STARTUP AMPEERS ENERGY WINS FRAUNHOFER FOUNDER PRIZE 2019 EN

AMPEERS ENERGY awarded the Fraunhofer Founder's Prize 2019: Start-up convinces with its simple, smart solutions for the decentralized energy turnaround

AMPEERS ENERGY wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2019, which is endowed with €5000. The start-up convinced the expert jury of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Hightech-Gründerfonds with its cloud-based solution for the smart networking and systematic management of decentralized energy systems.

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by Dr. Karsten Schmidt,
Gerrit Ellerwald, Tobias Müller
, authors
Published on 19.02.2020

by Dr. Karsten Schmidt,
Gerrit Ellerwald, Tobias Müller
, authors
Published on 19.02.2020

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AMPEERS ENERGY solves a basic problem of energy market transformation

In the jury’s statement, Thomas Doppelberger, head of Fraunhofer Venture, emphasized that the AMPEERS ENERGY team had solved a basic problem of the transformation of the energy market with Fraunhofer technology: „In a very short time, AMPEERS ENERGY has developed a high-tech application from applied research that not only represents a quantum leap in decentralized energy management for companies, but also turns the energy revolution into a business model for its customers.

Dr. Karsten Schmidt, CEO of AMPEERS ENERGY, is grateful for the start-up assistance provided by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and adds: „With the competent and long-standing energy industry platform developed over many years, we can differentiate ourselves in the market in an excellent way right from the start. Equally exciting, however, is the future cooperation with Fraunhofer, which will enable us to continuously integrate further innovations into our solutions“.

Dr. Andreas Olmes, Principal at High-Tech Gründerfonds confirms: „Especially in the field of renewables, the networking of different energy sources and consumers is the key to success. This is exactly what AMPEERS ENERGY delivers“.

Because with the cloud-based software ecosystem from AMPEERS ENERGY it is possible to realize savings potential across all energy components of properties, from the solar system on the roof to the supply of the company’s own fleet of electric vehicles. This protects the environment and the wallets of local consumers. AMPEERS ENERGY uses an energy management platform developed at Fraunhofer IOSB-AST, among other things, to achieve this. The AI-based software automatically forecasts generation and consumption, performs subsequent optimization, and handles the complete processing and billing, including all energy market processes. A special feature is the cross-sectoral approach: The overall optimization includes electricity, heat and mobility.

For players in the energy industry such as energy service providers, e-fleet operators or housing companies, AMPEERS ENERGY’s customized SaaS solutions offer the opportunity for simple and cost-efficient entry into new business models for the decentralized energy turnaround.

Tenant power projects, for example, can realize cost advantages of up to 40% compared to existing solutions. E-vehicles can reduce operating costs by about 750€ per year compared to conventional diesel vehicles and for urban districts, savings of up to 20% are possible through the cross-sectoral optimization of energy supply.

AMPEERS ENERGY is a provider of SaaS solutions and enables decentralized business models

AMPEERS ENERGY is a partner of the energy and real estate industry as well as fleet operators on the way to sustainably profitable, decentralized business models. Up to now, offers relating to the topic of tenant power have only been economical in certain areas. AMPEERS ENERGY is changing that. With the cloud-based software solutions available, entry into tenant electricity, neighbourhood energy management and electromobility is simple and profitable.

As a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the start-up company has access to the latest technologies, which are made available to the energy and real estate industry and fleet operators by a team with many years of experience in the energy industry and agile software developers.

Profitably sustainable: AMPEERS ENERGY and EEG Energie-Einkaufs- und Service GmbH jointly offer tenant electricity as a service for public utilities! EN

Profitably sustainable: AMPEERS ENERGY and EEG Energie-Einkaufs- und Service GmbH jointly offer tenant electricity as a service for public utilities!

The start-up company AMPEERS ENERGY and EEG Energie-Einkaufs- und Service GmbH enter into a cooperation agreement and offer a „tenant electricity as a service“ service for municipal utilities. With the innovative white label solution, EEG’s municipal utility customers finally have a completely carefree solution for the realization of tenant electricity projects: Tenant flow becomes simple and economical.

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by Dr. Karsten Schmidt, author
Published on 03.02.2020

by Dr. Karsten Schmidt, author
Published on 03.02.2020

INHALT

Increasing attractiveness of tenant electricity projects

„From a yield point of view, the implementation of new business models such as tenant flow will increase rapidly in the course of 2020“, is the forecast of Karsten Schmidt, Managing Director and founder of AMPEERS ENERGY, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. The main reason for the growing activities in this area is, on the one hand, the decreasing remuneration for grid feed-in from newly erected photovoltaic plants and, on the other hand, the availability of a digital solution for the easy implementation of such business models.

In particular, the low entry hurdles of the solution offered, which can also be adapted in terms of brand design, enable an economically attractive and practically risk-free implementation. In this context, the low initialization costs and the fully integrated energy industry know-how, with which the complex tenant electricity regulations are completely covered, should be mentioned. In addition, the solution can be connected to the existing processes of a municipal utility company in the shortest possible time via interfaces without having to intervene deeply in the existing IT.

