Digitalisation: Where are the German digital utilities?

Published: 27. April 2016

Illustration of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Illustration of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) In Germany, a lot has been written about two energy megatrends of our time, liberalisation of energy markets and decentralisation of the energy landscape. Hendrik Sämisch, CEO and founder of Next Kraftwerke, has written a piece on a third megatrend, which we think has been neglected: digitalisation. Read it on …


Next Kraftwerke operates one of the biggest Virtual Power Plants in Europe. By utilizing the full potential of digitalization, the company networks thousands of energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool”. 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.