Younicos Joins Team Aggreko

03 Jul 2017

We are excited to announce that Younicos has been acquired by Aggreko for $52.7 million (£40 million). This acquisition strengthens our position as global energy markets continue to evolve, and is in line with Aggreko’s strategy to invest in technology to reduce the cost of energy for their customers. 

Younicos delivers smart energy solutions integrating battery storage, which are modular and scalable. Our knowledge of batteries, combined with control systems, enables the seamless integration and management of all forms of power – including renewable, thermal and battery energy resources. This is becoming critical in an increasingly distributed energy market.

Global energy markets are changing: decarbonizing and becoming more decentralized and digital. As renewables penetration increases, intermittency becomes a more difficult issue to manage across grid systems. Integration and control of renewable, thermal, and battery systems will be increasingly required to ensure that power stability and reliability are maintained. Off-grid energy solutions are ever more integrating renewable generation, while industrial and commercial customers are also taking advantage of opportunities for renewables integration and demand-side management.

The capabilities brought by Younicos, leveraged through Aggreko’s global footprint and experience in distributed power generation, are compelling. The Younicos integration and control systems, combined with batteries, can be deployed across Aggreko’s existing business to lower the cost of energy, ensure reliability and reduce carbon emissions for customers around the world.

Younicos has invested heavily in R&D since it was founded in 2005. It is based in Germany and the USA and has over 150 MW of installed storage systems, with an additional 50 MW under construction across both developed and emerging markets. Our CEO, Stephen L. Prince, will report directly to Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive.

For the calendar year 2016, Younicos had revenues of $9.2 million (£7 million) and made an operating loss of $19.8 million (£15 million); gross assets at 31 December 2016 were $26.3 million (£20 million). The company expects to be loss making in the short term, and therefore earnings dilutive. The investment will be made in cash.

Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive, said: “As energy markets continue to decarbonize, decentralize and become more digital, the integration and control of multiple energy sources, including thermal and renewable, will be essential to ensure the provision of reliable power. As a pioneer of smart energy solutions based on battery storage, Younicos is at the forefront of this trend. Together we are a powerful combination; our scale, fleet and global presence, coupled with a smart energy capability, will allow us to open new markets and provide our customers around the world with a reliable, cheaper and cleaner source of energy.”

Stephen L. Prince, Younicos Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be joining with a market-leading power provider in Aggreko. Batteries are an economically attractive and reliable asset which will play an increasing role as we transition from today’s energy market to the energy market of the future. Integration and management of multiple distributed energy sources will be necessary to optimize energy systems and provide customers with greater stability at a lower economic and environmental cost.”

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