DENA’s CEO Andreas Kuhlmann: “EcoInnovations need a steady regulatory support for its growth”

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of DENA, joined the speakers of the Forum “EcoInnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine” via video conference a week before launching new round of Startup Energy Transition (SET) startup contest. SET is one of the major global competition for energy innovators, that attracted the talents from 86 countries in the previous round. Greencubator is proud to be SET’s local partner in Ukraine for three years.

DENA is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the “Agency for the Applied Energy Transition” it contributes to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives. We asked Mr. Kuhlmann to share his view on building effective partnerships between business, state regulators and policy for cleantech development. Here is the summary of his key points.

Creating green growth points: Attracting eco innovators on a global scale

Infrastructure excellence: It’s the ecosystem, stupid!

When there is a supportive environment any technology will grow faster and make a greater impact on the whole ecosystem. And green innovations are no exception. To persuade innovators join ecosystem and attract more newcomers, it is vital to demonstrate the benefits of a bigger green complex, including access to resources, communication, ideas sharing, convenient data storage, and so on.

To develop a successful ecosystem, one must take into account all the characteristic features of the existing infrastructure, understand the challenges that face new business models, etc.

There are three necessary emphasises to follow:

  • creating,
  • promoting,
  • capitalizing

for innovators and their cleantech products.

Technology is moving forward, but won’t make it alone

Cleantech industry develops quickly, but nevertheless it needs support: a regulatory accompaniment and sufficient political will for development. As tech innovations appear faster than updates for the regulatory base, it is necessary to cooperate with legislators and advocate quicker regulatory changes. Without proper explanations about the crucial role of green innovations for society, its development is slowing down due to outdated regulation.

Strong political will once given, needs to be (continuously) reconfirmed

To support cleantech changes and its development it is not enough to implement new laws for once — legislative support should continue and constantly make progress. Since politicians have too many issues on the agenda, it’s our task to remind them of cleantech importance and introduce eco innovations to the decision makers. The constantly supportive loyalty of politicians will create better conditions for business development.

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Green light for green innovations — another six Ukrainian companies received funding for cleantech technologies

At the Forum “Ecoinnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine”, the winners of the fourth wave of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program were awarded. This is the largest grant program for climate and low-carbon technology companies provided in Ukraine. It is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. In Ukraine, the program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator. The winners are: AGK Ukraine, Istrim, V.A.Solution, BIOsens, Charge Group, Meest Express. What kind of technologies are to form Ukrainian green exports with the European partners’ support — find out in this article.

International support for Ukrainian cleantech

Six Ukrainian companies, which got granting for green technologies, represent a wide variety of industries, from pharmaceutics and diagnostics of agricultural crops, to postal logistics and indoor ventilation systems. Electric mobility products couldn’t stay behind — these innovations take part in every wave of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program and that’s a good sign. The rising number of companies, creating EV-charging stations and other products indicates Ukrainian movement towards cleaner personal transport.

However, winners of this program receive more than just financial support. As the Ukrainian entrepreneurs point out, cooperation with the international institution proves their trustworthiness for Ukrainian and foreign investors. In addition, participating in EBRD programs helps to promote Ukrainian cleantech on the global market. As Ukraine became the first country among those where EBRD operates, in which the Climate Innovation Vouchers program was launched, European partners have been monitoring its implementation thoroughly. And the fact that Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director, EBRD Ukraine, have announced the fifth wave of the program is the best evidence of effective cooperation between Ukrainian companies and European partners.

Winners of the fourth wave

According to the Principal Economist, Martin Pospisil, EBRD (London), Ukrainian green exports is estimated at $350 million and growing, at the same time green imports is already $700 million. The expert noted that Ukraine does not use the full potential for increasing green exports, although the country has many more opportunities. So who are these Ukrainian companies which have received international experts’ support for the development of their climate technologies in Ukraine as well as around the world?

IV wave winners

AGK Ukraine and its spray-pack for medicines, to store it safely without a refrigerator

AGK Ukraine has developed a new packaging for medicines that allows to store it safely without a refrigerator during transportation, at a drugstore or at a customer’s home. The package is intended for those medications, the substances in which can be stored for a long time in a dry undiluted condition, but have a short term of use after mixing with the liquid. In this format, the dry active substance is separated from the liquid and the patient can independently mix the drug right before injection. To deliver and store drugs in this new packaging no fridges required. The reduce of refrigerators’ use also reduces the carbon footprint of the pharmaceutical industry.

The Climate Innovation Voucher will allow developers to get a proper technological consulting, provide testing of the prototype model, which meets the requirements and good manufacture practice (GMP).

