strategic direction and positioning, we haven’t lost sight of our “daily business”. Filtered from our business repertoire, we would like to present you some selected event and project highlights from the past financial year, which we implemented together with customers and partners.

 

Startup Speed-Datings 2019

A central core element, which on the one hand is part of our digital innovation system, but on the other hand takes place analogously, are our Startup Speed-Datings. For this we traveled across Germany last year and even came to Paris in autumn. With our speed dating we bring startups together with established companies and investors.

In a very effective way, in short 8-minute dates, the participants who have previously registered on the web pages can be connected according to their wishes, interests and cooperation requests. To do this, we use an intelligent algorithm that, based on the entered data, selects the most interesting conversation partners.

At the following events in 2019, we organized our startup speed dating and matched a total of more than 700 participants at around 2,800 matches.

 

innoloft speed-dating

 

 

 

January: E-world – Europe’s leading trade fair for the energy industry, Essen
March: ISH – Industry meeting point for air conditioning, heating, cooling and bathroom design, Frankfurt am Main
April: Tech Festival, Berlin
April: HANNOVER MESSE, International Industry and Industry Fair, Hanover
May: The smarter E, leading trade fair for the new energy world, Munich
November: dena Energiewende Congress, Berlin
November: European Utility Week, Paris

 

Startup Challenges 2019

While our startup speed dating focuses on providing the participants with the right business contacts for innovation projects, our startup challenges are competitions at the push of a button. The startup challenges are also a central component of our B2B innovation network. They enable startups to participate in a targeted manner.

At the same time, established companies can advance their innovation projects and look for cooperation partners from the startup ecosystem. This results in a win-win for both sides. After all, startups rarely have their own established customer networks that have grown over many years. They also often lack the relevant experience on the market. Despite this, they often bring a lot of fresh know-how, new technologies, courage and willingness to take risks – in other words, the so-called “entrepreneurial spirit” that is needed to implement innovation projects.

With our challenges, we act as an intermediary and leverage our platform, which now has more than 2,500 established companies and around 2,000 startups. In 2019 alone, we were able to screen a total of 314 applications for our startup challenges and forwarded them to our partners.

The most successful challenges last year included:

U-START Challenge 2019 | Veolia, Thüga & BS | Energy
Metro Startup Challenge
EWE Mobility Challenge
E.DIS Startup Challenge

 

You can take a look at our challenges here…

 

Successful innovation projects

In addition to our digital platform and our white label partner platforms, events and challenges, we foster innovation processes in order to accelerate innovations directly in companies. We support you with know-how and innovation consulting for developing and searching for business opportunities, accompany the conception and implementation as well as conduct marketing and scaling.

Our innovation managers, who are specialized in industries and technologies, help you find suitable partners via screening and scouting and integrate them into projects. They advise you on the development of business models and develop customer journeys. In this way, we realized several successful innovation projects together with customers and partners last year.

You’ll find a selection of some of our innovation projects here …

  • IoT platform Stadtwerke Aachen
  • IoT platform evo Oberhausen
  • Digital power product, Stadtwerke Aachen
  • E-scooter sharing Aachen, business crowdfunding
  • Mobility project, Stadtwerke Neuss

 

If you have any questions about the individual projects, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

What else to report …

Much more could be reported about the past year. Therefore we’d like to refer to further highlights in a short manner …

Our team grew from 18 at the beginning of the year to 28 team members at the end of the year. Together we spent a team week in the Eifel and let the year end with a cozy Christmas party.

Together with our cooperation partner energate GmbH, we published the trend radar for the energy industry blue oceans – a new trend report on important energy trends. The first report was focused on smart building solutions and was presented at E-world 2019 in February. A second industry report followed last summer on the topic of smart mobility services.

We started with new social media formats to let you participate in the current Innoloft events. Our follower numbers are developing positively and our social media community is growing happily. You can find us on the following channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Linkedin.

We started our first collaborations and projects in Asia in 2019 and are continuing to work with our white label innovation platforms, which we have also relaunched.

