Next Kraftwerke nominated as 2020 BloombergNEF Pioneer

Published: 14. July 2020

Next Kraftwerke is among the ten companies which have been named the 2020 Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Pioneers. With assistance from BNEF staff, an independent panel of industry experts selected the ten winners from a pool of well over a hundred applicants from 24 countries. The winners are pursuing opportunities in areas as diverse as advanced materials, distributed energy, industrial digitalization, intelligent mobility, metals, satellites, and energy storage.

The panel evaluated candidates against three criteria: the potential to scale the opportunity; the level of innovation of the technology or business model and the novelty it brings to the market; and momentum as demonstrated by strong commercial development. “This award is a great honor for us,” says Jochen Schwill, Co-CEO of Next Kraftwerke: “The global energy transition presents us with new challenges. We believe that Virtual Power Plants are a crucial puzzle piece to overcome these challenges by aggregating flexibility from distributed energy resources. Our VPP-SaaS NEMOCS aims at third parties to also set up their own Virtual Power Plants in order to increase the speed of the global transformation towards 100 % renewable energy.”

BNEF is a leading provider of primary research on clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials, and commodities. With a team of experts in six continents, BNEF leverages sophisticated data sets to create perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies.


Next Kraftwerke Belgium BVBA is Belgium’s first Digital Utility operating a Virtual Power Plant – the Next Pool – both on the electricity and reserve power markets with a focus on flexibility. The Belgian installations are pooled together with flexible generation and demand and demand response in other European countries (e.g. Germany, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Poland, Italy and Switzerland) adding up to a total of more than 10 000 decentral consumers and producers with a total power of more than 8,5 GW.