Prototype of AGK Ukraine product

Istrim and its micro controllers with a sensor for air control

The company Istrim received a Climate Innovation Voucher to develop its URBAN smart window micro controller that defines basic air parameters. The product is mobile compatible, has a warning system on critical air pollution features, is able to collect data and inform state and public authorities through open data systems. URBAN device will allow you to control the indoor air quality and receive statistics on its status. In addition, this device can be integrated into the network and collect data for further analysis. Developers also plan that in a long term URBAN micro controllers will allow to implement administrative actions to reduce air pollution in a certain region.

With a Climate Innovation Voucher company will complete MVP and move forward to a production stage.

Scheme of the URBAN gadget built in

V.A.Solution and its real estate energy efficiency monitoring for companies with an extensive branch network

V.A.Solution develops software for the automation of real estate management, and now the company is working on an energy efficiency management module for already existing products. There are only highly-specialized products on the market nowadays, so companies either use several products which is inconvenient or do not implement energy efficiency management of real estate objects at all, precisely because of its hard integration into existing business processes. The V.A.Solution product allows complex automation of energy efficiency management: to collect the information on energy consumption, to form equipment register, to analyze and control levels of energy consumption according to the basic indicators, as well as to form and make payments automatically, choose investment priorities, etc. According to preliminary estimates, this product will save 10-15% on the consumption of energy in large commercial and industrial facilities — shopping malls, business centers, logistics centers, retail chains, warehouses, etc.

In order to develop a better software, the company intents to involve an energy efficiency expert — for this purpose it will use a Climate Innovation Voucher.

BIOsens and its portable lab for detecting mycotoxins in crops and feeds

BIOsens has developed a prototype device for rapid diagnosis of food toxins using Biosens Myco biosensors. This gadget provides a quick and cheap test for mycoses and detects contamination in maize, wheat, peanut, feed, and other crops. The analysis is carried out with one device only. The results are stored in a cloud storage and that data cannot be changed afterwards. Early detection of contamination in agricultural crops will save resources for extraction, detoxification and reprocessing, in such a way reducing the emissions of CO2 and other environmental pollutants. Analysis of feeds will help to reduce the cost of processing low-quality silage, which also affects the methane emissions concentration from the cattle’s living.

A Climate Innovation Voucher will help to implement pilot testing and develop an MVP. Certification and getting a patent is also around the corner. In addition, this device can be used to diagnose pesticides, antibiotics and pathogenic microorganisms in agricultural crops.

Charge Group and its integrated EV charging station controller with billing system and Wi-Fi spot

The Charge Group has received Climate Innovation Voucher for the electric mobility growth. The company has developed OCPP-compliant cloud service and billing for charging stations with VISA / MasterCard payment systems support.

The first charge station with OCPP protocol support, certified according to European standards, was made out of metal. But now, thanks to the Climate Innovation Voucher, metal to be replaced with plastic. Among the advantages of a plastic case: 67 times less weight, which is important for logistics and installation; 24 times lower cost of production, as well as its higher productivity, which will reduce the human component and improve quality control. All this provides a huge competitive advantage, saving resources, as well as a significant reduce of CO2 emissions during the production of charging stations.

Charging station is working

Meest Express and its software for optimizing highway routes and loading trucks with postal cargo

Meest Express introduced a software for highway routes that refines loading of postal cargo into trucks. The system works in real time mode and helps the human operator to make the best decision on how to build the loading schedule for vehicles. Also it is responsible for the further control of trucks’ actual location. Implementation of the system reduces significantly the number of involved trucks. A smaller number of transport units, used to deliver the same amount of cargo, means a significant reduce of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

With the help of Climate Innovation Vouchers program, company optimizes software to provide more automation in order to avoid mistakes and miscalculations. As a result, the quality of information for decision making will rise.

Better logistics reduces carbon footprint

About Climate Innovation Vouchers Program

The variety of the fourth wave winners confirms: cleantech innovations are possible in any industry. Businesses that implement environmental solutions thus gain tangible economic benefits and support from the international market. The Program Climate Innovation Vouchers is implemented by the NGO Greencubator, launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Its total fund is 1 million euro. Follow the news to find out when the fifth wave is coming!

For more information about the winners and media support

please contact Julia Fedotovskykh julia@greencubator.info (098) 782 84 96

Greener Titanium from Eastern Europe

Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” brings cleantech to aircraft titan details manufacturing

Green Bottom-Line

Industrial companies all over the world are trying hard to cut their resource usage, and be more energy-efficient. Yet they remain the largest environment pollutants, producing millions of tons of CO2 emissions and churning out millions tons of industrial waste every year.