Last but not least … At the end of the year we were very pleased that Gründerszene Awards had chosen us as one of the fastest growing startups in the area of digital business models. After all, we made it into 21st place in Germany with our startup in the TOP 50 and became industry winners in the energy sector. You can find out how we achieved this in an interview with our CEO Sven. You can read about it here: Start-up scene … 

 

A big thank you to our team, customers & partners

Everything we have achieved in the past year would not have been possible without our customers and partners or without a powerful and committed team. Therefore, a big thank you to you and we look forward to continuing this. Because now it means to look ahead and start again with full energy and power ahead.

 

Outlook for 2020

The first projects are already in the starting positions and you can save the following dates. These are the events we look forward to in the first months of this year.

Save the date!

 

Startup Speed-Dating

February 11th & 12th 2020, E-world Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 5th & 6th, 2020, Fiberdays Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 24th, 2020, Tech Festival Startup-Dating – Info & registration

April 20th. 2020, HANNOVER MESSE Startup Speed ​​Dating – Info & Registration

 

The new year can begin. We are ready to take off!

 

 

 

Broad innovations for the transformation of the energy system


Energy & Environment

Austria strengthens its role as an energy innovation country

Our Austrian neighbours are also working intensively on converting their energy system to sustainable and renewable energy. With their climate and energy strategy #Mission2030, they are pushing ahead with the expansion of renewable energies. Umweltförderung (UFI) and the Climate and Energy Fonds (KLI.EN) also support the promotion of projects for the sector-coupled use of renewable energy in the heating, building and mobility sectors. Thereby, 9 million tons of CO2 emissions could be saved each year in Austria, provided that the share of renewable energy increases.

Merely with the current technologies it will be difficult. Further expansion will require technologies and innovations on the one hand and actors as well as markets on the other. Applications and use-cases will only arise when research results and technologies leave research laboratories and find their way into practice, for example through pilot projects. Similarly, innovative business models bring new solutions to the market. Here, statutory regulations as well as financial resources and lighthouse projects are helpful for pionieering innovations. Dr. Leonhard Schitter, MA, President of Austria’s Energy Agency (OE) and Maria Patek, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, conveyed these messages to the participants of the fourth Austrian Energy Trendforum.

 

Fourth Austrian Energy Trendforum with focus on innovations and startups

The event took place on 21 November 2019 for the fourth time this year in Vienna on the topic “Innovations for the energy system of the 21st century”. The importance of research and future technologies as well as their implementation in the industry as means to reduce CO2 emissions were emphasized.

“Energy is the top topic of our time” said Dipl. Ing.in Maria Patek, Federal Minister of Economics for Sustainability and Tourism, MBA

“Austria and the EU have set themselves very ambitious goals. By 2050, Europe should be the first climate-neutral continent. At the same time, prosperity and competitiveness must be maintained at a high level. The courage to innovate is the driving force behind an eco-social market economy that successfully meets the challenges of the 21st century. Research and innovation are a basic prerequisite for achieving national and international climate and energy goals”.

 

Decarbonisation requires new technologies and innovations

Accordingly, there is a high demand for innovations. In cooperation with the Austrian E-Economy „Oesterreichs E-Wirtschaft“ OE, we launched an innovation platform. On this platform we collect and filter information and cooperation requests to accelerate the realization of innovative projects. Companies, startups and investors can create their own profile on said platform. Startups can publish requests for free to find suitable development, sales or strategic partners as well as investors. This gives them more visibility to established companies. At the same time, companies can also submit cooperation requests or initiate specific challenges where innovative startups apply for cooperation projects.

“In this way, we can accelerate innovation. We are very pleased about the cooperation with OE,” says our CEO, Sven Pietsch. “It helps us to further connect the innovation ecosystems of Germany and Austria. To fulfill our mission, we are dependent on partners. Therefore, the procedure would not be possible without the support of OE“, Sven continues and added: „The cooperation with OE has been running for 2 years. After the first good experiences, we have now improved the platform again to provide members of the association with even more functions such as LIVE Matching. Users can easily adjust in which areas they are currently looking for innovation and regularly receive suggestions, innovative project ideas or find implementation partners via the platform”.

Click here to take a deeper look at the new OE Innovation Platform.

