MagnoTherm Solutions is the Startup of the Week 6: Next generation cooling

Energy Efficiency and Environment, Health & FoodTech

Conventional cooling systems often use problematic gases. In this case “problematic” means extremely flammable, toxic or refers to a high greenhouse effect. Our startup of the week does without these gases in their products and uses magnetic materials instead. Timur Sirman, Co-Founder of MagnoTherm Solutions, explains today how this works exactly.

Hello Timur! Thanks for being here today. Our first question is this: What is behind MagnoTherm Solutions?

We develop and build environmentally friendly cooling units for the cooling and heating systems of the future: with magnetic materials without any problematic gases.

How does this process work?

Active metals are cyclically heated and cooled by means of a permanent magnet. This is done by the magnetocaloric effect of these active metals. They become warm when they are exposed to a magnetic field – and cold when the magnetic field is reduced. Using a water-based exchange medium, the heat and cold can be transported from the solid and made useful. For this purpose, motor, pump, valves and control elements are used.

Why is it better to dispense with gases and use magnetic materials instead?

Without the use of F-gases, flammable gases, toxic gases or other problematic gases, our system is up to 40% more efficient than the best compressor-based cooling system available today. And this is independent of the temperature stroke or temperature range. This can be achieved by individualizing the active metals. As a result, highly efficient systems can be realized even for warm ambient temperatures and small temperature strokes, with a greenhouse potential of zero.

And that in turn is better for the environment. How do you integrate it all into a business model?

Our cooling units are integrated by our customer into his cooling system and then sold to the user. Here we develop customized products for our integration partner. In doing so, we can respond very quickly and precisely to the respective needs of the user, as our standardized structure allows the active metals to be adapted to the requirements at any time.

Who do you address with your products?

In principle, we can implement cooling units with a cooling capacity between 100 W and 100 kW. The European supermarket refrigeration industry is the first sales market, as the challenges are the greatest there. However, other markets we address are IT cooling, industrial cooling and heat pumps.

What stage of development are you currently in? How mature is your product?

We are currently building the first prototype, which will have a cooling capacity of 500 W to 1kW. This year we will equip a cooling system for Food&Beverages with this. At the same time, we are in talks with development partners to build further systems.

Timur, I’m afraid we’ve come to the end of the interview. We thank you for the exciting interview and wish you continued success. To find more about MagnoTherm Solutions, you can take a look at their Innoloft profile!

ChargeX is the Startup of the Week 5: Future-proof charging infrastructure for electric mobility

Energy Efficiency and Environment, Mobility

The switch to alternative drives in the field of mobility is in full swing. E-mobility is one way to implement the energy transition on the road. But the expansion of charging infrastructure is long and complicated. It is therefore only a question of time before a shortage in the availability of charging points appears. ChargeX, our Startup of the Week, has developed a product for that. It makes the assembly and development of new charging points easier and more efficient. An exciting idea, which we talk about in an interview with co-founder and CBDO Michael Masnitza.

Hello, Michael! We are happy to learn more about your startup today and therefore we will start right away. What is your idea at ChargeX?

At ChargeX we develop modular charging solutions for electric cars.

It would be great, if you would give us some background information about your solutions. How does your idea work in detail?

With our modular charging solution for electric cars called “Aqueduct” many parking spaces can be electrified at low cost and with little installation effort. The modular concept enables operators of fleet parking lots and underground garages to expand their charging infrastructure cost-effectively and in line with demand.

The modular charging system of ChargeX starts with the start module. This is regularly installed by an electrician. It forms the first charging point and contains all core components such as the energy meter and the internet connection. Now further charging points, the expansion modules, can be added as required, simply as “plug & play”. Based on our intelligent charging algorithm, the electric car to be charged is determined during operation. From the customer’s point of view, we offer a modular multiple socket for charging stations. From a grid viewpoint, we create a small microgrid of charging stations to make optimal use of the existing grid connection.

Since electromobility is currently on everyone’s lips, most of the problems are already known and are being addressed by many young companies. What makes your solution special and how do you open up the way to practical application?

