Centrica signs strategic partnership with ENSEK to accelerate digital transformation and help position the company for growth

UK, 18th August, 2021 – Centrica plc has today signed a strategic partnership agreement with ENSEK, the leading global retail energy Software as a Service provider, which will see the company transfer over 7 million UK domestic and small business energy supply customers to the platform.

Becoming one of the lowest-cost energy suppliers in the market is a key pillar of the turnaround of Centrica and moving customers to ENSEK’s Ignition platform underpins this. With the focus on delivering net zero for customers in a way which is affordable, the partnership will see Centrica scale up its offer of market-leading innovative products and services and improve the customer experience.

Following the launch of British Gas Evolve last year, which uses ENSEK’s Ignition platform, alongside software from Amazon and Salesforce, Centrica already has 250,000 customers on the simpler, digital first platform. This allows them to take more control of their account to understand, manage, and control energy consumption and bills.

With many legacy processes now automated, there is more time to focus on meeting our customers’ needs. This is already showing positive results with British Gas Evolve seeing a 74 per cent uplift in “promoters” of the customer experience[1].

Chris O’Shea, Group Chief Executive at Centrica, said: “We are the UK’s largest supplier of zero carbon electricity and our partnership with ENSEK is another great example of how we are using the right technology to deliver a more affordable, sustainable and simpler experience for our customers. We have already seen the benefits that ENSEK has brought to our ways of working and the customer experience with British Gas Evolve, and we now plan to replicate this across our entire UK energy supply business.”

Jon Slade, CEO of ENSEK, commented: “We are delighted to continue our work with Centrica to support its turnaround. By leveraging ENSEK’s modern and flexible platform, Centrica is empowered to take greater control of its key customer touchpoints and respond quickly to customer needs in a rapidly evolving market. Continuous innovation is at the core of ENSEK’s strategy, as we look to enable digital transformation in the energy sector and accelerate the energy transition.”

[1] customers that score their experiences as nine out of ten or higher.

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About Centrica
Centrica is a leading energy services and solutions provider founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. We are the UK’s biggest retailer of zero carbon electricity, serving around 10 million customers across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe through brands such as British Gas, supported by around 9,000 highly trained engineers and technicians. Centrica’s purpose of helping customers live sustainably, simply and affordably drives our strategy and our People and Planet Plan.

Centrica’s partnership with ENSEK was established in 2017. It enabled the development of Centrica’s SME offer ‘British Gas Lite’, where ENSEK provided the core platform to facilitate its online-serviced electricity product.

About ENSEK
ENSEK’s purpose is to accelerate the digital energy transition.

As the business-critical technology to the world’s leading energy suppliers, ENSEK’s cloud native SaaS platform enables radical transformation – creating lean, customer-centric and adaptive retail businesses that are empowered to play their leading role in achieving net zero.

Beyond supply, the ENSEK platform aims to connect, orchestrate and optimise the billions of smart devices and assets that are key to a decentralised, digitised and decarbonised energy future.

For more information, please contact:
Alan McLaughlin
Centrica
Tel: +44 (0)1784 843 000
Email: [email protected]

Kalim Hawkins
ENSEK
Tel: +44 (0)7824 861 564
Email: [email protected]

Source: RealWire

Personnel boost at bullfinch

Climate FinTech hires all-star management team

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 18, 2021 – bullfinch completes its management team by hiring top-level executives.

Niko von Tippelskirch has been newly appointed to the executive management board and will take on the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gabriele Donino has joined bullfinch as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead the development of the FinTech platform, which is a key component in the financing and operations of decentralized green energy projects.

bullfinch’s Clean-Energy-as-a-Service technology platform bridges the gap between capital and investment opportunities. Strategic partnerships with major investors, utilities, energy hardware providers and installers enable a faster transition to clean energy. Running all these processes is difficult. To help accomplish this task, Martin Hintz has been appointed as the Head of Asset Operations along with Nicola Timoncini as the Head of Platform Engineering. Finally, the hiring round has been completed with the most recent appointments of Alexander Schütz as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Annie Dalietou (Head of Finance), Tim Baack as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Massimo Bozza (Head of Cybersecurity). They all come with deep expertise in their respective domains.

Niko von Tippelskirch appointed to executive board and as COO of bullfinch
Von Tippelskirch was formerly a member of the board at DWS Group, the listed Asset Manager, and worked in Senior executive functions for more than 20 years at Deutsche Bank. Commenting on the appointment of von Tippelskirch, Simon Bartmann said, “We are thrilled that we were able to win Niko as a board member for bullfinch. He has many years of relevant industry experience in leading positions and will make a significant contribution to the development of a state-of-the-art organization and will help implement an effective second line of defense.” As COO, he will be responsible for operations, risk, finance, legal, compliance & governance as well as investor relations.

Von Tippelskirch is equally enthusiastic about his new position, “I am delighted to be here as part of a highly innovative and dynamic team of entrepreneurs and investors. We are firmly on the way to making bullfinch the leading Climate FinTech.”

Gabriele Donino appointed as CTO
Donino was previously Head of Digital Solutions & A.I. at Swiss Re and later Group COO at expert.ai, a global AI software provider based in Modena and Boston. Robin Haack, CEO of bullfinch, is excited to have Donino on the management team: “His record in promoting technological excellence is outstanding, as is his direct experience with Artificial Intelligence in financial services. Gabriele will bring the necessary expertise and innovative thinking that will help our customers in this rapid growth phase – to enable them to exploit the full value of the digital bullfinch ecosystem.”

