Next Kraftwerke sponsors the women‘s team of the Hamburg chess club


The Womens Team of Chess Club Hamburg in Next Kraftwerke Jerseys. The Womens Team of Chess Club Hamburg in Next Kraftwerke Jerseys. Next Kraftwerke is the new main sponsor of the women‘s Bundesliga team of Chess Club Hamburg (HSK). Starting in season 2018/2019, the 14 women of the team will be wearing jerseys with the logo of the Virtual Power Plant. Furthermore, Next Kraftwerke will support the team with their travel expenses. The women‘s team of the HSK finished fourth in season 2017/2018.

In 1991 the HSK was one of the founding members of the women‘s league, Frauenbundesliga. Now the women’s team features three current international players and currently the HSK maintains the most concurrent members, having more than 700 registered players - the highest of a German chess club.
The HSK was founded in 1830 and is the second oldest existing German team since the Bundesliga was established in 1974.

Jochen Schwill, CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “We are excited to sponsor the women‘s team of the HSK. We feel close to the team, since our energy trader Sarah Hoolt is member of the HSK women‘s team. Furthermore, chess is particularly interesting to us, because both chess and our trading work at the power exchange comprise of strategic thinking, concentration and risk assessment even under the pressure of time.”


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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 5,400 energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool” with a total capacity of over 4,500 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.