Aqueduct makes optimum use of the existing network infrastructure thanks to our sequential load management and the plug&play system reduces installation costs to a minimum. Our product concept focuses on advantages that can only be used if several parking spaces are electrified. In addition, we save many components, which also makes the hardware significantly cheaper. This makes it very easy for our customers to set up a large-scale charging infrastructure. Aqueduct is a complete system. Even the internet connection to a backend is pre-configured. So the customer only has to unpack it, install the system and he has immediately set up several charging points. If he needs more charging points in the future, he can easily add more modules.

What is the pricing-model for Aqueduct?

Our system is primarily aimed at companies that need charging points for their fleet or employees. Of course, it is also ideally suited for urban living areas, i.e. large underground car parks. Each charging module costs 750€. We offer a Starter-KIT consisting of 4 modules and all installation materials for 3499 €. If the customer needs an additional backend system, we deliver a partner backend directly with the system.

You have just briefly mentioned your target group that ChargeX addresses. In which other segments and industries are your customers establishing themselves?

Our charging solution is designed for private and semi-public charging of electric cars, i.e. at home or at work. The applications are the electrification of company parking lots, underground garages or garages of residential buildings with more than one electric car. The customers are communities of owners or operators of these fleet parking lots and underground garages. In addition to private individuals, a Renault car dealership was acquired as a test partner and we have validated our concept in several customer meetings and received LOIs.

We compete with manufacturers of low-cost charging stations and with hardware-oriented providers of load management systems. However, these cause high costs per charging point, are expensive to install or not suitable for the electrification of several parking spaces. By deliberately avoiding the market segments of quick charging stations and public charging, which are in the focus of the media, we can offer a more suitable and cost-efficient solution for the customer. We are targeting the growth market of charging infrastructure in the private and semi-public charging segment. Our product can be used throughout Europe.

Which brings me to my last question: You founded the company in 2017 and have certainly reached some milestones since then. What are these milestones? Where do you currently stand in the development of Aqueduct?

With our first prototype, we have achieved proof of concept thanks to the support of the Climate-KIC Accelerator. In mid-2018 we were able to convince the first business angels of our idea. The product (MVP) is certified since March 2019 and the first pilot customers like Volkswagen are already equipped with charging systems. Aqueduct can be ordered regularly. However, as a startup we cannot cover all areas of the value chain. We are primarily looking for local resellers for our charging solution. Currently we are looking for seed financing of 1.5M€ for the preparation of scaling.

Michael, thank you very much for the interesting interview! We wish you every success in the further implementation of your vision. If anyone would like to support ChargeX, please have a look at their Innoloft profile or the Innoloft requests.

SOLARIMO is the startup of the week 2: New energy for cities

Energy Efficiency and Environment, Energy Market & Trading, Energy Supply

The consequences of climate change are already very noticable. Fortunately, in Germany we have not yet been affected by natural disasters such as floods or severe forest fires. Nevertheless, we too must transform our behaviour to be more sustainable. Photovoltaics and green electricity are popular solutions to curb the production of CO2. However, the planning and construction of such a system is often complicated and daunting. Our start-up of the week, SOLARIMO takes care of exactly this case. We discussed what this looks like in detail with Sebastian Lammers, project developer at SOLARIMO.

Hi, Sebastian! Thanks for taking time for us today. We are very much looking forward to getting to know SOLARIMO better. So would you give us a little pitch right now about what you do at SOLARIMO?

Sure! SOLARIMO plans, builds and operates photovoltaic systems on rental properties. This generates the so-called tenant electricity with which we give the tenants access to the cheap green electricity from their own roof. In this way we contribute to a sustainable energy supply.

That sounds very exciting! What exactly does the concept behind it look like?

As already mentioned, we build and plan photovoltaic systems on apartment buildings and offer the sustainably generated electricity to the tenants. The building owners benefit from a sustainable and social upgrading of their properties. The entire construction process is carried out and accompanied by us with local installers. This implementation of a tenant electricity project is possible with our model for new and existing properties. We also implement projects with battery storage units and charging points for electric vehicles.