Donino, with a clear vision for bullfinch’s future technological trajectory, announces his plans for growth: “I am delighted to be part of such a talented group and to help expand bullfinch’s leading position in the GreenTech financing market. My focus will be on scaling the digital ecosystem, and enriching it with advanced AI data products, thereby supporting the growth of our partners, helping to bridge the financial gaps for clean energy opportunities and accelerating the energy transition.”

With the hiring of Nicola Timoncini as Head of Platform Engineering, previously Senior Engineer at Google and Facebook and more recently Head of DevOps at expert.ai, and the hiring of Massimo Bozza as Head of Cybersecurity, previously Senior Security Manager at Yoox, bullfinch has secured additional senior technology expertise.

Tim Baack joins as Chief Commercial Officer
Tim Baack will lead the commercial department and will build and manage relationships with partners and investors, evaluate and negotiate business opportunities and jointly with the investment team, execute transactions. “We will work with our partners to deliver attractive products for their customers and create bankable financial solutions for professional investors”, says Baack.

Alex Schütz takes on the Chief Risk Officer role
As CRO, Alexander Schütz will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify, measure, report and mitigate risks across bullfinch´s products and processes. Schütz has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry and worked with hedge funds and start-up companies, where he led diverse management and transformation projects across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Further management team additions
bullfinch’s asset operations team will be led by Martin Hintz, formerly head of Allianz’s microinsurance platform, who took on his role at bullfinch in May. His role is crucial to ensure long-term performance of the assets and monitor the daily operations of bullfinch’s cleantech partners and the asset production data. Hintz’s team also provides rapid on-ground response to any servicing, maintenance, and insurance issues.

With more than 10 years’ experience in equity capital markets positions for American investment banks and financial management of start-ups, Annie Dalietou as Head of Finance will be responsible for overseeing and directing the company’s financial operations, ranging from financial planning to performance monitoring and reporting.

CEO Robin Haack is very excited about the new team members. “I am happy to have these top executives on the team. Each of them has a great track record of success in their own field. With them, bullfinch can achieve its goals and visions even better.”

About bullfinch
Bullfinch Asset AG, based in Frankfurt am Main, was founded in 2019 by CEO Robin Haack. The company is committed to a world powered by renewable energy: The Clean-Energy-as-a-Service technology platform enables the bundling, financing, standardization and management of sustainable facility and plant infrastructure to make this vision a reality. The company’s solutions encompass four vertical areas: power generation, clean mobility, energy storage and smart buildings. bullfinch’s partnerships with institutional investors and innovative energy hardware providers close the gap between capital and opportunity and enable the accelerated global transition to clean energy.

Press Contact
Bullfinch AG
Tilmann Rohlf c/o BETTERTRUST GmbH, Luisenstraße 40, 10117 Berlin
Tel: 030 / 340 60 10 – 94
[email protected]

Source: RealWire

Bamboo Systems Models How to Reduce Data Center Carbon Footprint with Arm Servers

Bamboo’s new whitepaper crunches the numbers on x86 powered data centers vs those utilizing Arm servers

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND AND SAN JOSE, CA – July 13, 2021Bamboo Systems, a provider of revolutionary Arm-based, enterprise-classed servers architected to meet the needs of today’s software design and data center demands, today released a whitepaper “Reducing Your Data Center Carbon Footprint with Bamboo Arm Servers” which analyzes the energy used by different types of data centers. Bamboo found that an Arm server-powered data center reduces CO2 production by 74 percent, equivalent to almost half a million barrels of oil.

Bamboo’s whitepaper model calculated the energy used by a medium-sized data center with 750 racks of conventional 1U servers, assuming the servers comprise about two-thirds of the floor space and that the equipment space accounts for 65 percent of the total. This translates to a roughly 62,000 square-foot data center. Knowing server power consumption and the ratios for the various equipment categories, the model uses simple algebra to calculate the energy consumption for each subsystem.

Using the formula, Bamboo calculated the amount saved by using energy-efficient Arm servers, like the B1000N, and compared it to a standard 1U x86 system. Each Arm server required about one-quarter the electricity of a standard server. The algebra shows an Arm data center uses only 26 percent as much electricity (152,409 MWh/year) compared to one based on x86 systems.

An Arm server-powered data center saves energy to the equivalent of:

  • 45,459 fewer cars on the road
  • 486,749 fewer barrels of oil used
  • 367,076 fewer passengers from JFK to LHR
  • 4357 fewer homes with emissions

“The proof is in the numbers. Arm server-powered data centers are more energy efficient and better for the environment. We’ve known that all along,” said Tony Craythorne, CEO, Bamboo Systems. “Now, we have the proof in a tangible and logical formula. In addition to the CO2 reduction gains, Arm-server powered data center emissions cuts are valuable in the market for carbon offset trading, generating more than $4 million annually depending upon the carbon trading requirement. It’s time for the world to embrace Arm server solutions.”

