2018 has come and gone and with it VisBlue has grown and gained valuable new experiences and knowledge. This is already reflected in the start of 2019, where we will deliver our first largescale project.
Last year, Lille Birkholm became finalised and proved to be our very first largescale project, where we will deliver and assemble eight battery systems to the Danish housing association in the beginning of 2019. Our battery solutions will help the 800 households of Lille Birkholm use as much as possible of the generated energy from their solar panels. The total capacity of the eight VisBlue systems is 175 kW with a storage capacity of 540 kWh.
Earlier in the year, we delivered our first commercial sale to the Danish island of Livø, where our battery solution will help Livø’s energy production to rely solely on renewables. The capacity of the battery solution on Livø is 40 kWh and the power output i 5 kW.
2018 proved to be the year where we signed a partnership with Contour Advanced Systems BV, a subsidiary of Contour Group BV. This partnership agreement will expand the business opportunities for both parties, as Contour will become one of our distributors and as our battery solutions will be implemented and installed in containers from Contour.
We kicked off our collaboration with NRGi’s Værdipulje in 2018, where we invited schools in NRGi's energy grid area (Denmark) to experience, how we aim to create viable courses for a greener future. This year, we look forward to teaching even more students about the future of electricity.
Last year, we participated in several fairs.
In March, we participated at the Energy Storage Europe 2018 Fair in Düsseldorf, where we came home with a large share of new and old professional connections.
Later in the year, we participated at the Data Centre World 2018 Fair, which expanded our horizon and knowledge of data centres, backup and UPS systems, etc.
On our last fair of 2018, we were accompanied by Contour Advanced Systems BV at the NIDV Exhibition in the Netherlands, where we too brought home new and interesting contacts.
Earlier in the year, we also participated in Lab Vlieland’s fossil-free trade mission in the Netherlands with 14 other sustainable start-ups and Danish Minister of Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.
Last fall, we gained a new investor in Enemærket Holding Aps owned by Jesper Andersen. We are honoured by Jesper’s choice to invest in us and cannot wait to continue this collaboration in 2019.
On top of this, we were in 2018 granted funds from the EU to start our own “Rethink Business” Project. This project will enable our customers to benefit from a more circular economy and we are hard at work to realise this goal.
In 2018, we chose to sponsor 49erFX sailors Ida and Marie once again. We hope to help the girls in reaching their goal to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Last fall, we were invited to try one of their boats, where the entire VisBlue Team got a taste of how difficult (and fun!) it is to sail a 49erFX.
2018 became the year where we traded in our old workshop to one with more than double the space. This choice has already shown itself useful, as we have been working on many systems throughout 2018.
In the beginning of last year, we were attributed with the recognition of the U. Porto Spin-off seal. The Engineering Faculty at the University of Porto has been and is continuously a strong support in the further growth of VisBlue. We are grateful to have this grand support.
In 2018, we expanded our website and launched a German version of it. We look forward to meeting the needs of our German customers in 2019 with this launch.
2018 proved to be an exhilarating year for VisBlue and we are more than grateful for every experience we have gained along the way.
In 2019, you can meet us at the Energy Storage Europe 2019 Fair, along with the Electrical Energy Storage 2019 Fair in Munich.
We cannot wait to see what 2019 will bring.