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

Next Kraftwerke

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.