Bamboo Systems’ patented Parallel ARM Node Designed Architecture (PANDA) delivers more throughput performance in significantly less rack space than traditional servers. PANDA design delivers up to 75% less energy consumption and 74% less CO2 output at 50% of the cost compared with today’s typical data center architecture. Additionally, Bamboo PANDA-based Arm servers have been shown through many customer POCs to run both off-the-shelf and custom applications with no or minimal effort.

The whitepaper can be found on Bamboo Systems website at: www.bamboosystems.io

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About Bamboo Systems:
Delivering the first Arm-based server designed for next generation data centers with the scale-out and high throughput computing required by cloud-targeted applications and modern highly parallel workloads. Bamboo’s servers consume one-quarter of the energy of today’s servers, one-tenth the rack space, at a fraction of the cost. Find out more at https://www.bamboosystems.io

For more information: Joanne Hogue Smart Connections PR (410) 658-8246 [email protected]

Source: RealWire

Newable Finance brokerage launches Renewable Energy Finance solution ahead of UK governments plan for Net Zero

Newable Finance have announced the launch of a brand-new Renewable Energy Finance team which will be headed up by Chris Russell, Head of Renewable Energy. Chris brings a decade of specialist experience in the sector.

The sector will be a major growth area as businesses look to invest in more energy-efficient methods from both a financial and environmental prospective. Newable Finance have direct access to multiple Renewable Energy focused lenders to source the best tailored and structured finance packages for clients.

Leanne Dawson, Head of Regional Broking comments: “With the demand of lending required within the Renewable Energy sector, the growth anticipated, as well as the complex nature of it, it was imperative that we brought individuals within the business that can provide the expert advice required. This supports our overall business ethos of putting the client at the heart of what we do and making sure that we have the expertise to provide the advice.”

Leading UK broker, Newable Finance, launched at the end of 2020 with the aim of helping SMEs and property backed individuals find the funding they need to grow. With many mainstream banks unable to assist businesses with the funding levels required, Newable Finance specialise in complex and difficult cases providing the customer with direct access to 150+ lenders across the UK, with bespoke solutions offered.

Newable Finance forms a key part of Newable, a leading UK provider of money, advice and workspace to 43,000 SMEs per year; established in 1982.

As the UK government’s legal obligation for Net Zero carbon emissions gets closer, Newable and Newable Finance have the perfect combination of solutions and experience to help businesses take the next step.

Alongside Newable Finance’s renewable energy finance solution, Newable provide advice to businesses on what the UK governments’ Net Zero plan means for them, and how they can incorporate a decarbonisation strategy into their business model to ensure that they remain competitive in the global market place.

For those who are interested in finance for renewable energy projects, visit the Newable Finance website and request a call back.

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To get in touch with a Newable Advisor who can help you plan for Net Zero, please contact: [email protected]

For more information on Renewable Energy Finance contact Chris Russell on [email protected] or phone on 07935 014322.

To find out more about Newable Finance, visit www.newable.co.uk/money/finance

Newable Finance helps businesses access the finance they need to:

  • Thrive
  • Expand
  • Innovate
  • Grow
  • Diversify

Newable Finance are a UK finance broker dedicated to finding the right finance solutions for SMEs and property backed businesses across the UK and in every sector.

Being able to access the right funding when it is needed is a critical part of the growth journey of your business. Newable Finance provide clients with the independent perspective, whole of market reach and the depth of experience to secure the fast and flexible finance required to deliver your growth ambitions.

Newable Commercial Finance Limited trading as Newable Finance is registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 07474588. Newable Commercial Finance is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register www.fca.org.uk/register FRN 723703 | Data Protection number: Z6663758. Newable Commercial Finance is a finance broker, not a lender. Not all products offered by Newable Commercial Finance are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Greentech firm Qualus secures additional £1 Million financing

With patented polymer Sfere technology, Qualus is helping tanneries around the world reduce water consumption by up to 40% and chemicals by up to 15%

LONDONQualus, the leading provider of sustainable solutions to the leather industry, has secured £1 million of financing in a round led by Irrus Investments, an Ireland based angel syndicate. Co-investors in the round include CPI Enterprises and angels from Cambridge Capital Group and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London.

After years of optimising its solution through in-field trials at tanneries, Qualus now has multiple customers transitioning all production to its innovative system and a strong pipeline of potential customers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America that have successfully applied its system at a pilot scale. Leather produced with Qualus’ system is already in use by leading automotive, luxury goods, and footwear brands.

Proceeds from the latest round of investment will be used to:

  • Establish reference customers in Asia, Brazil, and Europe
  • Build an engineering centre in England to accelerate the development of its product portfolio
  • Raise awareness of its system with automotive, footwear and luxury brands, all of which face increasing pressure from consumers to lower their environmental footprint.

“This investment brings the total financing secured in the last two years to £2.5m, enabling the company to execute its current contracts and to establish additional reference customers in key regions across the world,” said Vikrant Pratap, CEO of Qualus. “We are delighted that Irrus, CPI and the angel investors that have participated in this round can help accelerate the development of the business not only through the injection of funds but also through their extensive experience in building disruptive technology businesses.”

Emily Ryan of Irrus Investments added, “With its patented system, experienced management team, and demonstrated track record with customers, Qualus is a perfect fit with Irrus’ investment criteria. We are excited to be supporting a business that both has strong commercial potential and can achieve a positive environmental impact.”

Qualus’ fundraise was supported by Greenbackers Investment Capital, a specialist advisory firm that assists early stage cleantech ventures secure finance.