Though, for these companies producing tangible products environment is by far not the biggest concern. Using less natural resources and less energy is not only good for environment, but for many companies bottom-lines as well. Especially with governments in developed countries which intensify the taxation of those producers who pollute heavily.

Aerospace engineering is clearly among the leaders of those industries truly eager and dedicated to resource-saving. Mainly because modern aircraft production just needs lots of raw materials, each of them having its own heavy CO2 footprint and hefty price tag. Titanium is among these expensive but crucially important materials for plane-makers. The bad news for aircraft industry is that more than 50% of it is just wasted. Most of it becomes scraps after CNC machines carve out complex shapes of aircraft details out of titanium pieces.

The good news though his provides a fertile soil for technologies which can save on using titanium and Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” did just that with their titanium 3D printing technology. With material savings reaching up to 90%, it is no wonder that aircraft producers were the first to become their customers.

Printing the Savings

3D printing, as a technology that aims to use less materials, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions, has already proved it’s climate friendliness being widely spread in consumer industry. Less materials to make a unit or detail means less energy used. Moreover, these savings are getting multiplied throughout the whole production chain: less materials means less of ore mined, less electricity and fuel used to transport and process it.

Recently Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” presented an adaptation of 3D printing to the metal manufacturing industry as well as solid details manufacture. Innovators managed to develop and put into operation their own device. One that can print details with the ultra stable titanium.

The experimental device for metal 3D printing looks rather ordinary than innovative, neither photos no video can give a sense of the cutting-edge tech densely packed inside. One can not tell why the technology is greener than others by just looking at it. Though, numbers tell a compelling story about titanium 3D printing contribution into reducing climate impact and resource usage.

Titanium 3D printing

1 kg of titanium production results in about 35 kg of CO2 emissions, and we need 20-30 kg of titanium to produce a detail X with a traditional manufacture method. But with xBeam 3D Metal Printing technology that very same detail can be mastered with only 3-5 kg of titanium. Considering this, 3D printing should become an environmental duty of the aviation industry, and the most progressive companies are already working to integrate “Chervona Hvilya” product into manufacture processes.

The company recently won a grant under the Climate Innovation Vouchers Program which they plan to use for integrating best industrial CAD / CAM software into their product and completing their solution as a full-cycle industrial 3D printing system. Dmytro Kovalchuk, CEO, “Chervona Hvilya”, shared his experience of renovating the world’s steel industry and making it greener.

From traditional metallurgy to 3D printing

— Our company has been engaged in high-tech processes for over 20 years: titanium production, ingot production, etc. Ukraine is among world’s leaders in electron-beam technologies and other high-tech metallurgical processes. Ukraine has always had a well-organized titanium industry. Some time ago our company has noticed the growth of global demand for new tech solutions in metal manufacture. That is why we decided to switch from making titanium products to develop devices for titanium products manufacturing.

In 2005, we started designing and putting together special equipment based on the electronic gas-filled gun, developed together with our colleagues from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. We delivered our equipment all around the world, introduced our technology, shared experience with foreign specialists and discovered popular market trends.

Analyzing all that information we found out that global metallurgy, particularly the one that deals with expensive materials, seeks for resource and energy saving, as well as moves toward manufacturing processes acceleration. To meet all these demands we’ve ended up in 3D printing. We’ve developed our own technology, based on the outstanding characteristics of our electron-beam gun (you can not find on the market any comparable equipment), patented it, and then designed a pilot system called xBeam 3D Metal Printing. This experimental 3D printer can print with a metal wire a wide range of products using various materials.

We were able to create the first experimental 3D printing setup soon enough, because at that time all the members of our team have already had solid background. The guys from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute added their huge intellectual investment as the developers of our electron-beam gun. So, on the one hand, we got complete device just in two years. On the other hand, it is fair enough to note that the process was so quick due to 20-30-40 years of experience of the involved professionals.

Cleantech doesn’t have to look extraordinary

Technology Explained

— 3D printing is an automatic process, and for us it is a new approach, compared to a traditional metallurgical technology. Therefore now we develop and test new software solutions for 3D printing automatic process, as well as for monitoring and quality control systems.

As aerospace industry is the main driver for the steel 3D printing development in the world, it sets high quality and safety standards for products, and we have to meet these requirements. Last year we’ve made agreements with leading international companies to research the properties of materials produced with our technology. Independent research centers carried out necessary research. The results confirmed significant advantages of the materials and details that we provide with our own production technology.

As for productivity, we reached 3 kg of printed details per hour, because material consumption is the main characteristic of such printing, not the quantity of details (they may be of different shapes, weight and size). During the three-shift schedule 3D printing device can print 35-40 kg of details per day. Which is, in monetary terms, gives us the potential market value of printing no more than $ 250-300 / kg of printed product.

