Smart energy company GridBeyond raises €10.5m

Irish smart energy company GridBeyond has raised £9 million (€ 10.5 million) in a Series B financing round as it looks to scale the business further and expand into new markets.

The company, formerly known as Endeco Technologies, also intends to use the new investment to double its workforce over the next three years, invest further in research and development, and expand its current offerings.

Founded in 2007 by Kildare-based businessman Michael Phelan, GridBeyond currently employs about 60 people.

The company works with grid operators in Ireland and Britain to help large, industrialised energy users reduce their power consumption by using machine learning to optimise use.

Portuguese electric utilities company Energias De Portugal (EDP) led the latest round with existing backers, the ESB and Dublin-headquartered Act Venture Capital also participating. Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures, the $400 million fund owned by the French oil and gas giant Total Group, also came onboard for the first time.

“The newly completed financing round sets GridBeyond on the path to increase the reach of our intelligent energy platform, delivering world leading AI and powerful automation capabilities to smart grid and energy markets,” said Mr Phelan, the company’s chief executive.

The company previously raised € 3.3 million in 2016 through the ESB’s €200 NovusModus fund. At that point it also secured an additional € 1 million from other shareholders, including Enterprise Ireland. Other backers of the company include Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley and tech investor and Tribal.vc founder Conor Stanley.

“As energy service markets grow and migration to the grid edge continues, there is increasing demand for an intelligent energy management platform with deep understanding of how to optimise value without disruption to energy assets,” said Debbie Rennick, partner at Act Venture Capital.

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