At present, there are many new companies with the idea of installing photovoltaic systems on real estate and thus generating green electricity. What added value do you generate with SOLARIMO that your competitors do not offer?

We offer our customers a complete tenant electricity package. Here we take over the consulting, planning, financing and installation of the system. In addition, we take care of the entire process, including marketing and selling the electricity to the tenants. The tenants receive the complete power supply from us at a price at least 10% below the basic supply tariff. They can thus participate in and benefit from the energy turnaround. By installing photovoltaic systems, building owners contribute to the energy turnaround in urban areas and ensure a local and climate-friendly energy supply.

I see. What does your pricing model look like?

Our business model is simple: we offer tenants a low-cost and ecological electricity tariff and try to produce the majority of the electricity on their own roof. At the same time, our B2B customers gain an advantage by being able to position themselves sustainably. We generate our income from selling electricity to the tenants and from the remuneration for feeding the remaining electricity into the grid.

Until now you have named the B2B sector as one of your customer segments. Do you target your product only at B2B customers? Could you be more specific about your target groups??

Our customer group can be divided into the B2B and B2C market. B2B are the building owners. This would include, for example, cooperatives, housing construction companies as well as project developers and municipalities. Currently we are only active nationally.

Finally, we would like to know in which development phase SOLARIMO is currently in. What are your future goals, especially in 2020?

SOLARIMO has been on the market for 2 years and has already implemented more than 3200 Kwp in energy in over 35 projects. At present, several follow-up orders are already on hold in various cooperatives, so that we look forward to the next fiscal year with confidence and optimism. As we are a corporate start-up of the Engie Group, we are not dependent on external financing next year.

Sebastian, thank you very much for this exciting and detailed interview. We wish you every success for the further development of SOLARIMO. If you would like to support you in this, please take a look at your Innoloft profile.

Greenlytics is the Startup of the Week 51: weather forecasting for decision optimization

Energy Efficiency and Environment, IT & ICT

Weather forecasting is actually more interesting than just knowing if there will be rain tomorrow. Knowing how weather will affect business operations is very important for power and utility companies. Greenlytics, our Startup of the Week is using weather data and artificial intelligence to help companies to transform into a sustainable and more efficient way to produce and consume energy. We spoke to Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi, CEO of Greenlytics, to find out more about their idea.

Hello Sebastian, thank you for taking time for this interview! We start directly with the first question: How would you describe Greenlytics in one sentence?

At Greenlytics, we are like Google analytics for weather and energy data.

Could you tell us more about the technology that you are using?

Sure! We combine the fields of energy, meteorology and data science to create products that help in the transformation to a sustainable energy future. We offer a platform, with four different modules.

The first one is the datahub, where weather data gets collected and stored. In this case, weather data consists out of measurement, analysis and forecast information.

Second, we have our business impact forecast. In detail that means that we make mappings between weather forecasts and how the future weather might impact the business of energy companies. This forecasted impact could for example be, future heat consumption for district heating, storm impact on grid infrastructure or forecasting of renewable power production. The forecasting module uses open source machine learning technologies that can be run on scalable compute infrastructure for large scale computations.

Moreover we have the decision optimisation, which provides scalable optimisation technology. To illustrate: business impact forecasts can be used as input to optimise decisions regarding power trading, maintenance or operations.

The last module in our platform is the visualisation module. This is especially important for the user. With this module we create interactive visualisations that make Big (weather) Data and output from machine learning models descriptive and intuitive for the users.

This sounds very promising, especially with regard to the technologies used. In order to survive on the market in the long run, you still have to prevail against competing companies. Which unique selling proposition do you use to approach this competition?

To put it simply: With the Greenlytics Platform our customers save an immense amount of time. What I mean by that is, energy companies can go from an idea to actual operational value in just 20% of the time compared to before. In addition to this, the Greenlytics platform allows to pull human operators out from the decision loop. Therefore they can oversee and criticise data-driven decisions. We are making decision problems easy to solve, improve process efficiency and reduce costs. It also allows companies to reduce their environmental impact and increase reliability of their assets.