Produced by xBeam 3D Metal Printing

Produced by xBeam 3D Metal Printing

Accelerated by Climate Vouchers

— To enter this titanium 3D printing market we needed to implement many new technical and software solutions, process automation, that is different from the systems that we created before. As a private company we search for additional funding, so we considered the Climate Innovation Voucher program as an opportunity to accelerate our 3D printing project.

The green cleantech component is in the very essence of the 3D printing technology. Actually, metal 3D printing itself was created to save the resources. Using less raw materials to create new details, this technology helps to save energy for extraction and processing of work stock. With 1 kg titanium production, 35 kg of CO2 emissions are generated, and 3D printing reduces the use of titanium for the production of different details. This technique gives an opportunity to use 2-3 kg of titanium to manufacture 1 kg weight detail, instead of 10-20 kg of material used for the same detail before. And this is not only about saving titanium, but also about the reduction of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

One of those details, made with titanium saving 3D printing

Due to our green contribution to the industry our company received a grant under the Climate Innovation Voucher program. We do already cooperate with the company AMS International, also with the Ukrainian company “Photon-Service”, whose experts create and adapt software to customize our technological process.

Meeting tough aerospace requirements

— The aerospace industry is the main driver of the metallic 3D printing technology, since resource conservation is always relevant for expensive materials. Titanium, as well as nickel, and so on are used widely in this sphere. Airbus, Boeing, NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation are pioneers in financing such new projects, also implementing it into production after all proper tests. In 2017, the first titanium detail printed on a 3D wire printer was installed on a Boeing-787 civilian aircraft. This is a very good precedent and a very good signal for developers, as well as for the whole potential market for such equipment.

That detail isn’t ours yet, but we are moving the same way. Now we are producing test examples for our foreign customers. They will be able to check not only the quality of the metal we create, but also the whole range of other product requirements. These include geometric dimensions, economic feasibility, accuracy, quality of whole details rather than individual fragments and real manufacturing test methods.

This year we hope to get feedback from our customers on the test details already completed to improve prototypes of industrial systems, basing on their feedback. With the new software, which we are developing right now thanks to the Climate Vouchers, we are on the final stage of industrial system creation already.

Getting ready to start titanium print

Ahead to Ukrainian market

— I mentioned foreign partners, but Ukrainian aerospace industry is also interested in our project. CB Antonova, CB “Yuzhnoye”, and Motor Sich — we have arrangements to manufacture test details with all of them. All our testing is free of charge for Ukrainian companies, because we want to implement the results of our work in Ukraine as quickly as possible.

I would like to add that since there are not many financial sources available for private business in Ukraine, we do really appreciate the opportunities provided by Climate Innovation Voucher. It’s great to have such programs in our country, but it is also important to inform the widest range of developers about these financial tools: both from private business and from government enterprises, from research organizations and small companies. Therefore, the work of Greencubator, as a coordinator of this program and other climate projects in Ukraine, is hard to overestimate. Green projects support is an example of synergy when all parties do benefit. We are working on preserving resources which is equally important for all the inhabitants of the Earth.

A tangible saving of the material, moreover, with the green component, is the solution that industry needs today. It is the importance of titanium 3D printing as a climate technology that contributed to receiving a grant under the Climate Innovation Vouchers program by “Chervona Hvilya”. The Program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator, launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Read about other winners of the project on the website of Climate Innovations Vouchers.

Solar powered ClimateLaunchpad, made by Greencubator, Ukraine

This year’s national CLP final in Ukraine was carried out in a camp completely powered by renewables in one of Kyiv green zones

Ukraine is one of 45 participants in this year’s world’s largest green business ideas competition — ClimateLaunchpad. The country has also became one of the 10 countries with the largest number of participating startups. Out of initial 55 applicants to the context, 9 teams made it to the national final. These teams presented their green business ideas to the jury, who selected the winners — UGrid, TOKA, Stock-Factory — to represent Ukraine at the Global Grand Final in Edinburgh, Scotland.

About the competition

ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. Its mission is to unlock the world’s entrepreneurial cleantech potential to address climate change issue. This competition sets up a stage for those green ideas propelling them towards real business that makes a difference and creates green economy.

ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings of EIT Climate-KIC, its partner in Ukraine is NGO Greencubator.

Greencubator founders Andrij and Roman Zinchenko at the opening ceremony, National Final ClimateLaunchpad at TeslaCamp 2018

National Final Specialty

ClimateLaunchpad Ukrainian national final took place at the TeslaCamp. That is an open-air renewables-powered energy innovations camp, organized by NGO Greencubator, dedicated to the future of energy markets.

