Swiss Digital Energy Start-ups are Joining Forces


Swiss Digital Energy Start-ups are Joining Forces

Bern-headquartered enersis suisse AG and Navitas Consilium SA (NCSA) from Martigny (VS), a spin-off from the Centre de Recherches Energétiques et Municipales (CREM), established a partnership end of June. The companies will merge their activities in digital energy platforms for cities, municipalities, and utilities in order to provide a joint comprehensive visual analytics tool for energy management and planning. With a total workforce of more than 30 employees in three locations, the team is well positioned now to cover the entire Swiss market as well as neighbouring countries, especially Germany and France.

Within the context of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 and the territories’ focus on energy planning and monitoring, the partnership comes right on the spot. Activities in the field of energy efficiency and energy planning on municipal and city level have shown significant results in Switzerland in the past already. In Switzerland, to reach the ambitious targets of 20% reduction in CO2 emissions and to increase the renewable energy production by 4,4 TWh until 2020 innovative approaches including digitalization need to be tackled by the energy and utilities industry in the coming years.

Both companies have been offering software tools and platforms in this context, that focus on electricity and heat demand and supply. The enersis “grids SmartCity” platform has been implemented by utilities like BKW Energie AG in Switzerland (Swiss Energypark) and innogy in Germany.  NCSA’s “PlanETer” tool – developed by CREM - is widely applied in municipalities of Romandie and Ticino (overall more than 40). Moreover, NCSA owns a licence to use and improve the platform Management Energétique Urbain “MEU” - developed in partnership with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CREM and HES-SO Valais-Wallis - is already running in Swiss cities of Lausanne, La Chaux-de-Fonds, and Neuchâtel.

In the light of a significant confirmed interest of Swiss Cities and cantonal administrations, the enersis grids platform running on the state-of-the-art in-memory solution HANA by SAP and complementary SmartCity features were the natural fit for the MEU 2.0. The current MEU concept will be turned into a commercial solution, offering a full compatibility with the energy data compiled through energy planning performed with the PlanETer tool. The new “grids SmartCity MEU 2.0” offered jointly by both companies is the only scalable digital platform in the European market that covers all energy planning and management topics relevant for cities and municipalities with full flexibility for step-by-step extensions over time.

NCSA’s Managing Director Gabriel Ruiz will be assuming the additional role as head of the enersis SmartCity competence center driving further application development over time. ” This partnership is a major step for us to grow our solution technically and expand regionally”, he said after contract signing. Both partners intend to distribute each other’s products in their respective focus markets as well. For Dr. Christina Wuerthner, CFO of enersis and the new president of the Board of Directors of NCSA, the combination of two Swiss energy analytics startups both with the goal to further internationalize their activities is a good sign of the innovative power Switzerland can offer in this industry segment.

About enersis:

The Swiss-German startup enersis provides Big Data software solutions for the digitalization of the energy and utilities industry. The company’s aspiration is a sustainable contribution to the digital energy transition. The vision is a Digital Energy Boardroom which provides new information to utilities, municipalities, and companies based on their own and third party data. enersis visualizes energy data in a geospatial context, in dashboards, and via KPIs and supports the compilations, implementation and continuous monitoring of comprehensive energy strategies.

About NCSA:

The creation of the Valais startup Navitas Consilium has been initiated by the CREM with the vision of offering local authorities and utilities innovative solutions stemming from the R&D activities. The specificity of Navitas Consilium is to propose specific GIS tools supporting the territorial energy transition in the fields of energy planning and monitoring, gas and district heating networks deployment, and scenario development for increasing the share of renewables. Based on energy engineering competencies, the company is very much oriented towards digitalization and IT solutions, a key combination to address efficiently and professionally any present and future need regarding territorial energy management.