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Electraseed Fund for Digital Energy Assets

Accelerate clean energy access at digital pace and scale.

COMPANY NAME: Freeelio UG

APPLICANT NAME: Sebnem Rusitschka

TEAM COMPOSITION: People from one or two legal entities

WEBSITE: https://www.freeel.io/offer/electraseed-fund

PROJECT SECTOR: [“Economy”,“Energy & sustainability”,“Open Innovation”]

CORE TECHNOLOGIES: [“Blockchain technologies”,“Distributed ledger technologies”,“Peer to peer technologies”,“Artificial intelligence”,“Internet of things”]


PROJECT BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Freeelio develops the Electraseed Fund: a platform for (re-) finance of clean energy projects. The platform allows investments in digital representation of value streams stemming from clean energy projects, what we refer to as Digital Energy Assets (DEA). In other words, a match making platform for investments & Digital Energy Assets.

The goal of the Electraseed Fund is to accelerate clean energy access.The ambition is to reduce cost of capital for social entrepreneurs bringing clean energy in developing countries, enable digital configuration of complex contracts, provide attractive investment opportunities into clean energy assets with high risk transparency & well-balanced economic, social & environmental ROI. The Electraseed Fund should reduce asset management costs and enable investors to simple monitor and report financial assets performance and trace the created investment impact.

Suitable partners for the Electraseed Fund pilot pool have already been selected. The pilot pool consists out of four projects: a solar microgrid in Bangladesh, solar mini grid in Mali, greenfield solar in Germany & tenant solar in Germany.

BUSINESS MARKET

Clean Energy Access Markets are the key target markets of the Electraseed Fund. These markets show clear political & commercial ambitions to fulfill electricity demand through clean energy sources.

The current annual investment volumes for clean electricity access were estimated to be 30.2 $ bn in 2016 for 20 high-impact countries, whereas overall global investments in clean energy were estimated to be $332.1 bn in 2018.

Investors are in particular attracted by clean energy projects, as the competitiveness to conventional technologies is rising, due to continuous falling investments costs. The Electraseed Fund aims to play a key role in this trends, by using data-driven methods to (re)finance proven clean energy projects. EF aims to support the growth of energy investments under environmental, social and governance principles - which are currently (2017) around $22 trillion assets under management.

BUSINESS MODEL

The Electraseed Fund is the first commercial application based upon the open source Digital Energy Asset framework, which should reduces market entrance barriers for new participants (such as prosumers). Electraseed Fund “Pilot Pool” is a dynamic modelled which is patented.

Each ecosystem member of the Digital Energy Assets framework (e.g. Freeelio, EF) is built around a smart contract that does the actual coordination. The incentives of the individuals & organizations maintaining & developing the framework are aligned by means of revenue share generated by applications such as the Electraseed Fund. The revenue stream of the Electraseed Fund stem from :

Platform onboarding → one-time payment

Management fee → per investment (3%)

Asset monitoring services → Subscription fee

Autonomos customizable Investment structure → pay per use

Impact certification → one-time payment & pay per use

Market intelligence → one-time payment

TEAM EXPERIENCE

Sebnem worked at Siemens on Decentralized Energy Platforms since 2008, managing intl., multi-disciplinary projects. She founded Freeelio as an open R&D collective in 2016 and is a founding member of the Bundesblock since 2017. Armin joined Freeelio after an internship at UNIDO. He holds a M.Sc. in Energy Systems (2018) and gathered experiences with innovative sustainable energy solutions since 2012. He is in charge of Electraseed Fund (EF) production. Marie brings 12 years of corporate law and management experience in Energy Exchange Sector. She is a French Lawyer counselling EF wrt. the new PACTE Law for digital asset service providers. Joaquim joined in 2018 with his 15 years as SW Dev & Architecture in FinTech & Blockchain. Julian is a SW Engineer who started his own SW business at the age of 14. Torsten, Kalle, and Alain are executive producers of EF, w/ each over 20 yrs of entrepreneurship in FinTech, Solar Sector & Sustainability respectively.

FUNDING NEEDS

We will implement an MVP “Impact Investor Dashboard” that outlines the Digital Energy Asset (DEA) standard and its use in the Electraseed Fund pilot pool of clean energy projects. We will integrate Secure Elements of Riddle & Code with physical energy assets: smart mini-, microgrid, solar park, and solar social housing. We will design a Ricardian Contract Logic for DEA configurations and prototype in Zenroom. Design and prototype the UX for impact investors and asset owner/operators.

STRATEGY AND SCALABILITY

For off-grid energy systems in developing countries, the EF foremost relies on the benefits of financial pooling with cleantech asset in developed countries, to create equitable funding conditions off-grid regions. Thus, de-risking investments through enhanced transparency and aggregation of small-scale assets. In return, cleantech assets in developing countries help to attract impact investors in the target markets in developed countries by offering a high social & environmental return. For the scaling of renewable energy communities in developed countries, EF concentrates on Europe due to the large existing relevance & support for energy cooperatives. The EU Renewable Energy Directive II empowers decentralized, small-scale energy asset owners to actively participate in the market. EF focuses on these new market participants to achieve scale. Based on an open source framework, clean energy developers can autonomously digitize the value streams of their projects. The vast network of cleantech asset partners, executive producers, promoters, R&D community, Bundesblock, INATBA is our channel.