 

Startup Pitches at the 4th Austrian Energy Trendforum

Three other startups, Greenwell Energie GmbH, MYPV and Luvside pitched their innovations at the fourth Trendforum. Greenwell Energie GmbH developed a smart solution for providing geothermal energy to the agricultural sector. The startup MYPV ensures the use of PV power for heat supply in rooms and for hot water supply. Startup Luvside is working on vertical rotors for the offshore sector. Greenwell Energie will present its solution to a large professional audience at Austria’s Energy Congress 2020.

These and many more startups can be found with more information in our Innoloft database.

 

Picture credits: OE / Christian Fürthner

Picture description: Dr. Leonhard Schitter, President of OE (2nd left), Maria Patek, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism for Energy Policy (middle, left), Sven Pietsch (middle, right), CEO Innoloft GmbH; Barbara Schmidt, Secretary General of OE (2nd right)

 

Energieloft becomes Innoloft: Here´s why! The Story behind us.


Energy & Environment, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

 

Dear network member, dear network partner,

1st October 2019: Energieloft becomes Innoloft. A day and a milestone that we have been working towards for a long time. You wonder what moved us to this step? We’d like to share this with you and take you through our startup journey. Let’s first take a look back at the very beginning, the starting point of our journey.

 

How it began

 

Why is progress on the energy transition, one of the greatest challenges of our time, moving so slowly? This was the question we asked ourselves four years ago at the end of 2015. We, the founding team, were in the final stages of our studies and were looking for answers to the big question in our immediate environment. As it turned out, outcomes from many research projects remained locked away in old file cabinets, never reaching implementation in the business world. How could we change this? Our solution: A digital platform that digitizes the transfer of research – “ener.wi – transparente Energiewende” – was born.

We quickly noticed that research and established companies are quite well connected and that interest in our platform was limited. However, we repeatedly received requests from contacts in established companies: “We’re looking for startups with innovative technologies and business models. Do you also have these in your network?”

Since we are a startup ourselves, we were also confronted with the fact that nobody knew us and that finding pilot customers and partners was a big effort. It became very clear to us that young and nameless startups developing highly innovative business models and technologies, are not sufficiently networked. From this problem came Energieloft at the beginning of 2016.

 

From database to network

 

Initially “only” a startup database, we soon came to the conclusion that a database alone does not solve the networking problem sufficiently and that digitisation offers far more options. Thus the development of new, intelligent formats, such as our Startup Speed-Datings or Challenges, led us away from a pure database to a network.

At the same time, more and more companies realized that they needed the innovative power of young, avant-garde companies. Whereas newly founded startups are looking for partnerships with established companies to gain access to customers and resources. For both sides, this means tangible win-win advantages. Both newcomers and established companies benefit from cooperation. Since then, more and more startups and established companies from the energy sector in Germany joined our network and came together via our platform, our formats and our projects in the field of business model development. A success of which we are quite proud of.

 

Industry convergence and internationalisation meets Energieloft

 

In recent years, established companies in the energy sector have been pivoting more and more to new sectors and looking for new business fields as part of their innovation activities. As a result, we kept being asked more and more often whether we as Energieloft also addressed new topics such as mobility, smart city or industry 4.0. Slightly irritated, we always replied: “Yes, of course! We are an innovation network.” This gave us the impression that even the name “Energieloft” might not be the best choice for the established energy sector.

At the same time, not only did we want to accelerate innovations abroad with our network, but the startups in our network also signalled the interest in networking abroad. When we began to stumble across the name “Energyloft” with our first partners and customers abroad, we thought to ourselves: “Hmm, that’s actually not our name, it’s not how you write it”.

Not only the experiences described above, but also the realization that global and cross-sectional innovations are necessary to solve the social and economic challenges of our time. This led us a while ago to the conclusion that Energieloft must become Innoloft.

And here we are: Innoloft.

 

Not just a new look: Energieloft becomes Innoloft

 

We’ve been working for several months on our change of name and corporate identity. But not only that. Our platform should also come with a new look and new features to make networking even faster and easier.

