Next Kraftwerke named to Global Cleantech 100 2015


Awardees Global Cleantech 100 Next Kraftwerke, operator of one of the largest Virtual Power Plants in Europe, today announced it has been included in the Cleantech Group’s prestigious Global Cleantech 100 for 2015. The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech. Featured companies are considered to be best positioned to solve the clean technology challenges of tomorrow, making the Global Cleantech 100 a comprehensive list of private companies most likely to make the highest market impact.

“We are very happy to be named to the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. To us, renewable energy is not necessarily synonymous with unpredictability. In fact, as specialists for short term trading, Next Kraftwerke uses the potential of digitalization to make the flexibility of renewables a profitable asset. This allows us to demonstrate the profitability of sustainability, while making further progress on the energy transition,” said Next Kraftwerke founder and CEO Hendrik Sämisch.

To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange. This year, a record number of nominations were received: 6,900 distinct companies from 60 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 323. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by Cleantech Group’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries. See the complete list of 100 companies here…


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Next Kraftwerke operates one of the biggest Virtual Power Plants in Europe. By utilizing the full potential of digitalization, the company networks more than 4,500 energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool” with a total capacity of over 3,000 MW. Through its technology and trading, clients are able to produce and consume electricity when prices are best for them. By trading their aggregated power 24/7 on different energy spot markets the Virtual Power Plant also makes a substantial contribution to stabilizing the grid by smartly distributing the power generated and consumed by the individual units in times of peak load.