With its own renewables-powered (solar and biomass) microgrid, no-plastics catering and live cleantech demo zone TeslaCamp provided an ideal low-carbon location for Climate Launchpad. And the fact that the whole camp was located at cozy and green part of Dnipro river bank added some special vibes to the event.

Solar power for National Final ClimateLaunchpad at TeslaCamp 2018

Th Jury

The jury at the Climate Launchpad included some prominent Ukrainian experts in the field of renewable energy and sustainable business. All of them have practical experience in fostering the climate-friendly businesses:

  • Oleksandr Ozeran — Director-General, Directorate for Digital Infrastructure on Transport and Postal Services, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine;
  • Olga Afanasyeva — Executive director, Ukraine Venture Capital and Private Equity Association;
  • Yevhen Didichenko — R&D Director, KNESS, one of the flagships of Ukrainian new energy;
  • Igor Stefurak — Founder at Workcelerator, online service with non-tech vacancies for a creative industry.

The Jury, Ukrainian National Final ClimateLaunchpad

Olga Afanasyeva (UVCA) outlines the Ukrainian cleantech startups evolution:

«— Ukraine Venture Capital and Private Equity Association stays with the ClimateLaunchpad in Ukraine for the third year in a row, so I’d like to highlight two main points. First, the rising quality of startups themselves: their pitches are getting better, business models are getting more complex. No more obvious leaders to beat the rest of the finalists — all participants are good enough, so it isn’t easy to choose the winners. And the second point, I’d like to focus on, as an Ambassador for women from Ukraine at venture business in Europe: the number of women among founders and co-founders is getting bigger every year. Women represented at least half of today’s projects and that is a very good trend.»

And the winner is…

Climate innovation is possible in any sector of the economy and often comes from in form of very diverse business models. And this year’s Ukrainian ClimateLaunchpad winners are just like that. Three teams to represent Ukraine at the Global Grand Final in Edinburgh belong to completely different cleantech markets: microgrids and virtual power plants; e-vehicles infrastructure; optimization of market places and product loss reduction.

This November three winners will represent Ukraine at Global Grand Final, Scotland

So meet the winners! The third place was awarded to Stock-Factory. It is a smart platform for manufacturers, retailers which helps them with selling the unsold stock of quality goods or passing it on to the charity. This will help to reduce the amount of wasted/destroyed goods in the trading chain and improve logistics, thereby reducing the carbon footprint and volumes of waste.

Maryna Sergienko, Stock-Factory

TOKA, a company which builds charging stations network for electric vehicles won the 2nd place of the competition. The team managed to develop smart balancing energy system. TOKA aims to create an e-charging point that’d be handy for night-time charging for both residents and builders of new houses. The bigger amount of convenient charging stations might convince urban citizens to switch to e-cars, and that is what TOKA team hopes to get as a result of their project implementation.

Stefan Blagovisniy and Vadym Voytovych, TOKA

Developers of a next version of a better electric grid — UGrid team have won the first place of Ukraine’s National CLP final. A team of five works on a hardware and software solution for deploying a microgrid based on traditional energy grids. Users of this distributed sustainable power plants will get convenient tools for managing and controlling power consumption, and will be able to charge their devices and gadgets in the most efficient way. Also for better control and prediction of energy use UGrid gives tools to create virtual power stations with distributed energy resources. This technology combines microinverters, IoT-controllers and cloud-based software. UGrid’s solution is handy for local energy supplying organizations who struggle to reduce the use of fossil energy sources and avoid overpayments during peak periods.

Pavlo Bondarenko and Roman Zinchenko announce the winners

UGrid founder Pavlo Repalo says that team is going to focus on testing key features of the solution, as well as creating a better demo equipment and, of course — better pitches and market insignts:

«— ClimateLaunchpad has helped us to sharpen up the business model, understand what market we should aim at. Also, we’ve developed a persuading presentation materials database, as well as figured out new convincing arguments for our clients and investors. In fact, we’ve seen more opportunities for our project and thus we’ve become even more inspired to work further on. Special thanks to our mentors for this!»

Pavlo Repalo, UGrid, with the 1st place prize at the National Final ClimateLaunchpad

Ukraine: an emerging global cleantech market participant

Ukrainian teams have been participating in the world’s largest green business idea competition since 2016, thanks to Greencubator — NGO behind organizing national final stage. The NGO is a leading supporter the climate innovation ecosystem in Ukraine. Every year three winners from each country compete at the Global Grand Final to join the Climate-KIC accelerator and get a cash prize.

