‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’: Winners confirmed

Six winners chosen as part of evening event at Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue/Innovative business ideas for the energy tradition rewarded

The winners of the ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’, presented by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – have now been confirmed. Six start-ups from France, Germany, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria have received the award, persuading the jury with their innovative ideas for the energy transition and worldwide climate protection. A prestigious international jury chose the start-ups out of more than 500 applications from 66 countries. In total 18 finalists were invited to Berlin to present their ideas and business models at the ‘Start Up Energy Transition-Tech Festival’, which has brought start-ups together with company representatives from all over the world. More than 100 partners and ambassadors from over 25 countries supported the initiative. Divided into six categories, the awards were presented before an audience of prestigious conference delegates at the evening event of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – the German Federal Government’s international energy transition conference – which is taking place until 21 March 2017 in Berlin.

Presenter of the awards were Patricia Espinosa, General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Thomas Birr, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Business Transformation (innogy); Dr Katrin Leonhardt, Director of the Credit Institute for Reconstruction (KfW); Felix Zhang, Group Executive Director of Envision Energy; Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Tanja Gönner, Board Spokesperson for the German Corporation for International Co-operation (GIZ).

The ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’ winners

Category: Urban Energy Transition

 

BeeBryte – Building Energy Intelligence (France): BeeBryte has developed a cloud-based software solution that is designed to optimise energy consumption. Jury’s justification: The jury chose Beebryte as the winner of this category, as it offers a unique and comprehensive solution to make prosumage work in buildings. Although there are many companies working in this field, the market is rapidly growing and is a crucial success factor for making the global energy transition work.

Category: Cleantech against Climate Change

Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH (Germany): The Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier technology provides a solution for secure, reliable storage of hydrogen. Jury’s justification: Hydrogenious’ solution opens up a lot of opportunities for climate benefit in a non-all-electric world. Their technology can make a huge contribution to the decarbonisation in various sectors.

Category: Future Production & Manufacturing

Sicoya GmbH (Germany): Sicoya has developed cost-effective, energy-efficient and scalable optical transceiver chips for server connections that can be mass produced. Jury’s justification: The demand for data centres is growing exponentially worldwide. Sicoyas solution is very scalable, can generate huge efficiency gains and the benefits are clearly quantifiable.

Category: Mobility meets Energy Transition

Thermal Energy Service Solutions Private Limited (TESSOL) (India): the company has built an electrically operated cold transport solution based on ‘Thermal Energy Storage’ technology, which works on the ‘Plug&Chill’ system. Jury’s justification: The jury chose TESSOL because cooling systems can have high impact in increasing the efficiency of food provision worldwide. TESSOL was able to clearly demonstrate the benefits of their technology in saving CO2 emissions and fossil fuels.

Category: Platforms and Communities

ME SOLshare (Bangladesh): With its micro-grid, ME SOLshare provides energy in regions of Bangladesh that are not yet connected to the electricity grid, enabling local users to trade the electricity produced. Jury’s justification: The technology shows how to seamlessly connect individual PV solutions into a microgrid, creating social benefits through its community oriented design. The approach is scalable not only to the Bangladeshi market, but worldwide in off-grid regions.

Category: The Special Prize category: Sustainable Future For All: Startup SDG 7

ColdHubs (Nigeria): Cold Hubs is a modular ‘Plug & Play’ cooling system that can be operated with solar energy off existing electricity grids, and which gives farmers the option of paying for their consumption via a pay-as-you-store system. Jury’s justification: ColdHubs  presents a simple solution to a complex global problem. It enables farmers to increase their income by reducing losses of  their otherwise perishable produce. The technology is applicable to many industries.

‘We were impressed by the vast number of outstanding, innovative business models for the energy transition that were sent in by applicants from all over the world,’ said Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena. ‘Our aim with the Start Up Energy Transition Award was to bring together pioneers and enablers of the global energy transition, so as to establish an international network of companies, start-ups and sustainably managed organisations. That’s because we can only make climate protection and the energy transition a worldwide success model with the help of innovation.’