About Qualus and its Sfere technology
Qualus began life as a research and development project to improve the tanning process at the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the University of Northampton between 2013 and 2016. Since then, successful pilots of Qualus’ Sfere technology have been run across Europe and Latin America, and patents have been granted in key markets, including Europe, US, India and China. The company achieved Technology Readiness Level 9 in 2020 and is now focused on rapid commercialisation.

The global leather industry, with an annual turnover of £50 billion, uses vast quantities of water, chemicals and energy while also creating large volumes of effluent for treatment. Tanneries face market and regulatory pressure to reduce pollution but doing so has proven difficult to date without losing competitiveness due to increased costs or because of the unacceptable reduction in the quality of their leather. The patented Sfere technology from Qualus is able to cut the use of water by up to 40% and chemicals by up to 15% in leather tanning and retanning, without affecting the quality of the leather produced. The key to Qualus’ commercial success has been a recognition that sustainability should not require manufacturers, brands, or consumers to compromise on value or quality.

For more information, please visit Qualus.com

Contacts
Ana Ansell
PR for Qualus
+44 (0)7770507723
[email protected]

Source: RealWire

New survey shows 'Big Six' losing ground as challenger brands shake up the energy sector

  • Big Six have lost 8 percent of market to challenger brands in three years
  • Good customer service still the key to consumer trust
  • Price remains the most important factor when choosing to switch provider
  • Green credentials increasingly important for consumers wanting to switch
  • 70 percent of 18-34 year olds want energy conservation advice
  • Email still customers’ preferred channel of communication

London, 19 May 2021 – A new survey has revealed that the ‘Big Six’ energy providers have lost ground to challenger brands over the past three years, revealing that the market share of the Big Six has reduced by 8 percent (dropping to 60 percent in 2021 from 68 percent in 2018) as new entrants muscle in on the marketplace.

The REaD Group survey, which revisits consumer opinions of their energy providers from 2018, interviewed 2,003 UK consumers aged 18 to 55+ and was conducted by Opinium.

British Gas, E.ON and EDF remain the top three energy providers, but with a reduced share of market since 2018, while SSE and Scottish Power remained stable (9 percent) in fifth position. However those in the “Other” category (any provider that was not one of the 15 providers stated) dropped by 6 percent, while challenger brands Bulb (with 8 percent, up from 1 percent in 2018) and new entrant Octopus (with 7 percent) are hot on the heels of the incumbents and coming in ahead of Ovo Energy. Other new entrants to the marketplace include Arvo, Pure Planet and Orbit.

Once again, previous good service (53 percent) and high quality customer service (52 percent) were runaway leaders when it comes to what makes consumers trust an energy provider, up on 49 percent and 48 percent in 2018.

As to whether those customers trust that their current provider is giving them the best deal, the results are encouraging for energy providers: in 2018, two-fifths (41 percent) said yes, increasing to almost half (49 percent) in 2021. Those who didn’t know has dropped slightly from 26% to 24%, making a quarter of respondents clearly not concerned enough to interrogate their bills in detail or motivated enough to shop around – the so-called ‘Inert Customers’.

Price still remains the biggest driver for consumers looking to switch. More than half of respondents (53 percent) said finding a cheaper offering would make them want to change to a new provider – down from 58 percent in 2018 – followed by choosing tariffs that better suit their needs/usage at 34 percent, unchanged from 2018. Interestingly, green credentials (19 percent) and a more trustworthy provider (17 percent) were the third and fourth most important factors for wanting to change, up from fifth and sixth places in 2018.

On top of that, over half of energy bill payers asked (55 percent) said they would definitely or probably like to hear more from their energy provider, specifically about energy usage and tips on how to conserve energy – with this rising to 70 percent in the 18-34 age group, which aligns with the rising importance given to green credentials by this same demographic. 64 percent want to hear about ways to reduce their bills, while 57 percent want to find out ways to reduce their energy usage.

Smart home technology is making inroads too: of those surveyed, 41 percent said that they currently have smart home technology, compared to only 30 percent in 2018.

For utilities providers seeking the best way to communicate with their customers, email is again the clear winner in 2021 – increasing to 72 percent from 60 percent in 2018 as the most preferred communication channel. Accessing information via a website/web portal (23 percent) has overtaken mail as the second most popular (26 percent).

“Our results indicate that customer service is the most important factor for consumers when it comes to loyalty in 2021 – as it was in 2018,” commented Phil Ward, Utilities Sector Lead, REaD Group. “Loyalty is a rare commodity in the utilities sector, so this is a key point for customer retention. With word of mouth being a powerful influence on consumer choice, you can be sure that bad experience will be talked about and the details shared using the many channels available to consumers.

“When faced with so much choice and switching provider now easier than ever, energy businesses need to differentiate and develop trusted relationships with consumers to attract and retain them as customers. And in an increasingly competitive market, attracting and retaining customers comes down to a mix of price, customer service, transparency and trust.”

Download the full report here: https://readgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/REaD-Group-Report-Power-to-the-People-Trust-Loyalty-in-the-energy-sector-May-2021.pdf.

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Notes to Editors
The research was conducted amongst 2,003 nationally representative UK adults (aged 18+) in April 2021 by Opinium. The results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.

