The panel evaluated candidates against three criteria: the potential to scale the opportunity; the level of innovation of the technology or business model and the novelty it brings to the market; and momentum as demonstrated by strong commercial development. “This award is a great honor for us,” says Jochen Schwill, Co-CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “The global energy transition presents us with new challenges. We believe that Virtual Power Plants are a crucial puzzle piece to overcome these challenges by aggregating flexibility from distributed energy resources. Our VPP-SaaS NEMOCS aims at third parties to also set up their own Virtual Power Plants in order to increase the speed of the global transformation towards 100 % renewable energy.”
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The 2020 BNEF Pioneers
- Boston Metal (U.S.) is developing an industrial-scale process to produce low-cost steel without carbon emissions.
- Bright Machines (U.S.) provides software-driven automation to help companies manufacture more products, at a higher quality and lower cost.
- C3.ai (U.S.) is an enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation that provides ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS) for developing, deploying, and operating enterprise-scale AI, predictive analytics, and internet of things (IoT) applications.
- GHGSat (Canada) uses its own satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.
- Next Kraftwerke (Germany) operates one of the largest virtual power plants globally, with more than 9,000 aggregated assets and a capacity of 7,700 MW.
- Phase Change Solutions (U.S.) is a smart material science and technology company providing thermal energy management and storage solutions utilizing its proprietary BioPCM technology platform globally for the buildings, logistics, refrigeration, telecom and data sectors.
- Plastic Energy (U.K.) has developed a chemical recycling technology to endlessly recycle a new range of plastic waste by converting it into recycled oils (Tacoil), enabling the creation of virgin-quality recycled plastic and the reduction in plastic waste pollution.
- REE (Israel) has developed a completely flat, scalable and modular chassis for electric vehicles, allowing for multiple body configurations on a single platform.
- Remix (U.S.) is a collaborative software platform for transportation decision-makers, working with 340 cities around the world to plan and envision their mobility future.
- StoreDot (Israel) has developed a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that are capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) in just five minutes, eliminating range and charging anxiety and helping to pave the way for mainstream adoption of EVs.