“Flexibility as a business model” – Where are lucrative business opportunities for energy companies?


Energy & Environment

Our lattest issue of our industry trend report “blue oceans” provides answers

The current issue of our industry trend report “blue oceans”, produced together with energate, deals with the question of how “flexibility as a business model” in the energy sector can be used. The third issue on this topic was published in February 2020. In addition to a comprehensive market analysis using the Innoloft database and insights from our partner energate, we present concrete flexibility solutions by using examples. In the report, you will find news, interviews with startups, requests for cooperation in the form of calls and a detailed business case. With this case, we present you with a business model for flexibility marketing that is little known but already profitable.

 

Flexibility in the energy sector is a broad topic. Its importance is growing because of new technological developments and the increasing spread of renewable energies, energy storage, and electromobility while at the same time reducing conventional energy production. Thus flexibility affects the areas of generation and consumption as well as the areas of trade or cross-sectoral use of energy.

 

Six startup use-cases with “flexibility as a business model”

Using six examples from our trend report, we would like to present to you in excerpts the flexibility solutions that young companies and startups are offering and the business approaches they are pursuing. In interviews, their CEOs share their views on the development of the topic. Our trend report, as well as our Innoloft database, provides you with more details and startups.

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Sympower – flexibility for networks with the help of Demand-Side-Management

The Dutch startup Sympower was founded in 2015. Their product opens up flexibility based on flexible consumers, such as intelligent heating and cooling systems for households and companies for energy supply. With their demand-side management (DSM) solution, they offer the energy supply system an alternative to fossil fuels as flexibility reserves. Instead of coal and gas power plants, they integrate heating and cooling systems, energy storage, ventilation systems, water boilers and other devices located in the vicinity. They pool these sources of flexibility on one platform. With their DSM solution, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and fluctuations in the supply of renewable energy can be balanced. Transmission system operators, as their main customers, can derive added value from their offer. Thus they are able to react to increasing demands on the energy market.

 

In his interview in the blue oceans trend report, Simon Bushell, Founder and CEO of Sympower B.V. tells you more about their Demand Response Solution for energy grids.

 

View Sympower Profile

 

Bl!xt – Analog circuit-breakers converted into digital multifunction switches

The startup Blixt has its focus on circuit breakers. It was founded 2018 in Sweden. While conventional circuit breakers are used to switch off the power, Blixt has developed a digital alternative. With their multifunctional switch, they can not only control energy flows but also monitor them. Their circuit breakers enable real-time remote control of the household’s energy supply. This provides consumers and energy service providers a new tool. They combine different functions of a breaker, remote control, and smart meter – all in one single device. Thus they create the prerequisites for intelligent demand-side management. As a B2B company, Blixt has set itself the task of bringing a new digital circuit breaker infrastructure to the market. But they are not doing this on their own. They want to cooperate together with existing suppliers and face the demands of a future energy market.

 

Why Bl!xt is focussing on digital circuit breakers and how their technology can contribute to flexibility Charlotta Holmquist, Co-Founder and CFO, explains in her interview in the blue oceans trend report.

 

View Blixt Profile

 

Urban Energy – Controlling charging points with the help of smart grid technologies

With its Energy Data Hub, urban ENERGY connects consumers and producers in an intelligent way. The startup from Berlin has created a B2B software IoT platform that uses intelligent algorithms to collect all data in urban districts in real-time. In order to manage plants, buildings and charging points in a way that relieves the strain on the grid, AI models create forecasts. For example, it calculates when the best time is to charge an electric vehicle. With its smart grid solution, urban Energy is initially focusing on municipal utilities and housing associations. The solution may also be of interest to logistics and commercial customers who are converting to an electric fleet.

 

David Stolz, the CEO, talks in his interview in the blue oceans trend report amongst others, how their solution prevents the grid becoming a bottleneck for e-mobility and how they are going to use flexibility marketing to grow.