Last year Ukrainian start-up Go To-U was named among the TOP-10 world’s best green startups at CLP final on Cyprus. Another Ukrainian 2017 winner — Effa with its alternative to plastic disposable toothbrushes, is working on arranging delivery of its product to businesses. Its toothbrushes made of recycled paper soon to be used in Ukrainian and foreign hotels, in particular, in the United States.

On November 1-2, 2018, the next generation of green Ukrainian innovators will present their ideas to global leaders of cleantech industry. Fingers crossed for UGrid, TOKA, Stock-Factory! Their success is a win-win for all of us, as they will compete not only with other teams to get an investment, but also with climate change to get a better future for our beautiful blue-green planet.

Contact us to get additional information about the winners phone: +38 044 374 17 17 or email julia@greencubator.info (Julia Fedotovskykh). Follow Greencubator updates to find out when the next competition begins. It it scheduled to February, 2019

And here are some more photos of happy winners:

Smart home made in Ukraine — How DS Electronics tools help to save electricity

Smart home and IoT are among hottest buzzwords around these days. In most cases we think of Amazon Alexa or Google Home when someone mentions smart gadgets for a better living. At least something designed in California and manufactured in China. Their competition comes, as it turns out, from unlikely place. Ukrainian company DS Electronics accelerates towards new international smart home markets. This company originating from war-torn Donetsk designs products, which make houses smarter, help to save on heating as well as reduce negative impact on the environment.

DS Electronics is hardly a new kid on the block. It has been working on the Ukrainian market for the last 15 years, producing thermal controllers, relay switches and technology for an underfloor heating. The company is renowned for its methodology of continuous incremental improvements of its products. Its special attention is dedicated to energy consumption parameters. And that is where its new product line is coming from. A series of Wi-Fi and cloud connected smart thermostats enables customers to manage house heating remotely from any place in the world. Want to come back after work to the house that started to warm up just before your arrival? It’s as easy as setting up your mobile app. And pay attention that heating won’t work all day long, wasting natural resources and draining owner’s money. It just starts when it is needed and expected. Also, if you’ve forgotten to turn off the underfloor heating, leaving home in the morning, DS Electronics product will help you to avoid extra expenses.

Now company is scaling up for international markets. They won a grant under the Climate Innovation Vouchers Program which they plan to use for getting ISO 9001 certificate. Exactly what one needs to start exporting its energy controlling gadgets abroad, especially to developed countries with strict consumer electronics requirements, standards and mature markets. Company got its chance for international support thanks to Greencubator — a platform that fosters green entrepreneurship in Ukraine. Mykola Selyutin, a production innovation expert, DS Electronics, shared his experience of working on fast-growing global market of smart home devices as well as plans on conquering IoT world.

Consumers’ problem solver

— For most consumers, both private and commercial, the problem of rational energy use for heating is quite an acute one. We help our clients solve two parts of the problem at once: we make it very convenient to manage the residential heating (even remotely), and to save money on the electricity.

DS Electronics products are made for private use, as well as for office premises, public institutions, manufactures, — we have a fairly wide range of items. Our programmable thermostats control the underfloor heating and electric heaters so that only the needed areas are heated — according to user’s preferences.

Terneo product line includes several different models

A green thermocontroller

— The green component of every thermocontroller is its economy feature: it helps to save the electricity spent on heating. First things first, it is achieved by setting the heating schedule, which allows you to save on heating at certain periods of time, set by a consumer (for example, when there is nobody in the apartment). This is significantly different from traditional centralized heating which in most cases is capable of producing only one constant temperature in the apartment.

Additionally, our WiFi-enabled devices allow you to change thermostat settings in real-time being elsewhere, as long as you have an internet connection. Just imagine all these additional possibilities and conveniences which make one feeling like future is here already.

Automate process at the DS Electronics factory, Kyiv

Getting energy efficient

— Apartment preparation for the installation of energy efficient thermostats, underfloor heating, etc. depends directly on what kind of heating equipment the consumer plans to use. If the heating device is a convector, or an infrared panel, one should only buy a thermostat that connects to the outlet, for example, terneo rzx. It doesn’t involve any installation work in the room.

Underfloor heating requires some additional installations in the room both for heating cable or film, and also for the thermocontroller itself in the outlet box (terneo ax; terneo sx). These thermostats are available for quite a reasonable price:

Wi-Fi connected terneo sx has a sensor tool bar. This is company’s own product design

The cost of installing heaters may vary, depending on its capacity, manufacturer, etc. Many Ukrainians already have convectors or infrared panels in their apartments, so the only thing they need to start saving energy is a thermostat.