For an interview with REaD Group, please contact:
Kate Gordon
Bright Spark PR for REaD Group
hello[at]brightsparkpr[dot]co[dot]uk
T 07980 921961

About REaD Group
REaD Group is a marketing data and insight company that gives brands the right to be personal. Data – particularly quality data and data quality – is at the heart of everything it does: REaD believes that there isn’t a marketing challenge that data cannot solve.

To genuinely engage customers, brands must create communications that are timely, relevant and permissioned. REaD uses its unrivalled data products, insight and expertise to helps its clients get closer to their customers, offering market-leading data quality and cleaning solutions and trusted marketing data.

For more information visit readgroup.co.uk.

About Opinium
OPINIUM is an award winning strategic insight agency built on the belief that in a world of uncertainty and complexity, success depends on the ability to stay on pulse of what people think, feel and do.

Creative and inquisitive, we are passionate about empowering our clients to make the decisions that matter. We work with organisations to define and overcome strategic challenges helping them to get to grips with the world in which their brands operate. We use the right approach and methodology to deliver robust insights, strategic counsel and targeted recommendations that generate change and positive outcomes.

For more information visit www.opinium.com.

Source: RealWire

Housing Technology Launches Transformative ‘Housing On Demand’ Streaming Platform – Launch Comment by Midge Ure (Musician), Lord John Bird (Big Issue)

A new ‘on-demand’ streaming app is being launched by Housing Technology, the UK’s leading technology information service and broadcaster for the UK housing sector. The Housing Technology On-Demand app will deliver the expertise of technology leaders from the world of housing to those working in the sector around the clock. Topics range from the future of 3D printed homes to the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) systems for managing areas as diverse as heating, home security and fire safety.

The new platform aims to emulate the success of the sector’s leading Housing Technology Executive Conference event, which for 12 years has brought housing professionals and IT vendors together to share insights and solutions that improve tenant services. CEO George Grant, co-founder of Housing Technology, sees the new On Demand service as a pivotal development, borne out of both the recent pandemic and the online approach taken for the latest executive conference.

“At our most recent two-day online event, there were over 450 housing decision makers watching over 30 presentations amounting to 20 hours of high-quality content,” he said.

“This response to the restrictions of the pandemic feeds quality content into the new On Demand service and the result is a revolutionary media platform capable of really driving progress for the most important people – the tenants and customers of housing providers. If we have made progress there, then it’s all been worthwhile.”

The Housing Technology On Demand streaming platform builds upon this ground-breaking 12th conference incorporating live reports with insights from experts. It combines live presentations, demonstrations and interviews with a professional studio team and keynote speeches.

Musician MIDGE URE, who opened this year’s conference, believes that the new On Demand streaming service will galvanise innovation in the media space for social housing noting, “It is good to see how a genuinely new development like streaming can benefit the social housing sector. If you cast your mind back to LiveAid in 1985 much of what we did then, by broadcasting across two continents, was new. And just look how far technology has come since that time in music.”

Another leading commentator also see the transition as a transformative evolution. Lord JOHN BIRD, the Big Issue founder, noted, “I’ve worked with these guys for some years and have seem them pull together a tremendous industry response, with collaboration between housing associations on one hand and the software vendors on the other. By adding this highly innovative On Demand streaming channel, that sense of innovation by collaboration is so much stronger and immediate. It means key developments will be communicated earlier and the interests of big tech and government can be held to account in an accessible online digital format.”

Launch co-presenter, national television news correspondent Emma Birchley, was impressed by George Grant’s genuine drive to innovate when it comes to the housing sector as a way of improving the lives of tenants in social housing.

“George has a vision to deliver something new for the sector with a professional team helping him make it happen,” she said.

“There is no doubt he’s determined to deliver a highly innovative new service which will offer expert insight into the latest developments in the sector on demand.”

Find out more about Housing Technology On Demand here: https://ondemand.housing-technology.com/

Contacts:
Melina Sophocleous
Marketing and Media Manager
Housing Technology
+4420 8336 3393
[email protected]
www.housing-technology.com

or

Leigh Richards
Press Officer
The Right Image PR & Marketing
07758 372527
[email protected]
www.therightimage.co.uk

Source: RealWire

Bullfinch AG and Aquila Capital launch Joint Investment Vehicle for energy-efficient assets

Aquila Capital and bullfinch are pleased to announce the launch of a strategic joint investment vehicle intended to invest in energy efficiency assets across Europe. By combining Aquila Capital’s leading investment experience in real assets and renewable energy, with bullfinch’s unique expertise in decentralized renewable projects and next-gen technology platform, the partnership intends to make an immediate impact in the renewable investment landscape.

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With more than EUR 25 trillion to be invested in upgrading real estate assets across Europe to achieve climate goals, decentralized green infrastructure projects play an increasingly critical role in fighting climate change. The joint investment vehicle aims to become a relevant pure player in energy efficiency, targeting an investment of more than EUR 200 million in the next two years.

Aquila and bullfinch’s initiative will support the fast expansion of digital smart metering through financing, asset acquisition, and operations. Ultimately, Aquila and bullfinch are working together to realize the common vision of a world entirely powered by clean energy.

