Com4 and Otovo are making solar energy smart
Otovo has chosen Com4 as their partner and mobile operator on their project for short travelled electricity. By using mobile communication from Com4, Otovo can now offer their customers an overview of their electricity usage where they can easily check if they have over or under produced to either export or import energy to or from others in the neighbourhood.
– Otovo is the energy company of the future. They make it easy for anyone to produce energy on their own roof. We are glad to contribute our technology into this sun revolution together with such an innovated company as Otovo, says Stein André Larner, CEO at Com4.
Otovo is a tech start-up which makes it easy to get short travelled and green energy from your own roof. – The customers can at any time check if they have a surplus or a deficit of electricity. If there is a surplus of produced electricity the remaining electricity is sent back to the network and other houses in the neighbourhood can utilize it. This is how short travelled electricity occurs, explains Simen Fure Jørgensen from Otovo.
– Among other things we deliver mobile communication for the solar panels. This provides the customer with an overview of their energy production so that they can easily see if they have over or under produced electricity. Using Com4´s security solutions the solar panels communicate through a closed channel on the mobile network and into Otovo´s sky service. The data is available to the customer through an app, explains Stein André Larner.
Simen Fure Jørgensen from Otovo says that together with Com4 they have created something completely unique in Norway. We do this because we know its important for the customer to have an overview of their energy production. In simple terms Com4 contributes the technology which helps us with this important reporting. Naturally we have a critical and conscious customer base, he says.
Looking to the future
Big changes will happen in the energy marked in the future. One opportunity is that co-ops for example can get together and rent access on the power grid. Such as Telio for example renting network access from Telia. – This means that an apartment building could rent a power grid from a supplier to produce their own energy. For example, one could have solar panels on the roof and the battery in the basement, this way you would avoid the rent on a big part of the electricity. By working with Com4 we are facilitating this, says Simen Fure Jørgensen.
Otovo installs solar panels on regular houses, co-ops, industrial building and farmhouses. The model works by Otovo and partners securing investments, and plan the whole project, while the customer pays for a fixed price subscription on the electricity. – the whole business model is focused on making clean and cheap electricity available to everyone. We plan, install and secure financing for the solar panels. The customer must sign a subscription with us and then they will be provided with all electricity the panels produce for their own use or resale. Thanks to our work with Com4, we can now provide our customers with a detailed usage report, ends Simen Fure Jørgensen.
Com4 AS is a Norwegian communications operator with its only focus being mobile data communication for business user. The company operates a comprehensive network and produces mobile solutions for a variation of industries, from energy to health and security. As one of Europe’s premier operators for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, Com4 is uniquely positioned to meet the future demands and challenges within machine-to-machine communication.
Otovo is a tech start-up whom makes it easy to get short travelled and guaranteed green energy produced on your own roof. The company plans, installs and pays for the solar panels on your roof. Otovo was founded in January 2016 by Andreas Thorsheim, Simen Fure Jørgensen and Andreas Bentzen. Within its first year Otovo was the leading supplier of solar panels for private homes in Norway. Today Otovo is 13 employees whom work with sale, projects and development. Everyone working to make it easy for you to get solar panels of your roof. Read more on the Otovo blog.
For more information, contact:
Stein André Larner, CEO at Com4
Phone: +47 47 90 07 77
Simen Fure Jørgensen, Product Manager at Otovo AS
Phone: +47 92 03 01 73