Digital Solar & Storage Startup Awards

The challenges of the energy transition are manifold – and so are the solutions. With digitalization and storage being the backbone of a New Energy World, SolarPower Europe is again looking for the brightest business ideas in this field.  At the Digital Solar & Storage 2019 Conference on November 5/6 in Brussels, SolarPower Europe will present the 2nd Digital Solar & Storage Start-up Award.

Competition

The voting will take place at the Digital Solar & Storage conference on 5 November, followed by the award ceremony. The prize money is 5000 euros.

 

2019 winner:

The Barcelona-based FlexiDAO has developed a software platform for energy retailers that harnesses the power of blockchain technology to provide energy data management tools needed to offer new smart energy services. Their vision is to provide the IT backbone that enables the transformation of the energy sector into a truly carbon-free, prosumer-centric and democratic market.

Website: www.flexidao.com

 

2019 finalists:

 

The Amsterdam-based AMMP helps energy companies in emerging markets remotely monitor and manage their off-grid energy systems. They provide the operating platform for these companies to realize their full potential by reducing operational costs and enabling innovative business models. AMMP serves and mitigates the conditions prevalent in its target markets: poor connectivity, low accessibility, and challenging environmental conditions.

Website: www.ammp.io

 

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The Cologne-based EINHUNDERT Energie provides solar digital services, with a package including smart metering, energy billing, consumption measurement, and end customer service. Their goal is to make solar energy more efficient and transparent.

Website: www.einhundert-energie.de 

 

 

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The Antwerp-based LIFEPOWER offers easy and reliable access to smart-battery storage for renewable energy, through the design and manufacturing of smart-energy storage solutions – such as, Lithium-Ion battery packs, BMS modules, power electronics, and Virtual Power Plants. Further, the startup created a new and advanced modular energy storage solution called IO, which manages the end-user’s power usage and reserves in order to deliver uninterrupted access to self-generated solar energy as a ready solution for energy sharing, demand response, and grid balancing services.

 

Website: https://lifepowr.co/

 

2019 shortlisted startups:

 

The Luxembourg-based Alma Solar distributes photovoltaic equipment (solar panels, solar inverters and solar batteries) in Europe. The online shop, translated into five languages, lists all best-known brands as well as all the necessary equipment. Alma Solar’s ambition is to democratize photovoltaic systems by offering a range of high quality products at very low prices.

 

Website: www.alma-solarshop.fr

 

 

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The Paris-based Elum Energy provides a flexible and compatible energy monitoring and control platform. The platform uses machine learning to leverage model predictive control in order to increase energy management savings.

Website: www.elum-energy.com

 

 

Solar Design Software

The Porto-based PVComplete provides innovative solar design tools, which enable efficient solar design. Their products include PVSketch, an app built for salespersons to easily create multiple versions for array layouts and energy production models, and PVCAD, CAD software for solar engineers and designers, built on Autodesk technology.

Website: www.pvcomplete.com

 

 

Rocsun

The Berlin-based Rocsun produces inventive solar ground panels. These durable solar panels are integrated into the ground and form a power plant that produces clean electricity from sunlight. The panels substitute conventional pavements and help to build zero emission buildings and sustainable open spaces.

Website: www,rocsun.de

 

 

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The Utrecht-based SunData provides software that optimses solar energy through active monitoring and data analysis. For project developers, the software offers a clear overview of all projects and systems, with up-to-date performance reports. Installers can benefit from analysis of installed systems, early automatic signaling in the event of errors, and service management.

Website: www.sundata.nl

 

 

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All the way from Newcastle, Australia, SwitchDin gives energy companies – network operators, electricity retailers and integrated utilities – the tools they need to securely integrate and manage diverse mixes of small-scale distributed energy resources (DERs) to optimise system-wide outcomes for everyone. Further, they allow energy companies to build and operate virtual power plants and microgrids using a mix of resource types and products.

Website: www.switchdin.com

Timeline

• 01/08/2019 – Competition opens 22/09/2019 –  Deadline for Applications
• 11/10/2019 – Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates
• 18/10/2019 – Announcement of Finalists
• 05/11/2019 – Finalists presentations at Conference in Brussels and Awards Selection

 

Prizes

Winner

• Wins 5000 euros (sponsored by Enerparc)
• Receives free coaching session from BeeFounders 
• Free start-up exhibition spot at The Smarter E Europe 2020 in Munich (sponsored by The Smarter E)
• Opportunity to pitch on stage at the Digital Solar & Storage event
• 1 free ticket to attend the Digital Solar & Storage event
• 1 year of free membership at SolarPower Europe
• Name and website of the company on the Digital Solar & Storage website

 

Top 4: Finalists

• Opportunity to pitch on stage at the Digital Solar & Storage event
• 1 free ticket to attend the Digital Solar & Storage event
• 1 year of free membership at SolarPower Europe
• Name and website of the company on the Digital Solar & Storage website

 

Top 10: Shortlist

• Name and website of the company on the Digital Solar & Storage website
• 1 free ticket to attend the Digital Solar & Storage event 

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