Bullfinch AG
Bullfinch AG, based in Frankfurt am Main, was founded in 2019 by CEO Robin Haack. The company is committed to a world powered by renewable energy: The Clean-Energy-as-a-Service technology platform enables the bundling, financing, standardization and management of sustainable building and facility infrastructure to make this vision a reality. Bullfinch’s solutions span four verticals: Power Generation, Clean Mobility, Energy Storage and Smart Buildings. Through partnerships with institutional investors and innovative energy hardware providers, they bridge the gap between capital and opportunity, enabling the accelerated global transition to clean energy.

Contact:
Bullfinch AG
Lucas Neurauter c/o BETTERTRUST GmbH, Luisenstraße 40, 10117 Berlin
Tel: (+49) 30 / 340 60 10 – 93, Mobil: (+49) 0176 / 619 111 76,
[email protected]

Source: RealWire

Speedcast Selected to Expand Connectivity Solution to Future-Proof Stena Drilling Fleet

Investment in digital transformation driving communications design enhancements for global drilling assets

Aberdeen, United Kingdom — April 13, 2021 — Speedcast, the world’s most trusted communications and IT services provider, has announced it has secured a five-year contract with Stena Drilling to expand its existing communications service with a newly designed solution to maximize operational effectiveness and support digital transformation efforts for Stena’s global fleet. Aberdeen-based Stena Drilling Ltd. is a leading independent drilling contractor with operations across the globe.

Speedcast has provided corporate networking and crew welfare connectivity long-term across the driller’s fleet of four drill ships and two semi-submersible rigs and will now be adding enhanced communications design and technologies for the fleet. The service contract follows Stena’s implementation of a digital transformation program to invest in innovation and technology to future-proof their global assets.

As part of the solution, Speedcast will provide advanced, very small aperture terminal (VSAT) modem technology; multi-orbit and tri-band antenna systems; SD-WAN, out-of-band management (OBM) and telemetry applications; and an enhanced design to maximize LTE coverage. All services will be backed by Speedcast’s 24×7 Customer Support Center (CSC).

“Speedcast has partnered with Stena Drilling for many years now in delivering the connectivity capabilities required for operational success,” said Richard Elson, Executive Vice President – Energy at Speedcast. “We are honored to continue serving as Stena’s sole communications provider, supporting their digital transformation by accelerating technologies onboard that will future-proof their global drilling assets.”

“Our team is keenly focused on investing in innovation and technology for our globally dispersed fleet,” said Ian Fraser, IT Manager at Stena Drilling. “To accomplish our goals, it is paramount that we partner with a technology advocate that will work in collaboration with our team to continue enhancing the connectivity solutions we believe will maximize our operational effectiveness. Speedcast has been our long-term choice for this critical endeavor and we look forward to our continued success.”

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About Speedcast
Speedcast is a leading communications and IT services provider, delivering critical communications services to the Maritime, Energy, Mining, Media, Telecom, Cruise, NGO, Government, and Enterprise sectors. The company leverages its global network platform to provide fully connected systems that harness technologies and applications to transform what remote operations can achieve. With the world’s most comprehensive network, Speedcast enables faster, seamless pole-to-pole coverage from a global hybrid satellite, fiber, cellular, microwave, MPLS, and IP transport network with direct access to public cloud platforms. The company integrates differentiated technology offerings that provide smarter ways to communicate and distribute content, manage network and remote operations, protect and secure investments, and improve the crew and guest experience. With a passionate customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 3,200 customers in over 140 countries. Learn more at www.speedcast.com.

Speedcast® is a trademark and registered trademark. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners.

© 2021 Speedcast. All rights reserved.

Speedcast Contact
Alix Wright
SVP, Global Marketing and Communications
[email protected]

About Stena Drilling
Stena Drilling Ltd. is one of the world’s leading independent drilling operators, with four ultra-deepwater drillships and two semi-submersible midwater drilling rigs, operating in a global market. Based in Aberdeen, UK, Stena Drilling has been a pioneer in several areas of technological development and innovation in the offshore industry and is a subsidiary of Stena AB, a privately owned company based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Source: RealWire

Emtelle to help Norlys achieve a more digital Denmark

The collaboration worth 40 million kroner per year will ensure Norlys’ customers have high-speed fibre connectivity.

Hawick, Scotland, 17 March 2021Emtelle, the leading global manufacturer of pre-connectorised blown fibre, cabling and ducted solutions, has today announced it has been awarded a three-year multi-million-kroner contract. Emtelle has been confirmed as the main supplier of duct, accessories and fibre units to Denmark’s largest integrated energy and telecommunications group Norlys.

Running until the end of 2023, this contract is anticipated to be worth a 120 million kroner over the next three years. Following a merger of SE and Eniig, digital services provider Norlys plan to continue fibre roll outs across Denmark as well as contribute to developing new sustainable solutions for its end-users. Emtelle’s longstanding relationship with both SE and Eniig pre-merger has demonstrated the dedication and quality of service Norlys was looking for in its main supplier.

Tony Rodgers, CEO at Emtelle said: “It has been a pleasure working with the Norlys team pre and post-merger and we are looking forward to building on what were already strong relationships. Combining our ability to supply quality fibre and duct solutions with Norlys’ drive to deliver superfast fibre connections across Denmark, we welcome the opportunity to support Norlys and help it meet its target of a more digital Denmark. As demands from our European customers increase and competition intensifies, it’s great that our dedication to high quality service and customer support is recognised.”