 

View Urban Energy Profile

 

EnergyCortex – Creating transparency in energy data

High energy consumption generates high energy costs. Both are directly connected with each other and play a significant role, especially for commercial and industrial customers. The company EnergyCortex, founded in Aachen in 2018, pursues the goal of reducing energy costs and energy consumption for end consumers by using AI-based data analysis. EnergyCortex has developed intelligent cloud solutions. Their software provides an interface to the data of its customers and its own services. It can be used to prepare and visualize data. Currently, they serve the B2B segment in Germany with their cross-sector, intelligent services. At the same time, there is the possibility of a worldwide roll-out.

 

Bastian Baumgart, the CEO, talks in his interview in the blue oceans trend report, how they ensure transparency for commercial and industrial customers and what kind of added value their solution provides.

 

View EnergyCortex Profile

 

Senfal – Generating economic added value for customers on the basis of AI

Senfal, founded in the Netherlands in 2014, has developed a demand-response platform using a self-learning algorithm. Their AI-based solution regulates electricity purchases based on energy consumption data from plants and companies whose market prices are forecast for intra-day electricity trading. This enables them to control the consumption of the plants and to optimize the purchase of electricity. In this way, the startup can generate economic added value for its customers. At the same time, customers have transparent access to the information. Senfal was purchased by Vattenfall in 2019.

 

Bart de Vries, Business Owner, Vattenfall Flexibility Services gives more insights to Senfal’s solution in his blue oceans trend report interview. He answers in detail the question of what the advantage is to be part of a big energy supplier.

 

View Senfal Profile

 

gridX – Strengthening customer benefits with the help of flexible platform solutions

Founded in Aachen in 2016, the startup has developed a platform in conjunction with a holistic energy-IoT solution. It connects end devices independently of manufacturers and manages their energy consumption. Their Independent Homes, Smart Charging, Microgrids, and Smart Commercial solutions provide connectivity and communication of a bunch of devices. In doing so, they connect a wide variety of manufacturers and devices. In the long term, the platform will integrate not only energy consumers and storage devices but also producers such as virtual power plants. For the marketing of its solutions, gridX is already relying on strong partnerships to achieve win-win situations and create customer benefits.

 

How gridX is going to achieve its goal to become the central platform for energy producers and consumers and why the customer can participate in their business model, David Balensiefen, Co-Founder and CEO is explaining in his blue ocean trend report interview.

 

View gridX Profile

Conclusion

There are plenty of flexibility solutions for the energy market. Using these in a targeted manner by using new intelligent technologies is a task that startups and young companies have taken on. The global energy turnaround and the worldwide transformation of energy systems the topic of “flexibility as a business model” is gaining importance. Our trend analysis shows this, as do the examples and the survey of market players in the energy industry conducted by energate.

 

blue oceans offers all innovative market players who are dealing with new business fields in the energy market in general and promising business models in the field of flexibility in particular relevant information on the flexibility trend as a future topic of the energy industry.

 

Do you like to take a short look? Here you will find a reading sample as well as the whole report.

 

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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 …

 

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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”.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 Nachhaltigkeitslösungen für eine CO2-befreite Zukunft


Energy & Environment

Seit Herbst vergangenen Jahres gibt es die #FridaysForFuture Bewegung, die sich für mehr Klimaschutz, die Begrenzung der Erderwärmung auf 1,5 Grad und die Einhaltung des Pariser Klimaabkommens stark macht. In dessen Folge entstanden weitere Klimaschutzinitiativen, wie #ScienceForFuture oder #PoliticsForFuture.

Eine weitere dieser Initiativen ist #EntrepreneursForFuture. Sie geht auf das Engagement von Wirtschaftsakteuren zurück. Hierbei handelt es sich um einen Zusammenschluss von Unternehmen, die sich gemeinsam für Klimaschutz und Nachhaltigkeit in der Wirtschaft einsetzen. Ihre Forderungen und Anliegen haben sie in einer Stellungnahme ausgearbeitet, die bislang von mehr als 1.800 Unternehmen unterzeichnet wurde. Auch Energieloft (Innoloft) gehört zu den Unterzeichnern.

