Cleantech startups: German utilities bridging the valley of death?

Cleantech startups suffered from several challenges in the past. Most prominently, many startups failed to acquire enough venture capital for a market rollout. This is currently changing in Germany. We discuss in this post what exatly is changing in Germany and how three factors together increase the chances of cleantech startups to succeed in the German energy market. 

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Digitalization in the Energy Sector – Challenge accepted?

Utilities are at a crossroad: They can follow their established paths and focus on their traditional long-term business models. Or they face the challenges of digitalization and adapt to the faster innovation cycles related to digital business models. We discuss the utilities' strategies related to digitization and find arguments that support both scenarios. Which way are the utilities going to take? Let's see. 

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Multi-Use – The Kick-start for battery storage markets?

The energy transition can gain from battery storage. However, battery storage is not yet profitable in all markets. This changes if the battery provider does not only address one, but many different markets. This is the idea behind the multi-use approach for battery storage. We discuss two challenges for this concept and three potential solutions: dynamic network charges, regional flexibility markets and regulation. 

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