Actility, the specialist in the Internet of Energy, announced that it has acquired NL Noodvermogenpool, the largest demand response aggregator in the Netherlands. Combining the market-leading position and expertise of NL Noodvermogenpool with the innovative technology solutions for smart grid developments offered by Actility’s ThingPark Energy platform will create the undisputed leader in European demand response.
“The energy transition is rapidly unfolding across Europe,” says Cedric De Jonghe, who heads Actility’s Energy Business, “and demand response is a key component”. Smart grid developments improve the security of supply whilst an increasing contribution of renewable energy sources is enabled. This transition creates major opportunities to leverage innovative technologies in energy markets.
NL Noodvermogenpool is a pioneer in demand response in the Netherlands. Established in 2011, it has been providing emergency power to the Dutch transmission system operator TenneT since 2012. NL Noodvermogenpool creates an “emergency power pool” which aggregates the capacity of many partner companies to offer additional power to balance the electricity grid. In addition, this aggregation brings direct economic benefits to flexibility suppliers participating into the pool.
This strategic partnership creates a top European player in the market for smart energy management solutions. Actility’s ThingPark Energy platform offers strong smart grid capabilities covering the full range of demand response services, including process modelling for intelligent consumption and large-scale battery projects.
“We are very successful in the Dutch market for both upward and downward emergency power”, comments NL Noodvermogenpool manager Jeroen Schut. “To meet increasing demand in the rapidly changing energy landscape, we needed a strong technology partner.” By combining forces with Actility, NL Noodvermogenpool will continue to lead the evolution of smart grid in the Dutch market and expand its partnerships, with future-proof solutions offers.
“We are delighted to join forces with NL Noodvermogenpool, cementing Actility’s strong position in demand response in Europe,” concludes Actility CTO Olivier Hersent. “This partnership demonstrates the commitment to building strength in sectors where Actility’s innovative technology can be disruptive.
Building upon Actility’s leadership in LPWAN IoT networks, this partnership will also enable to rapidly open new use cases for massive demand response applications leveraging thousands of coordinated participants, particularly in the Netherlands where LoRaWAN already spans the entire country.”