Mit unserer Anfang Mai 2019 gestarteten #StartupsForFuture Initiative im Rahmen von #EntrepreneursForFuture möchten wir die Initiativen unterstützen und Nachhaltigkeitslösungen von Startups in den Fokus stellen. Daher präsentieren wir jeden Freitag Startups aus dem Loft-System auf unseren Sozialen Kanälen, die innovative grüne Lösungen entwickeln und in den Markt einführen. Wer sich dafür interessiert, kann zum Wochenausklang einen Blick in unseren Twitter oder LinkedIn-Channel werfen. Nachfolgend möchten wir euch nun erstmal die bislang präsentierten #StartupsForFuture mit ihren nachhaltigen grünen Lösungen etwas ausführlicher vorstellen.

Acht Nachhaltigkeitslösungen aus dem Loft-System

Paptic – Paptic mustert Plastikverpackungen aus

Das finnische Startup Paptic Ltd. hat eine Lösung entwickelt, mit der sich Plastikmüll vermeiden lässt. Sie ersetzen Verpackungen aus Plastik durch Holzfasern, die aus einer nachhaltigen Forstwirtschaft stammen. Das Material ist mit dem etablierten FSC-Siegel zertifiziert. Ihre Produkte sind vollständig biologisch abbaubar, erneuerbar und recycelbar. Damit bieten sie eine umweltfreundliche, wirtschaftliche Lösung für Händler, Verpackungslieferanten und Markeninhaber zum schonenden Umgang mit Ressourcen.

Binando – Binando bringt smarte Mülleimer auf die Straße 

Den Füllstand von Müllcontainern ermitteln Sensoren, die das Stuttgarter Startup Binando GmbH entwickelt hat. Diese integriert Binando in Abfallbehälter. So kann der Füllstand in Echtzeit-Datenübertragung an eine Cloud weitergegeben werden, wo die Daten analysiert werden. Abfallentsorger können aus diesen Daten logistische Schlüsse ziehen und es müssen nur die Abfallbehälter angefahren werden, die über einen hohen Füllstand verfügen. Dadurch werden Kosten, Ressourcen und Emissionen gespart. Die Binando Lösung ist ein Plug & Play System mit dem Vorteil, dass es sich leicht und ohne großen technischen Aufwand installieren und nutzen lässt. Ihre Batterien und das Energiemanagement der Hardware sind auf Langlebigkeit ausgerichtet. Aus dem Grund kann das System wartungsarm betrieben werden.

Blacksquared GmbH– Changers motiviert Mitarbeiter spielerisch zu mehr Bewegung und Radfahren

Hinter Changers steht die Blacksquared GmbH. Mit ihrem spielerischen Ansatz motivieren sie Mitarbeiter in Unternehmen etwas Gutes für sich und die Umwelt zu tun. Anstelle des Pkws einfach mal zu Fuß gehen oder mit dem Rad fahren. Davon profitiert nicht nur die Gesundheit. Es hilft ebenso den Verkehr zu reduzieren, Staus zu vermeiden und selbstverständlich auch dem Klima. Die App erfasst jeden nachhaltig zurückgelegten Kilometer und belohnt mit auf einem Marktplatz einlösbaren Bonuspunkten, Baumpflanzaktionen oder Spendenprojekten. Unternehmen können die Changers CO2 fit App für ihr betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement als Whitelabel-Lösung einsetzen.

360report GmbH GmbH – 360report erstellt automatisiert Nachhaltigkeitsberichte 

Mit ihren Software-Lösungen ist die 360report GmbH auf die automatisierte Erstellung von Nachhaltigkeitsberichten für Unternehmen spezialisiert. Seit 2017 sind große Unternehmen per CSR-Richtlinie-Umsetzungsgesetz dazu verpflichtet jährlich einen Nachhaltigkeitsbericht zu erstellen. Die Software-Tools sind auf etablierte Richtlinien, beispielsweise der Global Reporting Initiative (GRI 4), dem Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK) oder dem UN Global Compact ISO 26000 ausgelegt. Weitere Standards lassen sich ebenfalls integrieren. So können auch Umweltberichte nach EMAS, Fortschrittsberichte für die ISO 14001-Zertifizierung oder Berichte nach weiteren umweltrelevanten Normen erstellt werden. Eine Erstellung von Energieaudit-Berichten ist ebenfalls möglich. Die Software-Tools reduzieren den Aufwand für die Berichterstellung. Damit nützen sie auch Unternehmen, die sich verstärkt für Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz im Unternehmen einsetzen wollen.