How do you incorporate your product into a profitable business model? Do you offer your product as a service?

Yes, exactly. We offer our Software as a Service, meaning that you get access to the software, but it is still hosted on our servers. Also we employ a ”pay-as-you-go” business model, that is similar to cloud providers such as Amazon or IBM Cloud.

And where is your target market located?

Currently, most of our clients are from Europe. However we are also operating internationally.

What are your plans for the future of Greenlytics? As far as I know, you have recently launched a new product, is that correct?

Yes, we just launched the Beta of our Forecasting-as-a-Service product offering. Anyone can go to our website and sign up – and it will be completely for free during the Beta period. Now we are looking to get pilots as well as investors. For the pilots we are looking to do weather analytics projects for utility companies to help solve their needs as well as continue the development of our platform.

Sebastian, thank you very much for giving us detailed insights into Greenlytics and your products. We are thrilled to see your startup develop further, especially during the next year.

More interesting information about Greenlytics can be found in their Innoloft profile and their requests.

Komprenu is the Startup of the Week 50: Innovative Software for Energy Monitoring and Condition Monitoring

Energy Efficiency and Environment, IT & ICT

When it comes to saving resources, you can fall back on many software solutions that measure the consumption of equipment and machines. However, a company uses equipment from different manufacturers that needs to be monitored. Therefore there are often compatibility problems. In order to make energy monitoring and condition monitoring more transparent, our startup of the week, Komprenu, has developed a software solution that makes it much easier to view data and find potential savings. We sat down with Rolf-Dieter Clavery, CEO of Komprenu, to discuss the solutions and technologies in detail.

Hello Rolf-Dieter! I’m glad you have time to answer a few questions! Let’s dive straight in. What are you doing at Komprenu?

At Komprenu we are committed to making resource conservation easy. For this purpose, we develop our manufacturer-independent Katmai platform. The platform records data for energy management, condition monitoring or building data. The data is visualized and the savings potential can be optimally exploited with the help of machine learning.

That sounds like an exciting idea! The visualization aspect in particular makes it easier for users to quickly understand the data and take appropriate action. What technology is behind it?

The data is collected from the measuring devices in a company and transmitted to our server via a small connector and a secure connection. There, the data is processed and subjected to analysis. The configuration and the visualization, which can be designed by the user, take place via a pure web interface. This means that the application can be operated and used on any device, from a mobile device to a desktop PC.

In most cases, the measurement structures in companies have grown over time. It is therefore likely that different measuring devices and/or platforms have come together. We can use different data sources and also merge data from several portals of different manufacturers or energy suppliers into one database. The energy manager in a company no longer has to manually check different sources for a monthly report, and thus gets more time to take care of the optimization issue.

But energy monitoring is nothing new anymore. After all, there are many young companies that take up this challenge. What makes you stand out?

Our software makes the consumption of resources transparent: where is how much of which resource consumed and when. Other EM systems do the same. However, we go further and offer to look into the machine with extended sensor technology and to record status data there as well, which can then be related to the consumption data. This makes it possible to form key figures, down to a single piece in series production. Once these figures have been determined, they can also be used to calculate the energy consumption for the planned production. In addition, the energy consumption can be optimized and/or the energy can be purchased on the spot market.

That sounds like a good showcase! Do you sell your software as part of a Software-as-a-Service model?

Our software is still in a state of flux and is constantly being expanded. Therefore, we currently only offer it as a service, which we operate in a German computer center certified according to ISO 27001. In the foreseeable future, however, it will also be available as an “On Premises” solution.

We charge a monthly flat rate for the service and an amount per measured value. This makes the costs manageable and affordable even for small businesses.

Saving resources is a process that takes some time and is carried out in different steps. We would like to accompany this process. In addition to our software, we also offer support in planning the measuring points, together with the energy manager or an energy consultant, the configuration and setup of the visualization. In addition, we help with the interpretation of the collected data.

