Differ's solutions reach across the distributed electricity value chain. We are continuously looking for interesting technology and implementation ideas that could make a difference, reduce the carbon footprint and create profits in small- and medium scale new electricity markets.
Our focus is on well-tested and established technologies applied in areas such as electricity generation using renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and waste management.
We work together with our portfolio company, and we develop own concepts. In a world of small renewable energy, scalability is important for lowering end-user costs, increasing profitability and overall social and environmental benefits. We do not invest in single projects unless they are instrumental for other solutions in our portfolio.
BALANCE OF STORAGE SYSTEMS
BOS AG aims at becoming the leading company in decentralised energy supply with a focus on Li-Pb (lithium-lead) hybrid charging technology that supports intelligent load management.
The key markets are located in rural and semi-urban areas of the world with insufficient access to modern energy services, as well as market segments in industrialized countries that require decentralized power supply (e.g. street infrastructure, offshore, mobile entities, holiday homes and other remote locations). Storage costs per kWh with BOS' proprietary hybrid battery management systems are up to eight times cheaper than with other storage technologies. Combined with intelligent load management, the energy service for the customer is more than ten times more attractive.
BOS delivers energy storage systems, DC grid technology, lithium extension batteries in addition to DC hybrid storage systems, with customers in Europe, Africa, India and South America.
VITALITE Zambia was established 2014 by Differ and local partners in Zambia. It sells appropriate, affordable and acceptable household energy products to low-income customers while giving the best possible service.
Vitalite is a successful player in the Zambian market for solar home systems, with more than 20.000 SHS sold over the past few years. The company is hardware agnostic, and is integrated with PayGo software to operate a cashless operation. Over the past year, Vitalite has also included agricultural products in their portfolio to diversify from solar home systems alone.
Finally, Vitalite Zambia distributed and sold Prime cookstoves, as well as wood fuel sourced from existing sources of sustainably harvested biomass. The company's goal is to deliver clean energy solutions at prices affordable for peri-urban and urban poor without subsidies.
High quality pico system producer
High quality Pico-Solar-Home-Systems for light generation, phone charging, powering of radios and TVs are of main interest to Fosera. These systems are typically used in rural areas to give independent access to modern energy. Special features of the products consist of Li-Battery technology, ultra-efficient LEDs and the modular system design, which allows the system to grow with the demand of the user. Fosera was founded in 2011, its headoffice beeing located near Ulm, Germany, while subsidiaries have opened all around the world.
Company web-site: http://fosera.com/
Breathe clean air
Airmine develops hardware and software that reduce the negative impact of air pollution on individuals, by enabling people to make changes in their everyday life.
Airmine develops hardware with sensor technology for use with air pollution and air quality, and combines this with cloud based models to produce individual forecasts.
Airmine was founded in 2018. They have strong competencies in environmental technologies and modeling – and a burning passion for creating great products that help users in their everyday life.
Floating solar parks
OceanSun's core innovation is a floating solar system based on rigid PV modules mounted on a hydroelastic membrane. The method enables lower cell operating temperatures by direct thermal contact with the waterbody. Systems can be built at a low capex and the best PV performance in the industry. Ocean Sun has an alliance with GCL System Integration on high-volume manufacturing of dual-glass modules adapted for the floating membrane.
Proprietary high-quality Solar Home System technology and Pay-Go integrated software
Brighterlite makes the transition to solar power appealing, by combining cutting edge technology, resourceful and motivated people and early-stage investments to develop long-term partnerships
Brighterlite’s technology is primarily focussed on underserved markets and rapidly growing economies in Africa and Asia. They provide the power of solar home systems, enabling everyone to improve their lives, build societies and secure a better future for all.
BL brings vital infrastructure, new services and products that stimulate progress, change and improvement. They engage the communities by bringing business, information and learning closer to home.
Off-grid outdoor lighting
COMMLIGHT’s products combine the latest development in efficient Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries with a proprietary algorithm for solar charging and state-of-the-art LED technology. Where outdoor lighting is connected to unreliable electric grids or beyond the grid, solar powered lighting is the solution. Applications are typically streets & walkways, social gathering points & market places, perimeter & security lighting, as well as properties, paring lots and bus stops. The COMMLIGHT products have performed tests worldwide and the solution is engineered to live on its own for many years with little or no maintenance needed.
The COMMLIGHT we know that solar energy is powerful enough, that combined with the right technology, it can light up the world also at night.
Company web-site: https://www.commlight.net/
Raising the bar in future silicon based battery production
Cenate is a Norwegian company focusing on producing a silicon-containing anode material to be directly used in today´s lithium ion battery value chain.
The company is a part of the Dynatec network with 130 employees.