- Octopus Energy Groups Kraken joins forces with Kwest
- Integration of Kwest’s tech into Kraken will further boost operational efficiency for heat pump, smart meter and solar installations
- Move will see Kraken open up a new tech hub in Berlin
Kraken, the tech arm of global energy and technology group Octopus Energy, today announces the acquisition of Berlin-based tech start-up Kwest.
Adding Kwest’s leading workflow platform to Kraken’s tech stack will unlock smoother installations of clean technologies such as heat pumps and smart meters across Germany, the UK and Octopus’ other markets, significantly increasing operational efficiency. The move will see Kwest’s seven-strong team join Kraken’s global team. It will also see Kraken open up its first development hub in Berlin.
Kwest was founded by Robin Dechant, Marco Holst, and Constantin Ehrensberger and backed by renowned investors including SpeedInvest. Its software platform enables energy installation businesses to streamline and automate operational processes at a fraction of the time of traditional solutions.
Since launching to the market eight years ago, Kraken has taken the global energy industry by storm. The deep-tech platform underpins the entire energy value chain – from generation to billing – allowing for in-depth analytics, real time monitoring and optimisation and management of energy devices, such as heat pumps and electric cars. It enables companies to greatly improve efficiency, helping to meet important climate targets. It is now contracted to manage more than 54 million accounts globally through deals with energy giants including Octopus Energy, EDF, EON and Tokyo Gas as well as water and broadband utilities.
Octopus has quickly expanded its green energy activities in Germany over the past years, helping drive the uptake of renewables and cleantech across the country. It has invested in eight renewables projects, launched innovative products such as its groundbreaking ‘Fan Club’ tariff and its public car charging platform ‘Octopus Electroverse’ and is rolling out heat pumps nationwide.
Germany is now the Group’s second largest market, with its Octopus Energy brand supplying 300,000 households across the country following the acquisition of Shell Energy Retail. Octopus was recently recognized by Focus Money as the energy company with the best customer service in Germany.
Greg Jackson, Founder of Octopus Energy Group, comments: “Cutting-edge energy technology like Kraken is going to be the key driver of a cheaper, greener future, and our only chance at hitting important net zero targets. Kraken currently works across 12 European countries, with 54 million contracted accounts around the globe. With Kwest’s team and platform added to the stack we will now be able to supercharge the installation of clean, green home energy tech across the world.”