Our new intelligent matching system is waiting for you! It will connect you with suitable business contacts in a matter of seconds based on your requests. In addition, Innoloft now offers you a personalized network feed that will keep you up-to-date on relevant network activities, but also many new search and filter functions to make it even easier for you to find innovations and partners.

We’re very excited to show you our new features, and we have many more in our pipeline!

We kindly invite you to take a look at our new platform! We look forward to your feedback, reach us any time at contact@innoloft.com.

Your (now) Innoloft Team

blue oceans Trend-Report Vol. #2: Smart Mobility Services


Energy & Environment, Mobility

What kind of business models are used to conquer the market of shared mobility? – Industry report analyses market trends

The range of shared mobility services available in cities is growing. In addition to the car, bike and ride sharing services that have been available for years, there is now an increase in e-scooters and electrically operated pedal scooters as well as pooling services. One of the reasons why these services are becoming more attractive is their easy access. Location and availability can be easily determined by app via the smartphone. Billing is usually automated when the user logs off. Prices are transparent and acceptable. As a result, Smart Mobility Services are attracting more and more users.

This does not only include tourists and visitors. The offer is also used by local companies and inhabitants of cities. Companies have also discovered sharing and pooling services. More and more companies are setting up their own vehicle fleets, which they make available to their employees or allow them to make use of such services. Because in many places cities reach their traffic limits. The consequences are traffic jams, noise and air pollution resulting from emissions. But there are technically mature economic solutions that can reduce the environmental burden through new offerings and services.

A broad spectrum of new mobility services for passenger and goods-transportation systems

Not only individual passenger transport can benefit from these mobility services. Goods can also be transported in a variety of ways using innovative vehicles. The logistics and transport sector offers great market and application potential for mobility services. Especially for the last mile in cities, Sharing and Smart Mobility services offer opportunities to reduce traffic congestion.

But who are service providers? What solutions do they offer? What industries do they come from? What business opportunities do they see and what business models do they apply? We asked ourselves these and other questions and, together with energate Energiefachverlag, a leading B2B communications service provider, produced the current trend report “blue oceans” focusing on “Smart Mobility Services”.

Trend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Services

You will not only find out which trends have been taken up and followed up by start-ups or which offers have already been established by companies in the mobility and energy sectors. The market for mobility services opens up new business opportunities for energy suppliers (EVU) and municipal utilities in particular. We have compiled a trend analysis on how they use these for their own purposes and which market trends are emerging.

In interviews, insiders from selected start-ups and companies from the mobility and energy sector tell you about their project experiences and provide background information. In News and Calls you can find out about cooperation opportunities. We also introduce you to the most common business models in the mobility sector for Smart Mobility Services. All information on start-ups, business models and investments is based on exclusive data from our Energieloft database.

An exclusive market survey conducted by energate among the users of its information services for Trend-ReTrend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Servicesport reveals how decision-makers and managers from the energy and mobility sectors assess the mobility market and its developments. More than 80 companies from municipal utilities, energy suppliers, energy and mobility service providers, automotive and consulting companies took part. energate has compiled a summary of key results of the survey for you. All details about the survey including graphics are available in the full version of the report, which you can also order as a print version.

Table of content

 

If you like, you can take a look at the trend report and get a small reading sample here.

Free Reading Sample

The Full-Version of the Industry Report you can find here: blueoceans.energy/

node.energy is the Startup of the Week 34: Optimal Planning & Management of Decentralized Energy Concepts


Energy & Environment, Energy Supply

The hardware for the energy system transformation is available. There is a wide range of technical solutions. Only constantly changing laws, rules and regulations complicate the market penetration of decentralized energy concepts. To ensure that renewable energy solutions pay off even without public funding, our startup of the week 34 has developed software and services for decentralised energy concepts. They not only simplify the planning and management of decentralized energy systems, but also offer a new business model for energy suppliers and service providers. Matthias Karger, CEO of node.energy GmbH, tells us in an interview how the software can turn them into digital full-service providers for decentralized energy solutions and how they can benefit from this.

Hello Matthias. Thank you for giving us some insights into your startup node.energy today. Can you briefly summarize in one sentence what your mission is about?

Sure. We offer a software solution with which energy suppliers (EVUs) can use the increasing own energy generation of commercial customers for their own business opportunities.

