Fort Collins nonprofit invests in German energy company

FORT COLLINS and BERLIN — Ferntech GmbH, a German company based in Berlin, has received an investment from Factor[e] Ventures, a Fort Collins nonprofit, to fuel the development of Ferntech’s microgrid monitoring and control platform. Size of the investment was not disclosed.

Factor[e] invests in organizations that provide sustainable energy in the developing world.

Ferntech’s technology allows electrical microgrid developers to connect components from any manufacturer, monitor multiple systems from a single dashboard and add smart behavior to their grids with visual programming tools. These features reduce the cost and complexity of deploying new microgrids and create possibilities in addressing global access to energy with off-grid and hybrid power systems.

“Current solutions for monitoring off-grid and hybrid power systems were missing a crucial component: the ability to act on the information being collected,” said Patrick Cousins, CEO of Ferntech. “Our platform gives operators that capacity, in turn helping ease the burden of maintenance costs and simplifying future deployments.”

Ferntech’s platform securely centralizes component data onto a single, web-based dashboard. System operators can view the status of their grids and take actions that improve performance and stability. Operators can easily change parameters of connected hardware, create their own control algorithms using Ferntech’s visual programming tool, or apply pre-loaded optimizations developed by Ferntech. Unlike other microgrid controllers — which are custom-built and accessible only to skilled programmers — Ferntech has embedded its expertise into a set of tools for the everyday operator. For example, Ferntech customers can remotely create status-based alerts for on-the-ground agents, enable productive use applications, or dispatch excess energy to other grids.

“Microgrid developers know what they want their grids to do, but don’t have the tools to turn those ideas into reality. Ferntech enables exactly that process,” said Dr. Morgan DeFoort, co-founder and managing principal of Factor[e] Ventures. “Our investment is based on the thesis that remote monitoring and control is foundational to the future of microgrids, and we’re confident that we’ve picked the best team to create that solution.”

Ferntech previously operated as Infinite Fingers GmbH.

FORT COLLINS and BERLIN — Ferntech GmbH, a German company based in Berlin, has received an investment from Factor[e] Ventures, a Fort Collins nonprofit, to fuel the development of Ferntech’s microgrid monitoring and control platform. Size of the investment was not disclosed.

Factor[e] invests in organizations that provide sustainable energy in the developing world.

Ferntech’s technology allows electrical microgrid developers to connect components from any manufacturer, monitor multiple systems from a single dashboard and add smart behavior to their grids with visual programming tools. These features reduce the cost and complexity of deploying new microgrids and create possibilities in addressing global access to energy with off-grid and hybrid power systems.

“Current solutions for monitoring off-grid and hybrid power systems were missing a crucial component: the ability to act on the information being collected,” said Patrick Cousins, CEO of Ferntech. “Our platform gives operators that capacity, in turn helping ease the burden of maintenance costs and simplifying future deployments.”

Ferntech’s platform securely centralizes component data onto a single, web-based dashboard. System operators can view the status of their grids and take actions that improve performance and stability. Operators can easily change parameters of connected hardware, create their own control algorithms using Ferntech’s visual programming tool, or apply pre-loaded optimizations developed by Ferntech. Unlike other microgrid controllers — which are custom-built and accessible only to skilled programmers — Ferntech has embedded its expertise into a set of tools for the everyday operator. For example, Ferntech customers can remotely create status-based alerts for on-the-ground agents, enable productive…