Over the next three years, Emtelle will supply Norlys with duct, accessories and fibre units to drive forward its ambitious plans of expanding their digital infrastructure to create a more digital Denmark. Norlys facilitates the expansion, operation and maintenance of fibre infrastructure across 40% of the country.

Magnus Just Olesen, Vice President of Norlys Tele said: “As we continue to meet our targets of delivering a more digital Denmark and ensuring our customers have access to a premium superfast fibre connection, it is key we have the support of partners that are enthusiastic and dedicated to deliver a top-quality product and service. Having worked with SE and Eniig separately pre-merger, Emtelle has already proven its commitment to supporting our success, and it was crucial as we expanded, and increased our roll-outs, that our supply came from a partner that could meet our demand.”

“With its strong European manufacturing presence and responsive Scandinavian sales and support team, Emtelle has continued to demonstrate its dedication throughout the process, and we look forward to continuing our prosperous relationship,” continued Just Olesen.

Emtelle’s wide range of fibre optic solutions and constant innovation has proven it is best placed to supply the ideal solution to support Norlys’ momentum in reaching its ambitious roll out plans across Denmark in the next three years. Its reputation for first-class customer service and support has been repeatedly demonstrated in the field. With more than 40 years’ experience and its manufacturing facility in Sonder Felding, Midtjylland, Denmark, Emtelle has been able to supply solutions to key players across Denmark and Europe.

Laila Nygaard Pedersen, Sales Director for DK at Emtelle said: “In order for us to achieve a competitive edge it is more important than ever for us to place our customers at the forefront of what we do. I am immensely proud of my team and their delivery of excellent customer service, which has led to us winning this contract with Norlys.”

For more information about Emtelle, please visit: https://www.emtelle.com/.

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About Emtelle
Emtelle is a leading global manufacturer of pre-connectorised, blown fibre cable, and ducted network solutions, and has been for the past 40 years. With manufacturing operations in UK, Germany and Denmark, as well as sales offices internationally, Emtelle serves over 100 countries globally to multiple sectors including telecommunications and power.

Find out more: www.emtelle.com.

Source: RealWire

Cleanwatts delivers real energy decarbonization

Vowing to simplify, amplify and accelerate the energy transition, this new cleantech company brings to business and local communities around the world the benefits of smart energy efficiency services and access to affordable clean energy

Portugal, 24, February 2021 – 2021 brings many new and exciting prospects, and Cleanwatts is one of them. Emerging from the tech company Virtual Power Solutions (VPS), Cleanwatts combines the power of digital and industrial technology with deep domain expertise in clean energy systems, advanced analytics, and renewables project financing to help clients reap the benefits of the global energy transition through energy efficiency services and access to affordable clean energy.

Building on the company’s successful track record of delivering energy efficiency services through a proprietary suite of advanced energy management platforms, Cleanwatts is now entering the realm of affordable clean energy by originating and managing zero capex Renewable Energy Communities, where clean energy is offered as a service to local participants – requesting no investment from them regarding the required infrastructures and technologies. Cleanwatts drives an inclusive agenda, inviting local communities to rise to the global energy challenge by purchasing low cost and locally sourced clean energy from small-scale PV solar plants (1-5MW) and complementary storage capacity. In short, Cleanwatts brings together smart technology, human expertise, and financial capital to deliver zero capex Renewable Energy Communities, where clean energy is offered as a service to households and enterprises in local ecosystems such as business parks, industrial parks, transport hubs and shopping districts.

A world in transition
In recent years, efforts to address the energy transition have been primarily focused on the deployment of large-scale clean energy infrastructure. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), energy efficiency and renewable energy, along with electrification, can deliver up to 90% of the energy-related emission cuts required under the Paris Agreement [1]. Cleanwatts is committed to this vision and firmly believes that to address energy decarbonization at the scale and level required, local communities must also be engaged and empowered to act.

“When it comes to climate change, it is actually quite simple. Every decision, every investment, and every effort…it all matters, and we need everyone to be involved. The call to action is clear and timelines are short” says Michael Pinto, Co-Founder and CEO of Cleanwatts. “We have the skills and capability to increase access to affordable clean energy as a natural extension of our core expertise in energy management. Energy markets and legislative frameworks are evolving quickly. Conditions are now favorable for combining and deploying distributed energy assets, financial capital, digital technologies and human capabilities intelligently and efficiently for the benefit of companies and communities in many countries around the world.”

A strong team, advanced technology, and a bright future
Led by a seasoned international management team with a robust background in energy systems, software, clean tech, financial services, and industrial manufacturing at its core, Cleanwatts harnesses the exceptional capabilities of Virtual Power Solutions (VPS), a subsidiary responsible for developing the company’s suite of advanced energy management software platforms: Kisense® (energy management for commercial and industrial enterprises designed to monitor, manage, control and optimize in real time energy generation, storage and asset-level consumption); Kiplo® (energy management platform designed to provide aggregation capabilities, grid-level balancing services and peer-to-peer trading within energy communities); and Cloogy® (energy management for residential use, allowing households to monitor, manage, control and optimize in real time their energy generation, storage and consumption patterns). Today, Cleanwatts Group serves over 2,000 client locations, including 12 international airports and several energy communities representing over 2TWh of energy equivalent to the annual consumption of over 750,000 homes.

