In Brief

Finding funding
Collaborative energy supplier ekWateur has raised €2 million from three major French investors: Aster, BNP Paribas Développement and Bouygues Telecom Initiatives. This was a substantial financing round for ekWateur, closing just a few months after the official launch of its service offering. The funds will allow ekWateur to accelerate its growth and the development of new IT services and applications, as well as to expand its teams. “This will also be an excellent start to 2017. With this financing, we are going to be able to scale up and compete even more effectively with the big market players,” says Jonathan Martelli, MD.

Energy software
Belgian investment firm Korys is investing in the Swedish renewable energy software maker Greenbyte AB. Greenbyte’s software supports wind energy and solar PV owners, operators and asset managers in capturing the full potential of renewable energy projects. Since its founding in 2010, Greenbyte has grown almost entirely organically and now more than 7GW of wind and solar PV energy across 20+ countries are monitored through its software services Breeze and Bright.

Collaboration begins
Dutch and Polish researchers of the National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) and the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) are going to start a collaboration to further improve the safety of nuclear reactors. Both institutes signed a memorandum of agreement for a three year collaboration including computations to be performed on 5000 cores of the Polish supercomputer – Swierk Computing Centre (CIS). According to Afaque Shams and Ferry Roelofs of NRG: “Both countries will profit from this collaboration. Our Polish colleagues will provide the huge computing facilities needed, while NRG as world leading institute in the field of CFD applications will support the Polish colleagues to setup the simulations.”