envuco UG – envucos Softwarelösung macht Gebäude auf nachhaltigem Wege smart 

Die Gründer von envuco sind überzeugt, dass smarte Technologie weder teuer noch umweltschädlich sein darf. Aus diesem Grund haben sie eine grüne funkbasierte Komplettlösung für smarte Gebäude entwickelt, die komplett ohne Batterie, Kabel und Wartung auskommt. Indem sie ihre Produkte mit einer Harvesting-Technologie ausstatten und nachhaltige Materialien für Sensoren und Aktoren verwenden, sollen auf dem Weg nicht nur CO2-Emissionen in Wohn- und Nichtwohngebäuden eingespart, sondern auch Energiekosten und Ressourceneinsatz deutlich reduziert werden. Zudem verbinden sie Gebäudeautomation mit Smart Metering, wodurch sich Energieverbräuche darstellen und Einsparungen realisieren lassen. Ihre Komplettlösung ist für Unternehmen kostenfrei, wobei sie an den erzielten Einsparungen für die Dauer von 5 Jahren partizipieren wollen.

GREENbimlabs GmbH – GREENbimlabs schließt Stoffkreisläufe in Gebäuden

Eine weitere nachhaltige Gebäudelösung hat das Startup GREENbimlabs aus Aachen entwickelt. Kern der Lösung ist Aikana – eine Softwareplattform. Sie ermittelt Materialsicherheit, Stoffkreisläufe und Recycelbarkeit von Materialien. Auf Basis der Daten werden Bewertungen erstellt und Empfehlungen für die Optimierung gegeben. Mit ihr lassen sich alle Instandhaltungs- und Lebenszyklenkosten von Bauvorhaben simulieren. Bauunternehmen, Architekten und Behörden erhalten so Unterstützung bei ihrer nachhaltigen Gebäudeplanung, bei der von Anfang an Wiederverwendbarkeit und Recyclingfähigkeit von Baumaterialien in den Blick genommen werden.

Carbon Analytics – Carbon Analytics optimiert den CO2-Fußabdruck für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen

Das Startup Carbon Analytics hat eine Webplattform entwickelt. Sie erstellt für kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen CO2-Bilanzen. Dem CO2-Fußabdruck zugrunde gelegt werden die Einkaufsdaten der Unternehmen. Im Anschluss daran gibt das Programm Verbesserungsvorschläge. Setzt das Unternehmen diese um, können die Verbesserungen über die Benutzeroberfläche visualisiert werden. Diese wiederum können in Form von Berichten und Zertifikaten für Präsentationszwecke genutzt werden.

carbonauten GmbH– carbonauten veredeln Biomassereste zu Biokohle durch CO2 Entzug aus der Atmosphäre 

Mit ihrem carbonauten-System hat die carbonauten GmbH ein Verfahren entwickelt, aus dem aus Biomasse-Resten, beispielsweise aus der Holz-, Land-, Forst- und Lebensmittelindustrie Biokohlenstoffe erzeugt werden können. Diese können den CO2-Gehalt senken oder sind CO2-neutral produziert. Sie können erdölbasierte Produkte am Markt ersetzen. Ganz nebenbei erzeugen sie auch noch erneuerbare Energie, die sich für die Wärme- und Stromversorgung nutzen lässt. Ihre dezentral gewonnenen Biokohlenstoffe lassen sich zu Produkten wie Bioaktivkohle, Biofutterkohle, Biogrillkohle oder Hilfsstoffe für Biogasanlagen oder Böden weiterverarbeiten. Die carbonauten GmbH arbeitet darüber hinaus an weiteren innovativen Produkten, wie zum Beispiel Biokoks aus Altholz oder Dämm- und Verpackungsmaterialien.