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03.05.2017

Stabilizing the power grid with households: TenneT and sonnen are pioneering the networking of storage batteries with blockchain technology

• TenneT is the first power grid operator to use decentralized residential storage batteries that are networked via blockchain to stabilize the power grid • Flexible use of storage batteries by sonnen is reducing emergency measures required to stabilize the network • After a successful pilot phase, blockchain technology can now be further expanded via an open source-based solution by IBM

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20.04.2017

sonnen listed as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies in the Financial Times

sonnen, a portfolio company of eCAPITAL, has been recognised by the Financial Times as one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe. The list presents the 1,000 companies with the highest growth percentage from 2012 – 2015. The statistics portal Statista identified tens of thousands of companies in Europe as potential candidates for the ranking. With a cumulative growth of 567%, sonnen ranked number 218 among all participating European companies.

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30.01.2017

Energy supply of the future

Whitsunday last year showed that the amount of electrical power generated solely by wind and sun is able to cover the entire demand of Germany. An important role in the future supply of electrical power plays eCAPITAL’s portfolio company sonnen GmbH in Wildpoldsried.

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18.01.2017

sonnen wins world-renowned Zayed Future Energy Prize

sonnen, a portfolio company of eCAPITAL, won the Zayed Future Energy Prize, one of the highest remunerated prizes for special innovations in the energy sector. sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann accepted the $1.5M prize at the opening of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. sonnen is the first energy storage company to receive the prize in the “Small and Medium Enterprise” category.

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13.12.2016

Open-Xchange and Qwant join forces to offer user-controlled alternative to email and search monopolies

New service to offer private search and full OX App Suite functionality all secured with one-click PGP encryption from OX Guard. Open-Xchange, the leading provider of email, collaboration, file and document management software for hosting, service provider and telecommunications companies, has announced yesterday a partnership with European privacy-protecting search engine Qwant, to develop a new and ethical email platform. The inaugural collaboration between the two companies will make use...

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12.12.2016

eCAPITAL backs Open-Xchange AG with additional funding

eCAPITAL participates in a €5 million extension of the Series C funding of Open-Xchange AG (“OX”) to support the further growth of the company. OX is a leading provider of web-based communication, collaboration and office productivity software for the service provider industry.

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08.12.2016

Electricity from the wardrobe

Solar panels on the roof, a wardrobe-size battery in the basement: this is how everybody can fulfill one’s own electricity needs. Newspaper FAZ is reporting on how eCAPITAL’s portfolio company sonnen GmbH enables every private household with solar panels on the roof to become a self-supporting energy provider. Read the complete article here:

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07.12.2016

Former Tesla Powerwall Sales Manager takes over as VP Sales of sonnen, portfolio company of eCAPITAL, to ramp U.S. business

SONNEN, the market leader in intelligent residential energy storage, announced today that Blake Richetta, former North American Sales Manager for Tesla Energy, will head SONNEN’s growing expansion in the U.S. as Vice President of Sales. In sharp contrast to Tesla Energy, SONNEN is focused on distributing their smart home energy products through local and regional installation partners, while Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0 is expected to be sold in large part via the newly combined Tesla/Solarcity...

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02.12.2016

1,100 energy storage systems - eCAPITAL portfolio company sonnen sets a monthly delivery record with its sonnenBatterie

During the month of November the sonnen group, the world’s biggest manufacturer of intelligent energy storage systems, delivered about 1,100 sonnenBatterie. This set a new record as it was the first time in the history of the company to deliver more than 1,000 energy storage systems within one month. The biggest share went to the German market, followed by Italy and the US.

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17.11.2016

Deloitte appoints sonnen as one of the ten fastest growing technology companies in Germany

The sonnen Group, European market leader for intelligent energy storage systems, has been awarded the "Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award" for the second time in a row. sonnen achieved a Top 10 placement in this year’s ranking.

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