Sounds interesting. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

We have developed a special software and service solution, which enables EVUs to quickly and cost-effectively position themselves as digital full-service providers for their commercial customers. With the help of the Software-as-a-Service solution opti.node, EVUs can recommend the ideal mix of their own generation and grid connection to their commercial customers in just a few minutes based on a few, mostly known customer data. Through this proactive approach, the EVU positions itself as the first point of contact for the planning and implementation of the suggested solutions and services. Through the subsequent digital management of the energy concepts, as well as through the supply of the rest of the electricity and surplus marketing, permanent and profitable customer relationships can be established. opti.node can take into account a large number of generators and consumers, as well as storage and e-mobility infrastructure. All regulatory interactions, such as allocations and taxes, are included in the optimization of energy costs. In this way, energy supply companies can guarantee their customers the lowest possible energy costs.

So you generate value for energy supply companies and energy service providers by offering them a software solution based on decentralised self-power concepts what generates new revenues. What are the revenues do you generate for them?

With our SaaS, even complex decentralized power concepts can be planned and managed in minutes. Thus, EVUs can use the growing self-sufficiency of their industry and tissue customers as their own business opportunity. New sales potential arises from the planning, construction and implementation of own power concepts. In addition, a continuous management fee can be established via opti.node through operational management and the automatic fulfilment of reporting and operator obligations. For example, atypical grid usage, or EEG quantity limitations and notifications, as well as all e-mobility operator obligations are taken into account. The concept is rounded off by the supply of residual electricity and the surplus marketing by the energy supply company. This ideal mix of self-sufficiency and residual electricity supply results in a hybrid product with high customer loyalty.

Your software and service solution offers not only reduced complexity and bureaucracy for customers, but also provides EVUs a revenue model that is tailored to new market requirements. How do you generate revenue yourself?

We offer our product as a Software-as-a-Service model for which an annual usage fee is due. In continuous management, this is only due when new revenues are actually generated with customers.

And to whom your solution is adressed in general?

We address the entire value chain of decentralized power generation and automate it as far as possible.

In 2016 your company was founded and you spent some time developing your opti.node software. Since when is your solution available on the market?

Our software has been on the market since January and is constantly being further developed on the basis of new customer requirements. Our customers therefore benefit from a constantly growing range of functions.

Many thanks, Matthias, for the exciting insights. Then we keep our fingers crossed for the future and wish you every success. We hope to hear a lot more from you and are looking forward to your further developments. If you would like to learn more about node.energy, please take a look at your Energieloft profile or contact us directly.

Stage clear for the new ENERGIELOFT presentation


Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

We have been working intensively on the relaunch of our portal for months. Now we are happy to officially announce it. But not only the frontend has changed, also our dashboard and backend has new features for you. So with the relaunch we give you numerous new tools, with which you can accelerate your innovations. What functions these are and how they fit inot our LOFT System, we would like to show you.

All new ENERGIELOFT functions at a glance

Since 2015 we have been accelerating innovations in the areas of energy, mobility and smart cities as well as in related areas such as IT, industry 4.0 and financing. The ENERGIELOFT database is the heart of our innovation ecosystem. It supports the screening of the market, scouting of applications, analysis of new product concepts as well as the development of business sectors on the basis of new technologies and business models.

Carefully structured according to individual technology segments, the database provides you access to relevant information. With the relaunch, content that is relevant to you will now be displayed in a personalized feed. We will inform you in real time about current solutions from startups, requests and news that interest you.

You can use the new request function to submit your own requests and thus find suitable investors or products and solutions. Our new Live Matching function simplifies the contact process. You get quick and easy access to matching contacts. In addition, we have integrated a variety of other intelligent support systems into our digital innovation ecosystem.

Accelerating innovations together

“Create Tomorrow Together” is our slogan and main mission. With all the new features and the increased range of functions, you can now even better initiate cooperations, receive relevant information more quickly and accelerate your innovation projects. We also simplified processes and the management of more than 3 000 active users of our ENERGIELOFT database.

Explore the new LOFT system and convince yourself of the many new functions. Click here to go to the login.

