EDF organised its second debate under the theme “Channelling innovation: from EU ambition to SME projects”. On this occasion, Christophe PERRON, Founder and CEO of Stimergy, presented his young venture at the Press Club Europe in Brussels.
The transformation of the energy industry is opening up avenues in areas as diverse as renewables, smart systems, energy efficiency, storage and mobility – all of which adds up to a massive opportunity to boost innovation in Europe and bring new technologies to market. Running from 2014 to 2020 and with a budget of nearly €80 billion, Horizon 2020 is the new EU research support programme.
Fostering dialogue between energy SMEs and EU decision-makers
Being an active player in energy venture capital, helping start-ups develop their ideas and access new markets, EDF opened the debate to foster dialogue between energy SMEs and EU decision-makers. To do so, they hosted three young companies with exciting energy projects to tell their stories – Stimergy was one of them. They got to challenge EU representatives to respond with advice, comments and questions.
Christophe PERRON commented: “It was very interesting to see that the three start-ups taking part in this debate arrived with the same concerns. The equity gap is what prevents promising start-ups in the field of energy to grow fast and develop game changing solutions. It’s been very reassuring to see that the European Commission is well aware of this and is already trying to propose an answer through its new tool: Instrument PME.”
Stimergy redefines the datacentre as a distributed collection of computing units interconnected by optical networks. Each unit, named “digital furnace”, integrates several high performance servers as its heat source.
Their data furnaces are deployed within secured technical rooms of buildings where they deliver their heat to hot water distribution pipe. Each 2 to 4kW furnace enables to cover 60% of the hot water energy needs of a residential building.