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Kiwigrid and Thü­ga launch new pro­sumer solu­tion for part­ner companies

Thü­ga, Germany’s largest munic­i­pal net­work of local and region­al ener­gy providers, and Kiwigrid, the IoT and soft­ware spe­cial­ists for decen­tral­ized ener­gy, have con­firmed a strate­gic part­ner­ship with a frame­work agree­ment. Thü­ga will pro­vide the more than 100 part­ner com­pa­nies of the group with an all-round solu­tion for grow­ing the renew­able ener­gy and e‑mobility busi­ness by launch­ing the white label prod­uct “Autarkie­m­an­ag­er”. The Autarkie­m­an­ag­er was devel­oped by Kiwigrid and runs on the high-per­for­mance ener­gy ser­vice plat­form KiwiOS.

The Autarkie­m­an­ag­er enables Thü­ga part­ners to expand their port­fo­lio with ser­vices and prod­ucts for decen­tral­ized ener­gy sys­tems and cli­mate-friend­ly tar­iffs, help­ing end cus­tomers opti­mize their elec­tric­i­ty costs. The solu­tion cov­ers the entire prod­uct expe­ri­ence of pro­sumers: from an indi­vid­ual tar­iff and prod­uct con­fig­u­ra­tion, to ener­gy opti­miza­tion of the PV sys­tem, elec­tric­i­ty stor­age, wall­box and heat pump, to the addi­tion­al pur­chase of a wall­box and the option for remote and on-site sys­tem main­te­nance. A user-friend­ly end cus­tomer por­tal, designed in the indi­vid­ual cor­po­rate brand, cre­ates a new dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sales chan­nel for the Thü­ga part­ner com­pa­nies, help­ing build a trust­ing cus­tomer rela­tion­ship. Installers can mon­i­tor the pro­sumers’ sys­tems 24/7 via the por­tal and can car­ry out main­te­nance work quick­ly and cost-effec­tive­ly if necessary.

We are pleased that the Thü­ga Group is adopt­ing our com­plete solu­tion for renew­able ener­gy and e‑mobility. Togeth­er, we pro­vide the more than 100 part­ner com­pa­nies with an inno­v­a­tive and future-proof pro­sumer offer­ing that will enrich their portfolios.”

Joscha Köll­ner, Direc­tor Sales & Busi­ness Devel­op­ment at Kiwigrid

The Autarkie­m­an­ag­er enables Thüga’s part­ner com­pa­nies to com­ple­ment their PV sales and allow their cus­tomers to use their self-gen­er­at­ed elec­tric­i­ty for charg­ing EVs, heat pumps and more. Stadtwerke Radolfzell will be the first munic­i­pal sup­pli­er of the Thü­ga group to offer the solu­tion for PV self-con­sump­tion, there­by active­ly shap­ing the decen­tral­ized ener­gy tran­si­tion togeth­er with the people.

Kiwigrid has exten­sive mar­ket knowl­edge and many years of expe­ri­ence in the decen­tral­ized ener­gy sec­tor. Through this strate­gic coop­er­a­tion, we can pro­vide our part­ner com­pa­nies with a com­plete solu­tion for the grow­ing demand for renew­able ener­gy and e‑mobility, enabling them to expand their port­fo­lio for future busi­ness. Thanks to Kiwigrid’s exper­tise with smart meter gate­ways and e‑mobility, we will be able to con­tin­u­ous­ly expand the Autarkie­m­an­ag­er accord­ing to cus­tomer needs.”

Katha­ri­na Baum­busch, Thü­ga Com­pe­tence Cen­ter Innovation

As the uptake of elec­tric vehi­cles (EVs) increas­es, net­work oper­a­tors are faced with the chal­lenge of inte­grat­ing EV charg­ing infra­struc­ture into dis­tri­b­u­tion net­works. As part of the research project “Lade­in­fra­struk­tur 2.0”, in which Thü­ga and Kiwigrid are coop­er­at­ing with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kas­sel, BS| ENER­GY and BS|NETZ under the direc­tion of the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Ener­gy Eco­nom­ics and Ener­gy Sys­tem Tech­nol­o­gy, end cus­tomers can active­ly par­tic­i­pate in a field test to avoid bot­tle­necks in the grid. In the project, which is sup­port­ed by the Fed­er­al Min­istry for Eco­nom­ic Affairs and Ener­gy, the net­work oper­a­tor uses vari­able net­work fees to pro­vide incen­tives for shift­ing charg­ing process­es to low-demand peri­ods. Cus­tomers there­fore ben­e­fit from low­er elec­tric­i­ty costs for charg­ing their vehi­cles. An intel­li­gent inter­face from the elec­tric­i­ty provider to the house­hold allows con­trol­ling the charg­ing process­es at demand-side, in accor­dance with § 14a of the Ger­man Ener­gy Indus­try Act. The goal of the research project is to find out how demand-side con­trol of charg­ing infra­struc­ture can lim­it the need for expand­ing the grid and cre­ate an attrac­tive sys­tem for customers.

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About Kiwigrid

Kiwigrid is the soft­ware and IoT com­pa­ny for renew­able ener­gy and e‑mobility. The KiwiOS plat­form is used to oper­ate white label prod­ucts for ener­gy sup­pli­ers, the auto­mo­tive indus­try and man­u­fac­tur­ers of decen­tral­ized ener­gy sys­tems. Kiwigrid enables its cus­tomers to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy their offer­ings and dif­fer­en­ti­ate them­selves from the com­pe­ti­tion. The Dres­den-based com­pa­ny was found­ed in 2011 and cur­rent­ly employs over 150 peo­ple. Kiwigrid is a leader in the DACH mar­ket for intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment and smart meter­ing and works with LG, Bay­Wa r.e., Inno­gy SE, E.ON, Siemens and BMW, among oth­ers. Strate­gic share­hold­ers are AQTON SE, Inno­gy SE and LG Elec­tron­ics. https://www.kiwigrid.com/ 

About Thü­ga

The Thü­ga Group, head­quar­tered in Munich, is the largest munic­i­pal net­work of local and region­al ener­gy providers in Ger­many. Its goal is to shape the future of munic­i­pal ener­gy sup­ply through knowl­edge trans­fer and a strong com­mu­ni­ty. With their 20,000 employ­ees, the Thü­ga part­ner com­pa­nies sup­ply four mil­lion cus­tomers with elec­tric­i­ty, two mil­lion with nat­ur­al gas and one mil­lion with drink­ing water. In 2018 they gen­er­at­ed a turnover of around 21 bil­lion euros.https://www.thuega.de/die-thuega/

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