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

In just six month start of a CarSharing mobility service


Mobility

Municipal utilities have always been reliable suppliers of electricity and gas. However, in addition to energy as their main pillar, they are opening up new fields of business in the course of changing markets and offers. This also applies to Stadtwerke Langenfeld.

In just six months, they have launched a new mobility service offer on Langenfeld’s roads together with the startup Digital Mobility Solutions GmbH (MOQO) and support from ENERGIELOFT. Since the beginning of this year a flexible car sharing service LFeld.mobil has been available to the inhabitants of Langenfeld.

Customers can gain access via the Langenfeld mobility platform. Here they can initially register free of charge, have their driving licence confirmed and deposit payment information. The vehicles can be accessed by downloading the app, preferably on the smartphone in the Google Play Store (Android) or in the App Store (iPhone). There is currently a Smart ForTwo electric vehicle and a Seat Leon to choose from.

If a vehicle of the Langenfelder CarSharing fleet is needed, it can be activated simply by smartphone. After activation, the doors can also be opened without a key. Once the journey has been completed, billing is automatically carried out using the stored bank data.

The project could be realized by the whitelabel offer of Digital Mobility Solutions GmbH. By providing their mobility platform, they take over the operation and management of shared mobility services for companies. They also take care of keyless access to CarSharing vehicles, customer support and apps.

This means that the CarSharing concept can also be transferred to other municipalities and companies. With their whitelabel approach and their Software-as-a-Services package, they offer various players the opportunity for integration. ENERGIELOFT supports the process of business model development.

Video on business model development