The Dusseldorf, Germany-based ENTRADE Group said on Wednesday that it is buying Agnion Energy. The current owners of Agnion Energy are Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Wellington Partners, Munich Venture Partners and Waste Management. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Pfaffenhofen, Bavaria, with a branch in Bolzano, Agnion is a heating and electricity supplier.
DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
The ENTRADE Group is buying all the shares in Agnion Energy Inc. from their existing owners. These are three international venture capital companies and the largest US corporation in the waste management field, which are withdrawing from their investment after the initial phase in which the technology company was founded and built up. After restructuring operations have been completed Agnion Energy will be integrated into Entrade Energiesysteme AG.
In May 2013 ENTRADE reached an agreement to acquire the shares held by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Wellington Partners, Munich Venture Partners and Waste Management, which had previously together invested €35 million in the start-up company. It was also agreed that the purchase price would remain confidential.
Agnion is a leading supplier in the field of generating electricity and heating from solid biomass. The company has its head office in Pfaffenhofen, Bavaria, with a branch in Bolzano. The core technology involved was devised 10 years ago at the Technical University of Munich, and then developed for the market as the ‘Heatpipe Reformer’ (HPR) by Agnion together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Karl, Professor of Energy Process Engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and his team. The product enjoys all-round protection from more than 30 patents.
Technology transfer and synergies in wood gasification
Explaining the benefits provided by the process Julien Uhlig , CEO of ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG, states: “For the first time the technology developed by Agnion enables biomethane to be generated from solid biomass and then to be fed into the natural gas grid,” adding: “We expect it to offer us technology transfer and synergies with our own production engineering for the decentral generation of electricity and heating on the basis of biomass, selected raw materials and waste.”
Currently the company has concrete plans for more than 20 locations in Germany and Italy.
For more information please see http://www.entrade.de.