- All-in-one solution for local energy management, direct sales, and integration of dynamic tariffs.
- Real market access for prosumers: Just-in-time trading based on energy flows leads to low costs and high degree of self-sufficiency
- From 2024, the products will be available to customers, installers, and end customers on a scalable basis.
Hamburg/Dresden, June 5, 2023 - The software and IoT company Kiwigrid and LichtBlick subsidiary ison are jointly developing a virtual utility provider solution (VUP) for manufacturers and wholesalers. End users will be able to participate directly in the energy market and benefit both energy-wise and financially from what is happening on the market.
The product integrates hardware (photovoltaics, batteries, electric vehicles, heat pumps) into a powerful IoT backend for energy management systems (HEMS). The software enables forecasting and control and provides a market interface connection for spot and intraday trading. For manufacturers and wholesalers, the product offers a complete solution for cost-effectiveness and climate-friendliness of home energy control. A special focus is on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) integration for offering dynamic tariffs based on smart meter technology.
"This partnership is a milestone for the decentralized energy transition and enables the complete value creation from installation to price-optimized load shifting and billing of dynamic tariffs with smart meter technology. Instead of just selling photovoltaic systems, storage units, wallboxes or heat pumps, energy suppliers, manufacturers and wholesalers will be able to offer permanent energy solutions for their customers with our help in the future," explains ison Managing Director Sebastian Mahlow. "This promises long-term customer loyalty as well as a significantly higher return on investment. With this complete solution, we differentiate ourselves from the rest of the market."
Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bether, Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Kiwigrid, adds: "We are looking forward to working with our strong partner ison on the development of combined direct marketing in conjunction with dynamic tariffs and local optimization in the coupling of the (local) electricity, mobility and heat sectors. This will benefit energy suppliers and consumers alike. Our goal is to enable end users to participate in the energy market for the first time in 2023, thus further opening up market access. Looking to the long term, in 2024, the white label product will be available via our platform to all our customers, as well as their installers and end users, for scaling their own energy products."
Lower energy costs through load shifting and market participation
Accelerating the energy transition in the home is a central component of a climate-neutral future in Germany. To this end, Kiwigrid and ison now offer the key technology for the cost-effectiveness and climate friendliness of prosumer solutions.
The energy management software is integrated into the existing Kiwigrid platform. Ison provides aggregated and optimized energy forecasts as a basis for direct marketing and billing of dynamic tariffs. Prosumers gain real access to the energy market and benefit from load shifting with suitable dynamic tariffs. This enables them to significantly reduce their energy costs.
The potential for the complete solution is huge: 10.8 million homes in Germany could become prosumer homes. The technology from ison and Kiwigrid will be available as a white label solution to all original equipment manufacturers of prosumer homes. In the development phase, the technology will initially only be offered to a few reference customers.
Presentation of the project at EM-Power Europe
ison will exhibit the platform and product in a showcase at EM-Power Europe, which will take place as part of the energy trade fair Intersolar from June 14-16 in Munich. Experts will also be available for interviews at a dedicated booth (Hall B5 & Booth 658). If you are interested, please register in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company ison is a wholly owned subsidiary of green power pioneer LichtBlick and closes a technical gap by connecting and automating the control of energy resources in the home. In this way, ison provides manufacturers of energy hardware and wholesalers with access to the energy markets. ison knows and manages all the details of energy regulation and metering and aggregates energy resources independently of the hardware. Through a home energy management system, ison provides connectivity to other devices in the home. Learn more at ison.energy