The cost of an underfloor heating also heavily depends on its capacity, manufacturer, and most importantly — the total area of the underfloor heating (and hence the length of the cable or infrared film).

To make our products even more convenient, we connected WiFi-thermocontrollers with different platforms: a web browser, mobile OS Android and iOS.

Accelerated by Climate Vouchers

— Our company never stops setting and achieving new goals. We improve existing products, making them more reliable and easy to use. We are dedicating pretty much all of our time to development and launch of new products. Currently we plan the launch of new Wi-Fi controlled devices. They are thermostats terneo bx and terneo srzx. Also, our company produces voltage relays ZUBR, and plans to add WiFi-controlled devices to this lineup too. It will help to monitor the power grid failures stats.

The Climate Innovation Voucher enables our company to get an international certificate of quality management ISO 9001 already during year 2018. This, in turn, will accelerate our entry into international markets as well as allow to deliver our devices to more consumers at an affordable price. Just because we have an edge in pricing — foreign analogues are quite expensive and few can afford it. With all this we hope to increase the percentage of energy savings in the world.

DS Electronics gadgets are proudly made in Ukraine. Company had moved from Donetsk to Kyiv some years ago

Benefits from Climate Voucher Program

— We’d strongly recommend to all Ukrainian companies tangent to climate technologies, greenhouse gas emission reductions and natural resources conservation take part in the Climate Innovation Vouchers contest. This is a great opportunity to accelerate company growth and implement its green mission, also to meet like minded people and to introduce the benefits of your own project to the experts.

As we can see now a well-established and already well known manufacturer can become a green innovator too, as well as any brand new startup. Proved by DS Electronics. If you also have a green idea and want to present it on an international level then you can take your chance participate in the Climate Innovation Vouchers Program. The Program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator, launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Read about other winners of the project on the website of Climate Innovations Vouchers.

Early birds’ tickets to our energy TeslaCamp 2018 are available!

We are happy to announce that TeslaCamp 2018 will take place on the bank of the Dnipro river in Kyiv, September, 1-2. You can already buy a ticket – special price for early birds is 1000 UAH. It will be actual till July, 31.

These year’s topics for discussion:

  • energy decentralization and renewable energy support;
  • microwaves;
  • cyber security;
  • climate innovation financing;
  • “green” export.

Five reasons to visit TeslaCamp 2018 with your friends:

  1. To find out the trends that will determine the future of energy in Ukraine and all over the world. Trends that will change your perception of the current situation.
  2. To spend two days in a unique camping (southern part of the Hydropark), which is powered from alternative energy sources only. Can you imagine?!
  3. To see our exhibition zone, and we guarantee, it will blow your mind! Our participants will feature modern energy-efficient products (solar and smart tools for dwellings, new generators and heaters, etc.). You’ll get the chance to communicate and actually make things together with famous developers, doers and innovators – that is a new experience!
  4. To join dancing on the bank of the Dnipro river. For those who did not have enough time to rest this summer 😉
  5. To take part in quizzes, entertainments and enjoy the “green” surprises from the participants.

Ready for the TeslaCamp 2018? Buy tickets and invite your friends:

buy early birds’ ticket for 1000 UAH, until July 31, 2018. The cost of tickets from August 1, 2018, will be 1250 UAH.

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Invitation to a discussion of the draft law “On energy from renewable sources” developed by Secretariat of Energy Community

Invitation to a discussion of the draft law “On energy from renewable sources” developed by Secretariat of Energy Community

We express our gratitude to the Secretariat of the Energy Community and personally to his director Janez Kopač for providing draft law “On energy from renewable sources” as well as related proposed changes to Law of Ukraine “On electricity market”. The respective files can be downloaded here.

This creates an opportunity for broad paricipation of all interested groups in discussion of the draft law as one of the variants to replace current version of stimulating the usage of renewable energy sources in Ukraine. The Signatories of the open letter believe that this brings Ukrainian energy policy development closer to Europeant practices of transparent policy development.

NGO “Greencubator” along with partners expresses its readyness to assist to the Committe of Fuel-Energy Complex and Nuclear Safety with organizing public consultations for improving the quality of RES support policy development and including all groups of interest. We are also ready to help with high-quality expert discussion on various mechanisms of RES support at the level of state institutions.

Open Letter on civil society organisations consultation

Open Letter on civil society organisations consultation to Janez Kopač, Director of Energy Community Secretariat

Dear Mr. Kopač,

According to the news published on the site of Ukrainian Parliament’s (Verkhovna Rada) Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex and Nuclear Industry, on March 13th during the round table a representative of Energy Community Secretariat has presented a draft law “On renewable energy” which aims to alter fundamentally the legal framework for renewable energy sources in Ukraine.

