Edf, the French energy giant, has decided to acquire a minority stake in Enerbrain, the Turin-based company that has developed a software and hardware solution that automatically and intelligently manages and controls any type of building, in order to contribute to savings energy, the reduction of CO2 emissions, the improvement of the air quality of the environments.
«We remain independent and autonomous – explains Giuseppe Giordano, CEO of the company founded in 2015 with Filippo Ferraris and Marco Martellacci -. This new investment round will allow us to strengthen the internationalization of our solutions that allow us to achieve the ESG objectives of sustainability and digital transformation, further aligning with the requirements of the Green New Deal ».
The virtuous model to be exported is the one created in Turin, where Enerbrain has completed a redevelopment plan wanted by the Municipality on 90 public buildings. The result? «In addition to the reduction of bills, also to the saving of 1400 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to 100 thousand trees. An important result if we take into account there are 110,000 trees in the city ».
Enerbrain was born in 2015. “Four of us started – they say – thinking of an industrial plan with a strong vocation towards foreign markets and this choice is certainly the basis of our ability to attract investments also from abroad”.
Since then the company has grown, operates in 13 countries and in addition to Turin has offices in Japan and Dubai, born from two different joint ventures. “We will now open an office in Paris, continuing to develop partnerships with global and regional market players”. Investors seem to like this choice. In addition to Edf, in fact, Iren, Equiter (investor and financial advisor in infrastructures and innovation participated by Compagnia di San Paolo, by the Cassa di Risparmio di Torino and Cuneo foundations and by Intesa Sanpaolo) also acquired a minority stake. And then Azimut, one of the leading independent groups in Europe in the asset management sector, and Gellify, an innovation platform that connects innovative B2B start-ups with traditional companies.
The engines of the company’s growth were research and development, which allowed “our offer to be used to the best both in small public schools but also in large airports, shopping centers, offices and production plants”. Part of the new resources will be used to develop new business models that look to distribution networks and reach energy communities.