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E.ON buys stake in wind startup b.ventus

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 October 2017

German electric utility company E.ON has acquired a stake in b.ventus, a start-up company focused on developing wind power solutions for businesses.

The investment is part of :agile, E.ON’s accelerator and incubator to support startups in energy sector.

E.ON acquired the stake through Avacon and E.DIS, its regional supply subsidiaries.

E.ON Kundenservice Netz, Fallersleber Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft (FEAG), and the Leitner Group also have stake in b.ventus.

E.DIS CEO Alexander Montebaur said: “We chose b. ventus as a partner because the company has developed a promising, innovative business idea that we want to ramp up.

“This also gives us the opportunity to work closely with other E.ON companies, a renowned medium-sized enterprise, and one of our regional partners.”

b.ventus’s solution is claimed to enable business customers to start generating their own wind power quickly and easily. The centerpiece is a wind turbine specifically designed to take up this role. The hub height is at least 30m and the turbine can be installed quickly and it does not require any lengthy permission processes.

The wind turbine can also be integrated into the customer’s existing embedded generation facilities such as cogeneration unit or solar array.

The wind turbine has a hub height of 29m and a rotor diameter of 42m. The maximum rotor height can reach up to 50m. The turbine is a direct drive turbine with a power generating capacity of 250kW. The rotor makes 27.3 revolutions per minute.

E.ON claims that b.ventus does everything for its customers starting from installation to operations. The company also maintains and if needed, will repair the turbine as well. It claims to provide 95% guarantee of availability and the return on investment is guaranteed in five years.

In September, the company started construction of the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm, which is located 35km north-east of the Island of Rügen. The wind farm is expected to start operations in 2019 and generate enough electricity to be supplied to 400,000 German households.

Image: E.ON invests in wind power startup, b.ventus. Photo: Courtesy of E.ON SE.