#StartupsForFuture sustainability solutions for a CO2-free future


Energy & Environment

The #FridaysForFuture movement, which has been in existence since last autumn, is committed to more climate protection, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement. As a result, further climate protection initiatives were launched, such as #ScienceForFuture or #PoliticsForFurture.
Another of these initiatives is #EntrepreneursForFuture. It is based on the commitment of economic players. This is an association of companies that work together for climate protection and sustainability in business. They have elaborated their demands and concerns in a statement that has so far been signed by more than 1,800 companies. Energieloft (Innoloft) is also one of the signatories.

With our #StartupsForFuture initiative, launched at the beginning of May 2019 as part of #EntrepreneursForFuture, we want to support the initiatives and focus on sustainability solutions for start-ups. That’s why every Friday we present startups from the loft system on our social channels that develop innovative green solutions and bring them to market. If you are interested, you can take a look at our Twitter or LinkedIn channel at the end of the week. In the following we would like to introduce you to the #StartupsForFuture with their sustainable green solutions.
Eight sustainability solutions from the Loft System

Paptic – Paptic inspects plastic packaging from 

The Finnish startup Paptic Ltd. has developed a solution to avoid plastic waste. They replace plastic packaging with wood fibres from sustainable forestry. The material is certified with the established FSC seal. Their products are fully biodegradable, renewable and recyclable. They thus offer an environmentally friendly, economical solution for retailers, packaging suppliers and brand owners to conserve resources.

Binando – Binando puts smart trash cans on the street 

Sensors developed by Stuttgart-based start-up Binando GmbH determine the fill level of refuse containers. Binando integrates these sensors into waste containers. In this way, the fill level can be transmitted in real time to a cloud where the data can be analysed. Waste disposers can draw logistical conclusions from this data and only those waste bins need to be approached that have a high filling level. This saves costs, resources and emissions. The Binando solution is a plug & play system with the advantage that it can be installed and used easily and without great technical effort. Your batteries and the energy management of the hardware are designed for longevity. For this reason, the system can be operated with low maintenance.

Blacksquared GmbH – Changers motivates coworkers spielerisch to more movement and Radfahren

Behind Changers is Blacksquared GmbH. With their playful approach they motivate employees in companies to do something good for themselves and the environment. Instead of a car, they simply walk or cycle. Not only health benefits from this. It also helps to reduce traffic, avoid traffic jams and, of course, the climate. The app records every sustainable kilometre covered and rewards you with bonus points redeemable at a marketplace, tree planting campaigns or donation projects. Companies can use the Changers CO2 fit App as a white label solution for their corporate health management.

envuco UG – envucos software solution makes buildings smart in a sustainable way 

The founders of envuco are convinced that smart technology must neither be expensive nor harmful to the environment. For this reason, they have developed a green radio-based complete solution for smart buildings that does not require batteries, cables or maintenance. By equipping their products with harvesting technology and using sustainable materials for sensors and actuators, they not only want to save CO2 emissions in residential and non-residential buildings, but also significantly reduce energy costs and the use of resources. In addition, they combine building automation with smart metering, which represents energy consumption and allows savings to be made. Their complete solution is free of charge for companies, who want to participate in the savings achieved for a period of 5 years.

GREENbimlabs GmbH – GREENbimlabs closes material cycles in buildings 

The start-up company GREENbimlabs from Aachen has developed another sustainable building solution. The core of the solution is Aikana – a software platform. It determines material safety, material cycles and recyclability of materials. On the basis of the data, evaluations are made and recommendations for optimisation are given. It can be used to simulate all maintenance and lifecycle costs of construction projects. Construction companies, architects and authorities thus receive support in their sustainable building planning, in which the reusability and recyclability of building materials are considered from the outset.