We are also happy to create software for individual projects as a service. Together we have more than half a century of experience in the development of software for industrial processes in various industries. We are happy to bring this knowledge to our customers!

Which target group do you want to reach with your product? And on which markets do you already operate?

Now at the beginning, our target group is the plastics processing industry. Here there is a savings potential of up to 50 %. Even in smaller companies, costs can be saved every year in the amount of the price of a privatly-owned apartment. Ok, we are not talking about the size of the apartment here… However, we do not limit ourselves to this, but offer our services to companies of any industry!

Especially suppliers for larger companies will have to face the challenge of climate neutrality. Here the saving of energy, as preparation, is a must.

The finiteness of resources does not stop at German borders. This also applies to Europe and the rest of the world. Even if we first address companies predominantly in Germany, the web platform offers a location- and country-independent possibility to offer the services.

You mentioned earlier that you want to further develop your software. Where are you standing right now with Komprenu and your Katmai platform?

Our platform is ready to collect and visualize data and is looking for pilot customers. We are currently working to implement the remaining items on the BAFA list and to be classified as eligible energy management software. This should be the case in Q1/2020. In parallel, we are planning the next steps towards condition monitoring and machine learning.

Rolf-Dieter, thank you very much for this exciting interview! We wish you continued success in expanding your product and look forward to seeing how Komprenu will develop!

If you want to learn more about Komprenu, take a look at their Innoloft profile and their Innoloft Requests!

Bia is the startup of week 49: AI-controlled optimization of power grids for electromobility

Energy Efficiency and Environment, IT & ICT

Electric cars are gaining ground due to economic and environmental developments. However, our electricity grids are not designed for these developments. Because the electrification of transport increases peak demand and causes additional costs, inefficiencies and environmental pollution in the electricity grids. In addition, electricity grids have difficulties integrating renewable energies due to interruptions and a lack of disposition control, which leads to fluctuations in the grid. Our startup of the week, Bia, has addressed these issues and developed machine learning solutions for them. Today we talk to Anne-Lise Laurain, Head of Product Strategy at Bia, to learn more about the startup and his idea.

Hello Anne-Lise! Thank you for taking the time for us today. We’ll start with the first question right away. What are you doing at Bia?

At Bia, we develop software solutions to transform electric vehicles and distributed storage into core components of clean and resilient power grids. We control the charging process of electric vehicles so that the entire flexible capacity is available for grid operation, while fleets and individual EV owners have constant availability, cheaper charging and healthier batteries.

That sounds very exciting! How does the whole thing work in detail?

Our software platform provides tools for optimized interoperability between e-mobility and utilities. It reduces power costs and minimizes battery degradation for EVs by optimizing the charging process while maintaining the customer experience. In addition, our software is able to remotely control charging and forecasting flexibility. This provides network operators with new tools to manage peak loads from EVs and facilitate intermittent renewable energy integration.

Our first service offering, Analytics for Insights, includes data analysis to identify the flexibility value, a simulation model with optimization scenarios, and a proposal for implementation. When we implement an optimized EV charge, our customers save money, conserve battery power and have the opportunity to participate in grid services.

We also have optimisation software called Opti. It includes customizable options such as incentive regulation for high power generation times. Finally, the consolidation and optimisation of these storage facilities becomes a valuable network service, enabling new revenue from peak loads, demand sponsoring and additional services, and providing valuable data sets and insights for network operators.

At the moment many people are working on the optimization of store networks, what distinguishes you from their ideas?

Our platform is based on an asset-agnostic cloud architecture that can be used for a wide range of distributed storage resources and is designed for large-scale deployment. Our machine learning algorithms analyze and predict EV behavior. Then our optimization and aggregation models find the highest value in flexibility, renewable consumption and participation in carrier markets.

Unlike most of our competitors, we do not focus on hardware development, but on the development of scalable and hardware-independent software.

