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E.ON partners with UK renewable heat innovator Naked Energy

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E.ON partners with the British company Naked Energy, as a part of a groupwide Innovation program. Naked Energy’s solar heat and hybrid technology supports customers with high energy demand and limited available space providing high energy density solar technology.

Christophe Williams, CEO and co-founder of Naked Energy, says: “It’s an honour to partner with E.ON and support their customers to become climate neutral. The need to decarbonise urban and industrial heating has never been more urgent, and the team at EIS share our vision for ambitious energy solutions that are future-proof, smart and efficient. This deal marks an exciting step forward in Naked Energy’s journey as we scale our operations globally. We look forward to beginning our work together.”

Mark Ritzmann, Managing Director at E.ON Group Innovation: “E.ON is committed to climate protection and the sustainable energy transition. Leveraging every available space, especially in limited environments, is crucial for generating renewable energy on a large scale. Highly innovative technology partners like Naked Energy play a pivotal role in expediting the transition to sustainable energy. We are excited about this partnership.”

The E.ON Group is one of Europe's largest operators of energy networks and energy infrastructure and a provider of innovative solutions for its city, industry and consumer customers. E.ON runs multiple worldwide Innovation programs like “Free Electrons” to find, test and scale new technology solutions like Naked Energy to drive forward the energy transition in Europe.

The deal will see Naked Energy’s market-leading solar technology deployed to commercial and industrial-scale projects across Europe and the United Kingdom run by E.ON´s business unit Energy Infrastructure Solutions (EIS). Once the pilot is completed, it will allow EIS to offer Naked Energy’s solar technology to a range of customers who will benefit from reduced fossil fuel usage and improved financial returns.

EIS provides integrated, sustainable, and digitally enabled energy solutions for cities and industries to reduce their carbon emissions. In 16 European countries, EIS services 1.5 million customers through 4,500 plants, which collectively produce 19 terawatt hours of heating, cooling, and steam and 12 terawatt hours of electricity.

Naked Energy is the British developer of the world’s highest energy density solar technology for flat roofs. Their solar heat collectors save up to four times the amount of carbon as standard solar PV panels and are perfectly positioned for the decarbonisation of heat in the global commercial and industrial space.

The partnership was founded through the groupwide, global Innovation program “Free Electrons”

“Only through technological advancement our societies will come anywhere close to reaching the climate targets. Making technological innovation available to our business units so they can scale, is our role at E.ON Innovation. We have created a unique culture of cooperation over the last years and supporting structures that enables both sides to get to best outcomes. And we have our eyes and ears open to the market around the world”, says Stefan Padberg who leads E.ON´s Startup program in the US as Managing Director E.ON Innovation Co- Investments.

Naked Energy’s range of solar heat collectors are called Virtu. VirtuHOT is TÜV-certified and converts the sun’s energy into heat up to 120°C while its revolutionary solar PVT collector, VirtuPVT, simultaneously generates both PV electricity and solar heat up to 75°C. The business has also developed a complementary platform, Clarity247, to monitor the performance of Virtu as well as integrated technologies like PV panels in real time - something rarely seen in the industry.

Naked Energy’s technology will be offered to a range of EIS customers across Europe who have a strong use case for renewable heat, such as breweries, food and beverage, apartment blocks, hotels, leisure centres with swimming pools, and district heat networks.

The deal builds momentum for Naked Energy as they now scale their technology for a global market and complete their Series B funding round, targeting £30million.

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