Virtual Power Plant Operator & Power Trader

Our path is digital, flexible, and sustainable

Next Kraftwerke is the operator and provider of a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and a certified power trader on various European energy exchanges. The concept of the Virtual Power Plant Next Pool is based on the idea to network medium- and small-scale power producing and power consuming units. The objective is to smartly distribute supply and demand and to profitably trade the generated and consumed power.

After starting operations in 2009, Next Kraftwerke's VPP today networks around 4,800 medium- and small-scale power-producing and power-consuming units in Central Europe. Among other energy sources, our Next Pool includes bioenergy, wind, and solar power generators. By linking our clients’ units, we have created a sizeable digital platform of flexible power producers and consumers. To put it in a nutshell: We are a power plant operator without any power plants. And to successfully operate our Virtual Power Plant in a changing electricity market for us it's all about being digital, being flexible and being sustainable.

Hendrik Sämisch, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “We believe it is possible to completely meet the demand for electricity using renewable energy by 2050. We think in bits and watts: By embracing the full potential of digitalization, we connect thousands of energy-producing and energy-consuming units in our Virtual Power Plant. Our concept paves the way for a new economic and reliable energy system based on renewable energies, contributing to a democratized energy world."

Jochen Schwill, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “As specialists in short-term trading, Next Kraftwerke turns the flexibility of renewables into a profitable asset. We created an algorithm to successfully manage supply and demand, allowing us to trade our clients’ energy when it is most profitable for them. With the concept of our Virtual Power Plant we prove that renewables are competitive, not to mention ecologically and economically valuable.”