Free Electrons Bootcamp selects top 30 startups to revolutionise smart energy


Greenbird Integration Technology, a software integration company challenging the way utilities approach the smart energy revolution, announced today that it was selected as one of 30 startups to participate in Free Electrons bootcamp in Lisbon.

After the evaluation of hundreds of startup applicants, the nine large Free Electrons utilities, with over 70 million customers in total, made a final selection that included Greenbird.

The other participating startups come from a variety of countries including Norway, the United States, Germany, Australia, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, China, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland the United Arab Emirates.

The areas in which they’re focused on include IoT digitisation, Smart Grids, Clean Energy and Energy Management.

Florian Kolb, Managing Director at innogy New Ventures said: “We are very pleased with this final list, since it represents the great diversity we found in the applications process. It was not easy to pick and choose from 515 different applications, but we had solid debates and discussions, and narrowed the list down to this 30.

“I believe that speaks to the overall quality of the candidates, and that is critical, as we are looking for innovative solutions, that can be adopted and integrated in our companies, and help shape the future of the energy sector.

“For us it is a great opportunity to connect with leading utilities and potential partners. We hope that by helping the industry with data-driven solutions that manage the information flow, we can accelerate the industry faster and utilise our valuable resources more efficiently and sustainably.” said Thorsten Heller, CEO and co-founder.

“Our goal in this process is to showcase our capabilities with our Metercloud platform within a number of pilots. By breaking down the traditional information silos and illuminating dark data, we can help utilities accelerate their digital transformation.”

Greenbird innovated its Metercloud integration Platform as a Service (domain specific iPaaS) built for utilities, allowing them to create more innovative services in new digital energy markets.

The Free Electrons utility members are AusNet Services (Australia), DEWA (Dubai), EDP (Portugal), ESB (Ireland), Innogy (Germany), Origin Energy (Australia), SP Group (Singapore) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Japan), with the additional participation of American Electric Power (USA). The program is supported by Beta-i (Portugal).