Carbon Analytics – Carbon Analytics optimizes the CO2 footprint for small and medium-sized enterprises 

The startup Carbon Analytics has developed a web platform. It prepares CO2 balances for small and medium-sized companies. The CO2 footprint is based on the purchasing data of the companies. Subsequently, the program gives suggestions for improvement. If the company implements these, the improvements can be visualized via the user interface. These in turn can be used in the form of reports and certificates for presentation purposes.

carbonauten GmbH– carbonauten refine biomass residues to biochar by removing CO2 from the atmosphere 

With its carbonauten system, carbonauten GmbH has developed a process from which biocarbons can be produced from biomass residues, for example from the wood, agricultural, forestry and food industries. These can reduce the CO2 content or are produced CO2-neutrally. They can replace petroleum-based products on the market. In addition, they also generate renewable energy, which can be used for heat and electricity supply. Their decentrally produced biocarbons can be further processed into products such as bioactivated carbon, biofeed coal, biogrill coal or auxiliary materials for biogas plants or soils. Carbonauten GmbH is also working on other innovative products, such as bio coke from waste wood or insulation and packaging materials.

SolarWorX is the Startup of the Week 27: Solar power for rural electrification


Energy & Environment, Energy Supply, Power Generation

If a political discourse is conducted in Germany on electricity supply, buzzwords such as “renewable energies”, “smart grid” or “storage systems” are often used. These terms are characterised by technological progress, because if an electricity grid has already been built up and established, further developments and optimisation measures follow. What is often not taken into account, however, is that 1.2 billion people on earth still live completely without access to electricity. Instead, fossil fuels such as diesel or kerosene are used – of course with considerable effects on nature and society. Our startup of the week, SolarWorX, has therefore taken the initiative and is reacting to these problems. How? CEO Felix Boldt explains this to us in our interview. 

Hello, Felix, thank you for taking the time to talk to us! We are pleased to learn more about SolarWorX today. That’s why I start with the first question: How would you describe SolarWorX in one sentence?

We offer innovative solar power solutions for 1.2 billion people without access to electricity.

A very social approach. Could you go into a little more detail? How is your solution technically structured, for example?

Our solar power solutions are aimed at people in sub-Saharan Africa who live far away from the public power grid. Our systems can be modularly expanded and speak to our customers in local languages like Swahili and Wolof. Individual systems can be interconnected to form a DC microgrid, allowing neighbors to share power and larger consumers to operate easily. Our products are IoT integrated and can be conveniently paid in installments via the customer’s mobile phone credit (PayGo). We use clean solar power, wood-based plastics for our product housings and innovative battery technologies that are not made of rare ressources.

You’ve just listed some of the aspects that make your technology and mission stand out. Do you create further added value?

We have used our many years of experience as founders in the off-grid solar sector to develop a unique solution tailored to our target markets. The systems can be used to operate household appliances (lamps, televisions, refrigerators) or support small local businesses without access to electricity. Compared to diesel generators and the connection to a power grid, we offer a cheaper and ecologically sustainable alternative.

The electricity produced by your systems is intended for the end consumer. Is your business model structured accordingly?

No, we are pursuing a different concept.Our experience has shown that vertically integrated B2C concepts with a regional focus are risky and prevent fast scaling. We therefore sell our products on a B2B basis to local distributors experienced in the target markets (currently West Africa). We also offer consulting services to distributors, NGOs and other international players.

In the beginning you talked about 1.2 billion people who currently live without access to electricity. What impact does such a lifestyle have?

Exactly, more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest people have no access to electricity. 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Most of them use fossil fuels, such as kerosene for light and diesel for generators. The lack of access to a clean and cost-effective electricity supply limits children’s educational opportunities, damages the health of families and offers only very limited opportunities to generate income.

You founded your company in 2018 and have already reached many milestones since then. Can you tell us more about it?

Since the end of 2018 we have been testing our solar power systems in two pilot projects with a total of 250 plants in Senegal and Cameroon. The first commercial production will take place next month. In parallel, we are currently developing a Microgrid module, which will be piloted next autumn. We were able to secure a seed investment from InnoEnergy, various grants and would now like to close our Series-A Funding at the end of June. For our solar home systems we were awarded with the “Digital Solar & Storage” Award and qualified for the global final round of “Empower a billion lives” by IEEE.

Thank you very much for the exciting interview, Felix. We think your project is great and wish you continued success! To start the serial production of your solution and further developments like e.g. solution business for Micro-Grids and the development and securing of Q&A processes, you are still looking for investors. You can find more about this in your EnergieLOFT Request.