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Energy transition startup node.energy receives €7 million in Series‑A funding

Photo: Manfred Heid and Kai Panitzki (flnr), the mana­ging part­ners of BitStone Capi­tal in Cologne
27. July 2022

Frank­furt a. M. — From four new inves­tors and exis­ting inves­tors such as the High-Tech Grün­der­fonds (HTGF) and renow­ned busi­ness angels node.energy raises Euro 7 million in fresh capi­tal. The selec­tion of the four new Series‑A inves­tors was quite deli­be­rate. For example, the funding round is led by Colo­­gne-based VC BitStone Capi­tal, the leading Prop­T­ech fund with strong exper­tise in the real estate indus­try. As co-inves­­tors, 10x Foun­ders brings exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the soft­­ware-as-a-service sector and impact inves­tor BonVen­ture brings a clear sustaina­bi­lity focus. As an inter­na­tio­nal inves­tor from the energy sector, Helen Ventures from Finland is also parti­ci­pa­ting in the finan­cing round.

The soft­ware “opti.node” deve­lo­ped by node.energy simpli­fies the manage­ment of wind and solar plants. As the “digi­tal lubri­cant of the energy turnaround”, opti.node takes over the fulfill­ment of nume­rous bureau­cra­tic requi­re­ments in parti­cu­lar: With opti.node, plant opera­tors can easily auto­mate the crea­tion of invoices, tax forms and noti­fi­ca­ti­ons to the autho­ri­ties. The soft­ware is already being used to manage around 10,000 wind energy and solar plants. node.energy is thus the market leader in Germany.

“The future energy supply will be based on milli­ons of rene­wa­ble energy plants, and every major buil­ding will also be a power plant. Many new provi­ders, such as property mana­gers and citi­zen energy coope­ra­ti­ves, are driving change with new busi­ness models. In doing so, they are regu­larly confron­ted with the compli­ca­ted rules and bureau­cra­tic requi­re­ments of the energy market. This results in enor­mous market poten­tial and further growth oppor­tu­nities for us,” explains Matthias Karger, foun­der and mana­ging direc­tor of node.energy

“Rising energy and CO2 prices and the desire for secu­rity of supply are making rene­wa­ble energy instal­la­ti­ons for real estate more attrac­tive than ever. node.energy makes it easy for profes­sio­nal owners to evaluate this poten­tial and to operate the plants success­fully and legally compli­ant. I am plea­sed to support the team in this socially important task,” says Marc Stilke, Venture Part­ner at BitStone Capi­tal and future Chair­man of the Advi­sory Board at node.energy

node.energy will there­fore invest the seven million euros recei­ved in Series A in the further deve­lo­p­ment of the soft­ware. The goal is to build a compre­hen­sive soft­ware plat­form that enab­les profes­sio­nal system opera­tors from the commer­cial and real estate sectors to easily imple­ment new busi­ness models such as solar power direct deli­ve­ries (e.g. tenant power or power purchase agreements/PPAs) and self-supply. To this end, the soft­ware is being enhan­ced with addi­tio­nal func­tions and expan­ded into an end-to-end solu­tion platform.

About node.energy

node.energy GmbH, based in Frank­furt am Main, is a fast-growing company working towards a sustainable energy future. node.energy was foun­ded in 2016 by Matthias Karger and Lars Rinn and deve­lops and distri­bu­tes the SaaS solu­tion “opti.node” for profes­sio­nal opera­tors of rene­wa­ble energy plants. More than 9,500 wind turbi­nes in over 2,500 wind and solar farms as well as more than 400 commer­cial and indus­trial proper­ties are already using opti.node. 2020 node.energy was awar­ded the Handels­blatt Energy Awards. Curr­ently, node.energy employs about 50 people.

About High-Tech Gründerfonds

The seed inves­tor High-Tech Grün­der­fonds (HTGF) finan­ces tech­no­logy start-ups with growth poten­tial. With a volume of around EUR 900 million spread across three funds and an inter­na­tio­nal part­ner network, HTGF has suppor­ted more than 670 start-ups since 2005. With the launch of HTGF IV, more than EUR 400 million in fund volume will be added in the fall of 2022. The team of expe­ri­en­ced invest­ment mana­gers and start-up experts supports the young compa­nies with know-how, entre­pre­neu­rial spirit and passion. The focus is on high-tech start-ups in the fields of digi­tal tech, indus­trial tech, life scien­ces, chemi­stry and rela­ted busi­ness areas. More than €4 billion in capi­tal has been inves­ted in the HTGF port­fo­lio by exter­nal inves­tors in more than 1,900 follow-on finan­cing rounds to date. In addi­tion, the fund has already success­fully sold shares in more than 160 companies.

The fund inves­tors in the public-private part­ners­hip include the German Federal Minis­try for Econo­mic Affairs and Climate Protec­tion, KfW Capi­tal, the Fraun­­ho­­fer-Gesel­l­­schaft and nume­rous compa­nies from a wide range of industries.

 

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