Cleanwatts Group employs a talented team of 50 experts and increasing, with solid experience solving energy-related challenges for clients across Portugal, Europe and Brazil. Cleanwatts is managing a pipeline of over 20 Renewable Energy Communities that are expected to start operating over the next 18 months. Through VPS, the company is also a leading partner of FleXunity, a consortium funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, aiming to create energy communities across Europe and connecting these to innovative grid-level flexibility services. “FleXunity introduces flexibility as an asset and, through Artificial Intelligence algorithms and Blockchain technology in Virtual Power Plant platforms like Kiplo®, new services will be developed and validated to benefit consumers, prosumers, aggregators, and grid operators.” says Luísa Matos, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Cleanwatts.

Encouraged by a series of wins in 2020, despite the pandemic, Cleanwatts is now focused on international growth across Europe and the Americas. In clear recognition of their value, Cleanwatts was recently selected by Fidelidade, Portuguese insurance market leader, to support them with an innovative energy strategy for their new project in the center of Lisbon, namely a 205,000 sqm Gross Floor Area office, residential and retail complex. “Fidelidade is deeply committed to meeting its sustainability and decarbonization goals and as such has chosen to partner with Cleanwatts for this important project.” says the Project manager of Fidelidade.

[1] Source: The Post-COVID Recovery

About Cleanwatts
Cleanwatts was founded in 2020 with a mission statement of simplifying, amplifying and accelerating energy decarbonization for companies and communities around the world. Cleanwatts is capitalising on advanced energy management software platforms and human capital of Virtual Power Solutions S.A. which is now a subsidiary. To learn more about us please visit our LinkedIn and website:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleanwatts/
https://www.cleanwatts.energy/

For media inquiries please contact:
José Queirós de Almeida | Chief Marketing Officer
Cleanwatts
[email protected]

Maria Wilton| Account Executive
BloomCast Consulting
[email protected] | +351 935 450 050

Source: RealWire

SolarArise commissions 75 MW Solar Plant in Uttar Pradesh

Zurich, 27 January 2021. ThomasLloyd announced today that SolarArise India Projects Private Limited (“SolarArise”) has commissioned a 75 Megawatt (“MW”) Solar PV plant in Khera village, Budaun District, state of Uttar Pradesh delivering clean energy to over 100,000 people in Northern India.

In 2018, ThomasLloyd, a leader in impacting investing in emerging markets, invested in Delhi-based SolarArise alongside the Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (“GEEREF”), advised by the European Investment Bank Group, and Kotak Mahindra managed Core Infrastructure India Fund (“CIIF”).

The new solar plant operates under Talettutayi Solar Projects Five Private Limited has a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with the state government Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL). The plant is expected to generate approximately 120 million kilowatt-hours per year of clean energy in Uttar Pradesh state.

Commenting on this new development, Nandita Sahgal Tully, Managing Director Infrastructure Asset Management at ThomasLloyd said: “We are delighted that our partnership with SolarArise continues to grow and are pleased to have made significant progress through the successful commissioning of this new site against the challenging backdrop triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a major achievement by the entire team at SolarArise and we commend them for their efforts.”

SolarArise’s current portfolio of 384 MW (DC) comprises of six operational plants, across four states in India with a total capacity of 234 MW. Capacity for an additional 150 MW is already funded. All plants benefit from long-term power purchase agreements with either central government or state counterparties.

Tony Coveney, Managing Director, Co-Head of Infrastructure Asset Management at ThomasLloyd adds: “This new solar energy plant will provide clean energy to more than 100,000 people in the Uttar Pradesh region. This development is in line with the ThomasLloyd ethos of investing in projects that have a positive impact on the environment, society and communities. We are proud to be part of another project that realises the universal goal for a clean-energy future.”

SolarArise Founder and Director, Mr. Anil Nayar, said: “Our experienced teams worked closely with our contractors, allowing us to deliver this project ahead of schedule, despite the operating challenges we faced from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this time we worked diligently ensuring the health and well-being of our employees. Renewable energy is needed now more than ever, as communities across India are realising the importance of a clean climate.”

Media contact:
ThomasLloyd Group
Anneliese Diedrichs
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone +41 79 659 65 13
[email protected]
www.thomas-lloyd.com

About SolarArise India Projects Private Limited

SolarArise is an Indian focused project developer which develops, owns and operates grid-connected solar PV projects in India. The company was founded by James Abraham, Anil Nayar and Tanya Singhal in 2014 backed by GEEREF, CIIF and ThomasLloyd Group. Together they have significant experience in technology R&D, policy advocacy, execution, regulatory liaising, financing and operations of solar assets. Further information can be found at: www.solararise.com

About ThomasLloyd Group
ThomasLloyd is a global investment and advisory firm dedicated to leading the necessary process for social and environmental change, focusing exclusively on the financing, construction and operation of sustainable projects in the infrastructure, agriculture and property sectors. The range of services comprises products and services through the entire value chain of these sectors. In addition to the structuring, placement and management of impact investing solutions, they include consulting and financing of projects and companies, as well as digital financial services, particularly in investment brokerage, investment advisory and asset management. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Zurich, ThomasLloyd is one of the world’s leading impact investors and providers of climate financing. ThomasLloyd is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles of Responsible Investment. As at 30 September 2020, ThomasLloyd was managing USD 1.5 billion of capital in sustainable infrastructure. Further information can be found at: www.thomas-lloyd.com

Source: RealWire

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