In addition, we strategically include the untapped market of light EV fleets, which only very few companies consider. “Analytics for Insights” provides data analysis services that simulate optimization opportunities for customers before they decide to implement our software.

Our pilot projects in the emerging energy markets offer the opportunity to validate a wide range of applications, from charge optimization to V2G capabilities, while we establish Bia as a global platform with positive impacts on rural communities and mini-networks to centralized systems in the most advanced environments.

We are a “world positive” company with the conviction that Zero Carbon Grids are not only possible, but that they are robust, reliable and accessible to all.

How do you integrate your cloud solution including the various services into one business model?

We have various opportunities to generate sales. First, Bia generates revenue through data and simulation services with consulting contracts under Analytics for Insights. This is calculated at a fixed project price, which varies depending on the size and quality of the data set and the volume of the fleet or loading infrastructure capacity.

First, we generate revenue from a monthly fee with Opti implementations as EV operators and charging point owners benefit from lower electricity bills, optimized battery life and participation in grid services.

As an aggregator, we will generate revenue from participation in demand management, load shifting and the provision of ancillary services.

For utilities, we can offer flexibility forecasts, visibility behind the meter and data services for real-time and future planning requirements for a flat annual fee.

In which markets are you represented?

We are focusing on Europe and the US as we see the potential in opening the markets for EV growth and demand response. Based on expected EV growth in the US and Europe and Cenex research from network services, the combined market size in Europe and the US will be at least $50 billion by 2030.

We also see significant opportunities in emerging markets, as the growth of light EVs and renewable energy will exponentially increase over the next few years. Overall, we see a global market opportunity of $100 billion.

Where do you stand at the moment with the development of Bia? Is your cloud platform already usable?

7 months ago we officially founded ourselves and are a member of the Telefonica Accelerator Program. We are also involved in several other pilot projects and programs. For example, we have a LEV2MG (Light-EV 2 Minigrid) pilot project in Bangladesh in cooperation with SOLShare, which owns and operates 18 micro-networks throughout the country. We see great potential in emerging markets to validate our technology, train our AI and test commercial strategies. We are also working on a new pilot in Uganda to monitor and optimize the battery change stations for electric motorcycles.

Our current focus is on using our MVP in the commercial environment and integrating our customer pipeline through Analytics for Insights, which provides data and optimization services.

We are now in a seed financing round and are looking for angel investors, public funds and grants to generate our first revenues.

Anne-Lise, unfortunately we have already arrived at the end of the interview. Thank you very much for the exciting insights into your idea. People, who are interested in Bia can check out your Innoloft Profile and your Innoloft Requests.

Nuventura is the Startup of the Week 31: the next generation of gas insulated switchgear

Energy Efficiency and Environment, Energy Supply

The term CO2 is probably most present one in discussions and reports on greenhouse gases. Less frequently, compounds such as methane or nitrous oxide fall. However, only those who are more intensively involved with the subject have come across the family of fluorinated greenhouse gases. Unlike the classic greenhouse gases, the so-called F-gases are not released as unwanted by-products (e.g. during the combustion of fossil raw materials), but are produced specifically. According to the Umwelt Bundesamt, their effect on the ozone layer is up to 100 to 24.000 times higher than that of carbon dioxide. Our Startup of the Week, nuventura, rightly sees a need for action there and is therefore developing a technology that works without SF6. CEO Fabian Lemke explains more about the background in the interview.

Hey, Fabian. Thank you so much for taking the time for us! Would you give us a short pitch for the beginning?

nuventura empowers a safer and more efficient energy grid free from SF6 – the most potent greenhouse gas in existence.

