The announcement was made during a short presentation made by Corporate Venturing Manager at Eneco Leonie Baneke. The investment will allow Next Kraftwerke to continue its expansion across Europe, and contribute to Eneco’s goal of supporting the energy transition.
Next Kraftwerke occupies a strong position in the German energy market, operating more than 4,000 assets with a combined capacity of 2.8 GW. The company is now seeking to increase its presence in other European markets, including Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
“We have seen significant growth of our company, with the rise of renewable energy assets in the market, and are excited about the continuing opportunities this trend will bring,” states Hendrik Sämisch, co-CEO and Founder of Next Kraftwerke. “With this investment, we are looking toward further growth into new European markets. We believe Enco Group is the right partner for this, since we have a shared vision of the energy transition and its opportunities.”
“Digitization and technologies such as virtual power plants will help make decentralized and sustainable energy production and consumption possible,” says Joeri Kamp, Managing Director of Smart Energy at Eneco Group. “The expertise of Next Kraftwerke in this area will prove to be of great value.”
Companies and investors from all branches of cleantech and renewable energy have presented today at Ecosummit 2017 in Berlin. This year’s event has shown a strong focus on energy management technologies aimed at creating a balanced, decentralized grid to allow further deployment of renewables. In the past hour, German PV start up Milk the Sun announced that it would be seeking €3-5 million in capital investments, during a presentation from co-CEO Kai Daniels.