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SET Award 2020: Five start-ups honored in the areas of climate protection and the energy transition

The winners of the international Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award 2020 for the most innovative and effective business models in the fields of energy transition and climate protection have been determined: instagrid (Germany) in the renewable energies and materials category, SwitchDin (Australia) in the digital energy systems category, Enerbrain (Italy) in the Energy Efficiency category, EcoG (Germany) in the Smart Mobility category and Liter of Light (Philippines) in the Special Prize: Energy Access and UN Sustainability Goal 7.

The award-winning companies prevailed in the jury meeting during SET Week, which this year was held for the first time and, due to corona, in place of the SET Tech Festival virtually. At the fourth edition of the SET Awards, the 15 finalists, who were selected from 570 applications from 90 countries in the spring, presented their ideas to the international, top-class jury of experts.

Andreas Kuhlmann, chairman of the dena management board: “The energy transition and climate protection require exactly the breath of fresh air and new ideas that come from start-ups. There are a lot of them, as the many applications we received show. That is good, because we are shaping the climate-friendly future with innovative solutions and smart approaches. We want to take this momentum with us with the SET initiative. The great international commitment strengthens the work of the network. "

The SET100 list offers an up-to-date insight into the industry. Every year the SET initiative publishes the 100 most innovative and promising applicants for the SET Awards. The compilation makes it clear that all parts of the world are working with great inventiveness for climate protection and the goals of the energy transition.
The winners of the SET Award 2020:

instagrid, Germany (Renewable Energies and Materials category): instagrid develops portable battery systems. The “software defined battery” technology of the Stuttgart start-up replaces classic generators such as diesel generators. With this cost-effective and low-emission innovation, instagrid offers various industries a convincing alternative in the field of mobile work.

SwitchDin, Australia (category digital energy systems): SwitchDin develops software for the intelligent control of distributed energy resources (DERs). This software enables the development and management of virtual power plants (VPPs) as well as microgrids and helps with the integration of DERs into the power grid.

Enerbrain, Italy (Energy Efficiency Category): Enerbrain has developed retrofit solutions for buildings to optimize thermal management. Sensors read the climatic values ​​of rooms in real time. If necessary, the intelligent thermal management reacts using a scalable IoT solution and adjusts the room climate. This innovation saves energy, CO2 emissions and increases individual comfort.

EcoG, Germany (Smart Mobility category): EcoG provides the IoT operating system and all software components required to build chargers for electric cars. In addition, EcoG develops and integrates the software for the chargers. This will make the charging infrastructure more variable and drive the electrification of the transport sector.

Liter of Light, Philippines (Special Prize Category: Energy Access and UN Sustainability Goal 7): The “Liter of Light” model redesigns solar lighting for developing countries. Plastic bottles are easily and inexpensively converted into lamps. The measure creates local jobs, an awareness of sustainability and makes everyday life easier for people in low-energy communities.


About Start Up Energy Transition
SET is a global initiative that identifies leading start-ups in the fields of energy transition and climate protection and networks them with companies, investors and other start-ups. It includes the SET Award, the SET Tech Festival and the SET network. Over 100 partners from politics, business, science and non-governmental organizations take part worldwide. In the current round, the competition is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics, the partner countries Canada and Sweden, as well as the partners BayWa r.e., Berlin Partner, Elia Group, E.On Innovation, GTAI, InnoEnergy, Inven Capital and Shell.
Further information on the SET initiative can be found at www.startup-energy-transition.com