Energy service providers leverage synergy potentials

Especially for small and medium-sized municipal utilities, it is an enormous challenge to develop the mostly small-scale, decentralised business in an economically viable manner without the need for costly and time-consuming development of expertise. Against this background, most sensible tenant electricity projects fail in the concept phase. Marc Wiederhold, Managing Director of EEG Energie-Einkaufs- and Service GmbH, would like to support his municipal utility customers in the economically successful implementation of the decentralised energy turnaround precisely here. As an energy service provider for small and medium-sized municipal utilities, EEG takes on the essential role of a platform for success and consistently exploits the overarching synergy potential. „This means that even small-scale, decentralised business models can be implemented profitably for EEG customers,“ say Wiederhold and Schmidt, inviting all municipal utilities to cooperate.

AMPEERS ENERGY is a provider of SaaS solutions and enables decentralized business models

AMPEERS ENERGY is a partner of the energy and real estate industry as well as fleet operators on the way to sustainably profitable, decentralized business models. Up to now, offers relating to the topic of tenant power have only been economical in certain areas. AMPEERS ENERGY is changing this together with partners like the EEG. With the available cloud-based software solutions, the entry into tenant electricity, neighbourhood energy management and electromobility is easy and profitable.

As a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the start-up company has access to the latest technologies, which are made available to the energy and real estate industry and fleet operators by a team with many years of experience in the energy industry and agile software developers.

Done BREMER PILOT PROJECT WORTH €30,000 GOES TO AMPEERS ENERGY, WINNER OF THE POWER PLANT PITCH „INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE CITIES OF TOMORROW“ EN

BREMER PILOT PROJECT WORTH 30.000€ GOES TO AMPEERS ENERGY, WINNER OF THE KRAFTWERK PITCH
"INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TOMORROW'S CITIES"

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by Tobias Müller, author
Published on 20.12.2020

by Tobias Müller, author
Published on 20.12.2020

kraftwerk, City Accelerator Bremen was created to develop concepts for the cities of tomorrow with strong ideas. The network of experts from various disciplines offers consultants, project managers, programmers and engineers the opportunity to exchange knowledge and work together on new solutions for today’s and future challenges. The main topics are Industry 4.0, Energy, Mobility, as well as Waste Management and Recycling.

On November 26, 2019, nine startups, including AMPEERS ENERGY, were selected from a number of candidates to present their contributions to the „infrastructure of tomorrow“ and to pitch in front of a jury consisting of the managing directors of Bremen-based swb AG.

We are proud that AMPEERS ENERGY, represented by Tobias Müller and Dr. Jörg Kruhl, were able to convince the jury with their service offering. The holistic optimization of energy systems, from local generation management to the controlled charging of electric vehicle fleets, in combination with the modular service catalogue, ensured victory in the „Energy Management“ category.

AMPEERS ENERGY is winner of the start-up pitch „Perfect Match“ EN

AMPEERS ENERGY is winner of the start-up pitch
"Perfect Match"

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by André Lacina, author
Published on 29.10.2019

by André Lacina, author
Published on 29.10.2019

„Renewable Energies + AMPEERS ENERGY = profitable business field“, Gelsenwasser, DEW21 and the municipal utilities of Bochum and Essen have also recognized that this calculation is working out and appointed AMPEERS ENERGY as the winner of the start-up pitch „Perfect Match 2019“ on October 1, 2019 in Herne, endowed with 14,000 euros. Of the 15 start-ups that entered the race, AMPEERS ENERGY was able to fully convince in all three qualification rounds and thus made it among the four winners of the competition.

With the idea of networking planned or existing power supply company projects with artificial intelligence „made by Fraunhofer“ and thus leading decentralized energy generation to undreamt-of economic efficiency, we were able to score ideal points with the jury, which was made up exclusively of experts. Our previous, field-tested results were just as convincing as the modular catalogue of services, with which we can respond individually to the needs of our customers, in one or even several of the application scenarios „energy management„, „controlled charging of commercial vehicle fleets“ or „tenant flow“ – and here even to the astonishment of those present, up to fully automatic white label billing to the end customers! And the fact that not only energy suppliers but also property and fleet managers feel equally attracted by our savings potential confirmed the attractiveness and flexibility that our software suite has to offer.

As a result of the competition, we have won two „project sponsors“ in the form of Gelsenwasser and the Stadtwerke Bochum, who will not only provide us with advice but will also implement joint pilot projects with us. Initial talks will soon be held in Gelsenkirchen to define common goals and draw up a roadmap. We are particularly pleased to benefit from the valuable expertise of these two companies and to demonstrate once again the quality of our software and our optimization competence.

The success of the „Perfect Match 2019“ has shown us that we can claim – not without a little modest pride – that we have chosen the right path with the successful trio of „AE District Manager„, „AE Local Supplier“ and „AE Fleet Optimizer„. Because – as it was to be read on a screensaver in Herne – „Energy turnaround means turning with it!“

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