With over 3,500 generating plants, more than 3,400 MW of marketed production capacity and around 251 million € trading volume in 2016, e2m is an excellent medium-sized and independent electricity trading company.
e2m is considered an excellent example of new digital business models
Leipzig and Dresden picked as digital energy hubs by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Only eight weeks ago, experts from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Bitkom e.V. and the city of Leipzig visited Energy2market GmbH (e2m) in the framework of the “Digital Hub” initiative and learnt about the digital business model of the system integrator and power trader. At the end of April, BMWi selected the cities of Leipzig and Dresden as the sole cluster worthy of support in the field of energy. To a significant degree, this decision was also due to successful pioneers like e2m, which was set up as recently as 2009. With its Virtual Power Plant (VPP), e2m is considered an excellent example of how digitalisation can facilitate new business models in the energy industry. As a result, e2m has had a leading role in paving the way to the markets for biogas plants. In particular, the currently strongly increasing flexibilisation of decentralised plants is inconceivable without digitalisation.
Leipzig’s application focused on the energy sector in combination with environmentally friendly generation and use of energy as well as smart-city approaches in a networked and intelligent city. These are also approaches which e2m pursues with its involvement in current research projects. The WindNODE project in the north-east model region focuses on the networked and balanced integration of the fluctuating energy types (wind and solar power) within the 50Hertz balancing area. In this project, e2m primarily concentrates on the intelligent use of flexibility through its VPP. In another large-scale national project, the focus is on using the flexibility of electric vehicle fleets of significant sizes – consisting of several thousand commercial vehicles. As in the case of the energy turnaround itself, the consistent decentralisation is the defining element of these projects and, hence, one of the bases of the e2m business model.
A digital hub is a node where players from the start-up scene meet. A local network facilitating the exchange of ideas, staff and capital and promoting innovations is of decisive importance for the establishment and development of start-ups. And the cities of Dresden and Leipzig have created the best-possible conditions for this – which is why they were chosen by BMWi in the framework of its “Digital Hub Initiative".
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