Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival announces 2020 finalists

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Start-ups from eleven countries will present their business models for energy transition and climate protection at the Start-Up Energy Transition Tech Festival taking place on the 24th of March in Berlin

There are15 start-ups that will be showcasing portable battery systems; cross-industry storage systems; software for inspecting power lines; cleaning methods for air conditioning systems or retrofit solutions for buildings.

The award will be presented by the German Energy Agency (dena) in cooperation with the World Energy Council.

Out of the 600 applications received, the international jury selected the companies whose business ideas were most convincing in terms of energy system transformation and climate protection.

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The most innovative strategies and solutions will be awarded in five categories: Renewable Energies and Materials; Digital Energy Systems; Energy Efficiency Solutions; Smart Mobility; Special Prize: Quality Access & Sustainable Development Goal-7.

This year’s competition for business ideas in the sector of energy transition and climate protection started with a kick-off event in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 September 2019. In the current round, the award is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the partner countries Canada and Sweden, BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures, Berlin Partner, Elia Group, E.ON, GTAI, InnoEnergy, Inven Capital, Shell and other sponsors. In the past three years, a total of over 1300 start-ups from 90 countries have participated.

Start-ups meet international investors at the SET Tech Festival

At the SET Tech Festival, the finalists will present their projects in a live pitch. The festival also serves as a forum where start-ups can connect with international companies from accross the full energy sector, as well as, investors and potential customers.

A total of around 800 participants are expected to attend – including over 200 start-ups.Following the opening by Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of dena, and Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council, there will be numerous sessions, presentations and dialogue formats. The opening panel “24/7 for Future” will welcome a large number of speakers to talk about how they are achieving sustainability in their work. The panel “Innovation in Policymaking” deals, among other things, with policy options for promoting zero-emission technologies.

The session “Tech and Nature” will discuss nature-based solutions such as reforestation and seabeds as well as innovations in the field of carbon capture and storage technologies.

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One of this year’s keynote speakers is Matthias Maurer, astronaut at the European Space Agency ESA, who will share his view on energy system transformation and climate protection with the audience from a special perspective. These and many other programme items make the SET Tech Festival once again the meeting place for the renewable start-up scene.

The finalists will present their innovations at the SET Tech Festival in Berlin – an international event for start-ups, the energy industry and investors.

Enlit Europe will feature innovative companies accelerating decarbonisation at Europe’s largest gathering of companies driving and leading the energy transition. Are you going to be there? Click here to join us in Milan between 27 and 29 October.


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