An energy network contains a large number of components. Where does your solution start?

nuventura has invented a new revolutionary switchgear – essential component of any electricity grid – that is free from greenhouse gases and outperforms the existing industry standard.
Existing gas insulated switchgear (GIS) are based on SF6 – the most potent greenhouse gas humanity knows. It is 23,500 times worse than CO2 in terms of its global warming effect. It is a synthetic gas for which neither a natural sink exists, nor an effective disposal method is at hand, making its accumulation in the atmosphere virtually irreversible. On top of this, the gas is extremely long-lived: SF6’s atmospheric lifetime is 3,200 years, which is well beyond CO2‘s 100-200- year lifetime.
The available data shows that every year approx. 8000t of SF6 are emitted into the atmosphere (equivalent of 188,000,000t of CO2). 80% of all the SF6 produced is used inside gas insulated switchgear. nuventura has developed a GIS that instead of SF6 simply uses the air we all breathe, in such a way eliminating the usage of this highly potent greenhouse gas.

That sounds very promising. Are there additional advantages associated with your switchgear?

The technology does not only have the potential to trigger a greenhouse gas emission reduction equivalent to 100 million cars, but it also significantly improves the performance of the switchgear. It enables, for the first time, integrated type tested sensor system. The technology paves the way for industry 4.0 applications, such as condition monitoring, predictive maintenance or dynamic adjustments of maximum acceptable loads. Its innovative design reduces total cost of ownership due to the enabled benefits and extended lifetime. It, furthermore, allows for competitive production and operation by simplifying the manufacturing process and removing the need for gas handling and expensive manufacturing processes common in SF6-based designs.

What is the distribution of your development like?

We license our technology to manufacturers, functioning as an R&D centre for them. We also collaborate with the end users of our technology (DSOs and industry) to ensure that nuventura’s switchgear is designed to their needs.

You have just mentioned the industrial sector as a potential market. How big is the total market you are moving in?

In total, our technology addresses a market of € 11.1 Bn that will continue to grow with a 10 % CAGR to become a € 23.1 Bn market by 2024. Our target clients are the global community of switchgear manufacturers and our product is suited for global use.

That’s really great potential. What have you already done to open up this market?

Nuventura has recently closed its seed investment round including E.ON, VC Fonds Technologie Berlin managed by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Apex Energy Teterow and existing investors. After the investment, several grants, loans and national and international innovation prizes won, nuventura now has a substantial 7-digit EUR amount at hand to realize its upcoming goals and milestones. Our focus now is to continue certifying our sustainable, patented technology for gas insulated switchgear for commercial application in the medium voltage range and to enter the market for switchgear technologies as a technology licensing company. We are currently carrying out a pilot project with the German utility company, Westnetz/Innogy and are in preparation for another pilot with E.ON’s network operator E.DIS has that is to be launched in autumn this year.

Fabian, thank you very much for this exciting interview! We hope to hear a lot from you in the future and support your approach to greenhouse gas reduction. In this context we would like to draw your attention to your Energieloft Request, in which you are looking for companies that would like to work with you. As always, interested parties are welcome to contact you.

Take off together with METRO as pilot customer

Energy Efficiency and Environment, Energy Storage, IT & ICT, Smart City & Buildings

Together with METRO we started a new Challenge. Now we are looking for startups with innovative ideas who wants to bring them to market together with METRO. You can apply for it until July 23rd 2019 with your cooperation idea at METRO, a leading international specialist for wholesale and food retailing.

You can win METRO as a pilot customer for your paid innovation projects. METRO turnover was 37 billioon Euro in 2017 / 18. More then 150.000 employees work for METRO worldwide.

We are looking for digital solutions for the METRO Stores in the following areas decentralised power generation and storage, IoT networked buildings, energy-efficient buildings as well as innovation ideas for METRO customers in the restaurant sector.

As part of its digitization strategy, METRO wants to invest in new innovative solutions – products, business models, process improvements.


ENERGIELOFT supports METRO in the selection of suitable ideas. You submit these to us. If your cooperation ideas are short-listed, you can spend half a day with a METRO employee at the company headquarters in Düsseldorf. There you will discuss your idea personally. Afterwards you will present it to a panel of experts. Once you’ve convinced them of your cooperation idea, you’ll start the paid pilot project together with METRO. If the implementation is successful, you can look forward to a long-term cooperation with METRO.


All startups not older than ten years can apply worldwide.

Further information on the Challenge and the application you can find here: METRO Startup Challenge