The energy market has seen rapid changes in recent years with the rise of renewables, decentralization of the energy system, regulatory uncertainties and disruptive new technologies. To stay ahead, there is a strong need for utilities to source more innovation externally and consider the ‘beyond utilities’ business models.
Free Electrons is a global alliance of the following innovative energy utilities, who are leaders in the clean energy transition, delivering cutting edge solutions to over 40 Countries, 76 Million customers and US$163 Billion in revenue, who have come together to do just that:
- American Electric Power – USA
- AusNet Services – Australia
- China Light and Power (CLP) – Hong Kong
- Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – Dubai
- Electricity Supply Board (ESB) – Ireland
- Energias de Portugal (EDP) – Portugal
- innogy New Ventures LLC – Germany
- Origin Energy – Australia
- SP Group – Singapore
- Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) – Japan
The Berlin module, which was hosted by Innogy, focused on concluding negotiations of pilot projects as well as the definition of scaling prospects. Besides granular contract discussions, a final pitch event and an award ceremony before representatives of the clean tech innovation ecosystem took place.
The picture show Connor O’Reilly of MAC in his pitch of GridWatch, the Distributed Sensor Network smart grid monitoring system that MAC is now deploying globally as an output of the ADMS project.
Congratulation to SolShare who were selected as the 2018 Free Electrons champion from the 15 finalists that were chosen from the 515 innovative clean-tech companies that applied to join Free Electrons in 2018. SolShare provide sustainable, affordable energy access for low income rural people.