Next Pool expands to Swiss control reserve market


Published: 23. January 2017

Next Kraftwerke and Bern’s Rezek Solutions GmbH are launching a joint venture, Suisse Next GmbH, in Bern to bring the Next Pool Virtual Power Plant to the Swiss control reserve market. The Virtual Power Plant pools renewable energies and makes them available on the control reserve market. Since 2010, Next Kraftwerke has used the Next Pool Virtual Power Plant in Germany. Going forward, Suisse Next will provide the same services for the Swiss energy market. As a new player, the joint venture will expand the Virtual Power Plant by linking renewable energy producers and flexible energy consumers in Switzerland.

Suisse Next GmbH is entering a competitive market, but the initial conditions for the Bern start-up are favorable thanks to close ties with the German parent company and through the cooperation with Rezek Solutions. Marian van der Elst, CEO of Suisse Next GmbH, explains why: “The Next Box is a control unit that has proven its value over several years, giving us the ability to control flexible producers and consumers at any time. By integrating the flow of information with the central Next Pool guidance system, and with support from the Next Kraftwerke energy trading team in Cologne, Swiss energy producers and consumers can now benefit from the best market prices.”

Hendrik Sämisch, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke, sees the creation of Suisse Next GmbH as an important step in harmonizing the European energy market: “Energy and data do not simply stop flowing when they reach a national border. Today, data from around 150 units from outside of Germany lands at our headquarters in Cologne. By expanding our Virtual Power Plant to Switzerland, we’ll significantly expand our portfolio of Next Pool participants in Europe.”

Suisse Next benefits from the significant experience of the Swiss energy market experts at Rezek Solutions. Over the next several months, the top priority will be to link as many Swiss energy producers and consumers as possible using the Virtual Power Plant.

You can visit the swiss website here: Suisse Next GmbH


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Next Kraftwerke is the operator of a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and a certified power trader on various European energy exchanges (such as EPEX and EEX). Our VPP bundles thousands of medium- and small-scale power-producing and power-consuming units. To successfully operate our VPP in a changing electricity market for us it's all about being digital, being flexible and being sustainable.