About Next Kraftwerke Exit

Next Kraftwerke links microgeneration plants and creates a virtual power plant. Pooling such plants makes unused resources available to the electricity market

Press releases

25. February 2021

Strong exit for High-Tech Gründerfonds – Shell to acquire Next Kraftwerke

Shell is acquiring Next Kraftwerke to strengthen its position in the field of renewable energy tradingThe Cologne-based start-up Next Kraftwerke GmbH will obtain the necessary resources to fuel further growth and the development of complex new commercial products  High-Tech Gründerfonds has been an investor in the company since its foundation in 2010The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval Subject to regulatory approval, Shell* is to acquire 100% of the shares in Next
4. March 2020

How scientists become successful entrepreneurs 

Interview with Klaus Lehmann, Partner Successful industrial technology start-ups – Klaus Lehmann has helped scientists and researchers to found successful start-ups on behalf of the High-Tech-Gründerfonds since 2014. Now the industrial technology expert has been appointed partner of the HTGF. In an interview he explains what start-ups from the world of science and academia need to bear in mind and why the HTGF is great partner for them in particular. Robotics, lasers, sensory,
9. May 2017

Eneco Group invests in Next Kraftwerke

Dutch sustainable energy company Eneco Group has acquired a minority interest of 34% in Germany-based Next Kraftwerke, operator of one of the largest Virtual Power Plants (VPP) in Europe. The investment will allow for the further strategic expansion of Next Kraftwerke in Europe and contribute to the joint ambition of Eneco Group and Next Kraftwerke to accelerate the energy transition by means of technology, enabling more renewable and decentralized energy. Next Kraftwerke, founded in 2009 in
19. May 2010

Investment in virtual power plant

Together with Neuhaus Partners and Business Angels, High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in Next Kraftwerke GmbH. This new, Cologne-based technology business specialises in the marketing of microgeneration plant on the electrical power market. In particular, Next integrates emergency power generators, cogeneration units and biogas plants by means of intelligent networking on what is known as the minute reserve market. In conjunction with partners experienced in this market, the Company covers the

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