ESB to roll out pilot projects with five international start-ups as part of global energy programme

ESB is to trial pilot projects with five international energy start-ups, cementing its commitment to delivering value-driven solutions for a low-carbon world.

The start-ups – (UK), Solandeo (Germany), Akselos SA (Switzerland), Enging and Save2Compete (both Portugal) – have been selected by ESB to help lead the transition to the next generation of clean, efficient energy and electric transport.

The five start-ups were finalists in this year’s Free Electrons Accelerator Programme of which ESB is a founding member. The programme is designed to support start-ups who are working to transform the energy market with next-generation ideas. ESB and nine other global utilities work with each of the companies to refine and test their products with the potential to reach 80 million customers in more than 40 countries.

Denis O’Leary, ESB’s Head of Innovation, says: “ESB is delighted to partner with five of the world’s most exciting and innovative energy start-ups as part of the hugely successful Free Electrons Programme. This once again demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to supporting the brightest talent that are developing energy solutions for our customers. These are important steps as we lead the transition to a low-carbon future, with creative ideas, innovative thinking and new technologies at the heart of this transformation.”

Following a rigorous bootcamp event in Dublin earlier this year, 15 start-ups – including Irish based GridBeyond – were selected to compete in the programme.The UK-based claimed the coveted title, the $200,000 prize fund and is now working with ESB on a pilot project. builds software to make electric vehicle charging easier, greener and cheaper for energy utilities and car owners. ev energy’s platform will be configured to minimise carbon emissions on the grid and the trial will test customer value proposition in both UK and Ireland.

Following the success of last year’s programme, ESB partnered with start-ups Jungle AI and Sterblue on projects that include making the energy sector more sustainable and using drones to maximise the efficiency of wind turbines to reduce carbon emissions.