InterviewClimate protection investments: “We are simply way too slow”

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This is a clear announcement on the website of the energy service provider Kaiserwetter: “Max 1.5 degrees Celsius – Let’s FCKNG get there.” “The 2015 climate agreement formulates the goal that the global average temperature should only rise by a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. That is why the emissions of climate-damaging substances such as carbon dioxide must be limited. How the Hamburg energy service provider Kaiserwetter wants to make its contribution using artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things is explained in the interview with founder and boss Hanno Schoklitsch.

Hanno Schoklitsch

Schoklitsch founded Kaiserwetter in 2012, “in the middle of the wild time of the energy transition”, as he jokes in retrospect. Before that, the graduate civil engineer worked in the financial sector and among other things managed the money of numerous private investors, namely from 2005 to 2007 as manager of the open real estate fund “Deka Immobilien Europa” with a volume of almost 8 billion euros at the time. He sees little difference between real estate and renewable energy systems. “Both are long-term investments and it’s about the maximum return for the investor.”

With Kaiserwetter he now wants to “accelerate the push into renewable energies”. This can already be observed occasionally, but “not yet nationwide”. In particular, he struggles with the implementation of the 1.5 percent target. “We are simply far too slow and are still fighting the old world.” The Paris climate target “can only be achieved through the global expansion of renewable energies. However, according to the World Bank, we will need around 1.5 trillion euros by 2030 for this in global investments in renewable energies. “

This means that growth in the renewable energies asset class – especially wind and solar energy – is likely to continue, into which many institutional investors are already shifting their funds. “ is a key driver of the transformation to emission-free energy generation. Investors are very consciously going in this direction, ”says Schoklitsch. In his estimation, however, significant global investments in renewable energies will only be made “if the investment risks are minimized and the returns are maximized”. Furthermore, “the highest standards of transparency must be achieved – especially when it comes to investments in emerging markets.”

This is where Kaiserwetter comes in with its products, some of which are coupled with SAP software. They are designed to help investors make decisions about investing in renewable energy. “Our customers ask themselves whether they should invest in a system or not,” explains Schoklitsch. “And when you have invested, you want to maximize your return.” The Kaiserwetter tools rely on artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. While there is still more discussion about the refrigerator connected to the Internet, this has long been a reality for wind turbines. “We open up our eyes to what can be done with data,” says Schoklitsch. “We use all technical data from the operational system, for example from the oil temperature to power generation in the case of a wind turbine.” The results are not only important for investors, but also for banks that finance a wind turbine with loans.

And what about increased efficiency? Schoklitsch speaks of three to five percent more electricity that a wind turbine or solar park can generate if imperial weather tools with names like Aristotle or Zulu are used. Every additional kilowatt of wind power reduces the need for fossil energy – and brings mankind “a little closer to the Paris climate target”.

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