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Kiwigrid and Broad­band Net­works seal strate­gic part­ner­ship for the Swiss ener­gy mar­ket

  • The part­ners want to pro­mote sus­tain­able Swiss ener­gy tran­si­tion
  • Com­pa­nies iden­ti­fy new mar­ket oppor­tu­ni­ties, espe­cial­ly in smart meter roll­out and elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty
  • The first step: Dig­i­tal ener­gy solu­tions for home­own­ers and self-con­sump­tion com­mu­ni­ties (ZEV)

Kiwigrid, oper­a­tor of one of the world’s lead­ing plat­forms for dig­i­tal ener­gy solu­tions, is expand­ing its pres­ence in the Swiss ener­gy mar­ket. That is why the Dres­den-based com­pa­ny has entered into a part­ner­ship with Broad­band Net­works AG (BN).

Our com­mon goal is to sus­tain­ably pro­mote the tran­si­tion of the Swiss ener­gy mar­ket to a dig­i­tal, dis­trib­uted, and lib­er­al­ized ener­gy world. Kiwigrid’s pio­neer plat­form is per­fect for achiev­ing this vision”, asserts Ivo Schei­willer, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Broad­band Net­works AG.

Broad­band Net­works will in the first stage focus on Kiwigrid’s ener­gy man­age­ment solu­tions for home­own­ers and apart­ment build­ings. For the lat­ter, an inter­est­ing busi­ness mod­el has devel­oped in Switzer­land – so-called ZEV [self-con­sump­tion com­mu­ni­ties], com­pa­ra­ble to the “ten­ant elec­tric­i­ty” mod­els in Ger­many. Approx­i­mate­ly 60 per­cent of the Swiss pop­u­la­tion lives in apart­ment build­ings.

Well-found­ed knowhow, years of expe­ri­ence, and a broad net­work are cru­cial for suc­cess in the fed­er­al and high­ly frag­ment­ed Swiss ener­gy mar­ket. This, cou­pled with the remark­able tech­no­log­i­cal exper­tise, makes Broad­band Net­works AG the ide­al part­ner in Switzer­land”, adds Kiwigrid’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Tim Ulbricht.

Although Switzer­land has a pop­u­la­tion of just 8.4 mil­lion, i.e. ten times less than that of Ger­many, it has about 600 ener­gy sup­pli­ers, almost the same num­ber as in Ger­many.

In 2017, the Swiss vot­ed in favor of the “Ener­gy Strat­e­gy 2050”, which pro­hibits the con­struc­tion of new nuclear pow­er plants and pro­motes renew­able ener­gy as well as dig­i­ti­za­tion. Here, the smart meter roll­out plays a cru­cial role. Cur­rent­ly, about five per­cent of the five mil­lion meter­ing points have been equipped with a smart meter sys­tem. The goal is to have reached 80 per­cent by 2027.

For the Swiss solar sec­tor, Kiwigrid fore­casts an increase in pho­to­volta­ic sys­tems and the ener­gy stor­age deploy­ment to 100,000, with 30,000 sys­tems installed by 2023. “PV and ener­gy stor­age are key dri­vers of dig­i­tal ener­gy solu­tions in Switzer­land. But in the medi­um term, we expect the great­est mar­ket momen­tum to be from the advance of elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty. The advance­ment of elec­tric vehi­cles has led to the need for smart solu­tions across all cus­tomer seg­ments,” explains Tim Ulbricht.

Cur­rent­ly, elec­tric vehi­cles make up just under three per­cent of the total num­ber of new­ly reg­is­tered vehi­cles in Switzer­land, sim­i­lar to the fig­ures for Ger­many. Accord­ing to a study by Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers, this is expect­ed to rise to over 18 per­cent by 2023, which cor­re­sponds to approx­i­mate­ly 250,000 elec­tric vehi­cles.

Broad­band Net­works is the lead­ing provider of broad­band net­works in Switzer­land. BN spe­cial­izes in ener­gy com­pa­nies, cable net­work com­pa­nies, and munic­i­pal util­i­ties. Both com­pa­nies will present their solu­tions for the Swiss ener­gy mar­ket at the upcom­ing E-World in Essen.

 

About Kiwigrid

Kiwigrid aims to help util­i­ties, vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, and man­u­fac­tur­ers of dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources mas­ter the ener­gy tran­si­tion. Cus­tomers of the Dres­den com­pa­ny use the ener­gy ser­vice plat­form to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy their prod­ucts and ser­vices, and pull ahead of their com­pe­ti­tion. To make this pos­si­ble, Kiwigrid offers them cut­ting edge IoT tech­nol­o­gy and ener­gy ser­vices that help increase ener­gy effi­cien­cy, opti­mize the use of renew­able ener­gies, pave the way for elec­tric vehi­cles, and sta­bi­lize grids. Kiwigrid GmbH was found­ed in 2011 and now employs over 160 staff from var­i­ous parts of the world. Since then, the com­pa­ny has built up a wealth of exper­tise in ener­gy as it relates to the Inter­net of Things and intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment. Kiwigrid is one of the world’s lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in these areas and was once again includ­ed on the Glob­al Clean­tech 100 list in Feb­ru­ary 2018.

Press con­tact: Daniel Kühne, Head of Mar­ket­ing, T +49 351 50 195 0121, daniel.kuehne@kiwigrid.com

 

About Broad­band Net­works

Broad­band Net­works AG (BN) is a lead­ing and inde­pen­dent Swiss com­pa­ny spe­cial­iz­ing in the plan­ning, imple­men­ta­tion, and oper­a­tion of access net­work infra­struc­tures in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and ener­gy man­age­ment solu­tions.

As a solu­tions provider and sys­tem inte­gra­tor, BN spe­cial­izes in ener­gy com­pa­nies, cable net­work com­pa­nies, and munic­i­pal util­i­ties, pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with in-depth exper­tise and advanced, high-per­for­mance tech­nolo­gies that deliv­er high-qual­i­ty, cut­ting-edge, and sus­tain­able solu­tions.

More infor­ma­tion can be found at www.broadbandnetworks.ch

Press con­tact:

Andreas Calu­o­ri, Brand­ing & Mar­ket­ing, T +41 79 382 68 89andreas.caluori@broadbandnetworks.ch

Broad­band Net­works AG, In der Luberzen 19, 8902 Urdorf, Schweiz