In the "Energy and Utilities" category, Next Kraftwerke ranked seventh with a percentage growth of 31 percent.
Founded ten years ago, Next Kraftwerke has evolved from a visionary business idea to one of the largest virtual power plants in Europe and achieved sales of 619 Million Euros in 2018. Today, the aggregator networks 8,100 plants with an output of 7,100 megawatts and, with 3,100 megawatts, is the largest trader of solar power in Germany. Next Kraftwerke trades the aggregated electricity on various European exchanges and uses it for ancilliary services such as balancing energy.
The criteria for admission to the Growth Champions are a minimum sales of EUR 100,000 in 2015 and EUR 1.8 million in 2018. The companies had to have their headquarters in Germany and organic growth and be an independent company.