Unfortunately, civil society representatives were not informed in due time about this round table by organizers and were unable to participate. This situation is highly unfavorable, considering important role of CSO representatives as watchdogs and independent experts.

Our organizations value an enormous contribution of Energy Community to the process of reforming Ukraine’s heavily monopolized, poorly regulated and deeply corrupt energy industry. We believe that increased transparency is crucial for reforming troubled Ukrainian energy sector.

The undersigned civil society and businesses representatives also firmly believe in European values to which our country committed by signing the Association Agreement with EU and paying a hefty price for hope to make our historical choice of eurointegration. We recognize transparency in policy development as important embodiment of EU core values. We also believe that experts of Energy Community share these values.

With this in mind we kindly ask you to make available for public consultations the full text of the draft law developed by experts of the Energy Community Secretariat and publish presentations delivered at the round table “Implementation of competitive mechanisms of “green” energy procurement in Ukraine” in Verkhovna Rada on March 13th. We believe this will improve transparency and overall quality of the policy development process and positively contribute to expert discourse regarding the support of renewable energy generation in Ukraine.

Looking forward for your response,

Respectfully,

Andrij Zinchenko, NGO “Greencubator”

Mykhailo Gonchar, Center for Global Studies ‘Strategy XXI’, President

Viktor Butok, independent energy expert

Yuri Urbansky, National Ecological Centre of Ukraine

Andriy Konechenkov, Vice President у World Wind Energy Association

Andriy Martynyuk, EkoClub (Rivne), Chair of the Board

Andriy Gorbal, Ukrainian Center for Social Data

Yuri Favorski, Solar Association of Ukraine, Head of the Board

Oleksii Mykhailenko, Clean Energy Lab, COO

Oleksii Tikhonov, NGO “Municipal Energy”, Head of the Board

Roman Skliarov, NGO “Center for Economic Democracy”, Head of the Board

Dmytro Lukomsky, TOV “Rentechno Prime”, CEO

Oleksiy Badika, TOV “Atmosfera”, CEO

SET Award 2018 is looking for energy innovators

SET Award 2018 is looking for energy innovators

Startups which are tackling the climate change are welcome to apply for Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award 2018 until January 31. 18 finalists will be invited to pitch at SET Tech-Festival in April in Berlin and to compete for a cash prize.

Apply now 

The Award categories are:

  • Low-Carbon Energy Production
  • Intelligent Grids, Platforms & Cyber Security
  • Energy Efficiency, Smart Devices & Storage
  • Innovative Mobility
  • Energy, Water, and Food
  • Special Prize: SDG-7 (UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, ensuring access to affordable energy for all, in an equitable way)

What are the perks & prizes?

For all Participants: join the global platform of innovation leaders; connect with the keys actors of the energy transition and find potential partners.

For the Top 100 Start-Ups: be included in our “Global Energy Transition (GET) 100” list, a yearly publication disseminated to our corporate partners and investors.

For all Finalists: Return-flights to Berlin, and accommodation for 2 representatives of the start-up or innovation project to attend the Tech-Festival; Pitch coaching by innogy Innovation Hub; Individual booth at Tech Festival; Live pitches at Tech Festival; Investor-matchmaking; Tickets to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD); opportunity to take part in the Innovation day of the World Energy Congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Winners of each category: Maximum cash prize of 10,000; Participation on the winners’ panel at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), Profile of start-up celebrated across the World Energy Council’ s global energy network in 99 countries; opportunities to attend a World Energy Leaders‘ Summit.


Start Up Energy Transition (SET) is a global initiative for visionaries and vanguards fighting climate change. Its main pillars are the SET Award, the SET Tech Festival, and the SET Network. The SET Award 2017 received more than 500 applications from 66 countries.

More info about the award.

Greencubator invites partners to join the Energy Innovation Center

Greencubator invites partners to join the Energy Innovation Center

Ukrainian energy innovations network Greencubator invites technical and financial partners to join the establishment of the Energy Innovation Center. The Center will focus on developing and promoting energy innovations from Ukraine both on domestic market and globally.

Greencubator team have made a decision to invest funds received by the organization co-founders from Stanford University into the new center, providing it with solar generation facility and multiple experimental, R&D and meetup facilities. The Center will act both as demonstration center and provide multiple services for companies working in energy – both established corporates and

Our team is reaching out to the partners who can multiply the effect and commit its technical, financial and other resources to develop Energy Innovation Center. Energy is always about community effort and cooperation, and so are energy innovations. Join an effort to build future-compatible energy industries!