“We’re excited by the innovative power of the ideas submitted” said Felix Zhang, Group Executive Director of Envision Energy and member of the awards jury. “It’s not just the prizewinning business models that show how a future with clean, safe and abundantly available energy is possible. The other ideas and initiatives, too, are an important step in this direction”.

More information on the finalists and winners of the ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’ can be found at www.startup-energy-transition.com/newsroom

Start-ups and investors at the Tech Festival

Start-ups had the opportunity to meet potential customers and investors on Monday, at the Tech Festival in Berlin’s Kulturbrauerei. An exhibition showcased successful start-up founders whose innovative activities are contributing to climate protection. Prominent keynote speakers and panel discussions completed the programme. Speakers included Felix Zhang (Envision Energy), Peter Terium (innogy), Christopher Burghardt (Uber Technologies), Dr Jeremy Leggett (Solarcentury & Solar Aid), Jules Kortenhorst (Rocky Mountain Institute), Dirk Ahlborn (Hyperloop Technologies), Prof. Stephan Reimelt (GE Germany & Austria), Philipp Schröder (sonnen GmbH), Lisa Besserman (Startup Buenos Aires), and Claus Wattendrup (Vattenfall Europe Innovation).

More information on the Tech Festival can be found at www.startup-energy-transition.com/tech-festival

Top-class participants at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017

Once again this year, the Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are presenting the ‘Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017’, which takes place in parallel on 20 and 21 March. More than 1,500 top-class participants from 70 countries are taking part, including more than 30 energy ministers and ministers for foreign affairs. Through the BETD, the Federal Government is presenting political and technological concepts for the international energy transition, in order to discuss them with international partners and promote international cooperation in the areas of climate protection, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. The Federal Government is holding the conference in partnership with the German Renewable Energy Federation e.V., the German Solar Association e.V., the eclareon consulting agency and the German Energy Agency (dena), and it’s framed by an extensive programme of accompanying events.

More information on the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue can be found at www.energiewende2017.com

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Fotos and Fact sheets

Presenter for the ‘Urban Energy Transition’ category, Thomas Birr (RWE/Innogy). Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena and Thomas Birr (RWE/ Innogy) presenting the award for the ‘Urban Energy Transition’ category to BeeBryte. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, presented the ‘Cleantech against Climate Change’ category. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena and Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC presenting the award for the ‘Cleantech against Climate Change’ category to Hydrogenious Technologies. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Presenter Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) introduces the winner of the ‘Future Production & Manufacturing’ category. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena and Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of IRENA with Sicoya, winner of the ‘Future Production & Manufacturing’ category. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Presenter for the ‘The Mobility meets Energy Transition’ category Dr Katrin Leonhardt, Director of KfW. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

TESSOL: winner of the ‘Mobility meets Energy Transition’ category. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Felix Zhang, presenter for the ‘Platforms and Communities’ category and Executive Director of Envision Energy. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena and Felix Zhang, Executive Director of Envision Energy presenting the award for the ‘Platforms and Communities’ category to ME SOLshare. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Tanja Gönner, Board Spokesperson for the GIZ and presenter of the ‘Special Prize: “Start Up SDG7”’ category. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena and Tanja Gönner, Board Spokesperson for the GIZ, congratulating Cold Hubs on their award in the ‘Special Prize’ category ‘Sustainable Future For All: Startup SDG 7’. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Rainer Baake, Undersecretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena, hosted the evening. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena, hosted the evening. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

The audience at the presentation of the ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award’. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival and evening event of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017 end on a high note in the Kino International. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Companies, politicians and start-ups compare notes after the awards ceremony. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Musical reception in front of the Kino International for the guests. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Announcement of the Award finalists. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Entrance to the Kino International on the evening of 20 March 2017. Photo: Stageview – Pedro Becerra/Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena), German Energy Agency

Fact sheet: BeeBryte

Fact sheet: Hydrogenious

Fact sheet: Sicoya

Fact sheet: TESSOL

Fact sheet: ME SOLshare

Factsheet: Cold Hubs

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