SONNET wins Energy Hack NL and €4000!

SONNET wins Energy Hack NL and €4000!

Last weekend during the Energy Hack NL, more than 70 contestants and experts developed innovative prototypes and apps in just 48 hours. They made use of exclusively offered (realtime) data and technologies. The results are aimed at the challenge: how to achieve a 100% sustainable, reliable and affordable energy provision in the Netherlands. Organisers Enpuls, Enexis Netbeheer and startup incubator UtrechtInc proudly present the winning teams and their ideas.

First prize: SONNET – €4000

SONNET is the smart forecasting tool of team Granny Heckle (anagram Energy Hack NL!). Through realtime visualisations and graphs, SONNET can predict where in a specific area, an increase of solar panels can be expected. Additionally the tool shows the effect of the extra energy on the grid. With this information grid operators can invest smartly and efficiently in their infrastructure and start plotting scenarios. Team Granny Heckle also excelled in technique by combining satellite data, demographic data, and many other technologies in one innovative model.

Second prize: evHIVE – €2000

evHIVE is an open platform for drivers of electric vehicles. With a mobile app users get access to a (priority) route with the smartest and fastest charging points. The smart technology behind this platform will encourage users to charge their vehicles on flexible times. This means the peaks on the energy grid will decrease whereas the lows will be filled up. As a result grid operators can better utilize the energy grid.

Third prize: Unicorn – €1000

The scenario planner of Unicorn mainly focuses on the demand and offer of energy in the form of heat. Heatmaps show in which local areas, for instance in the region of Den Bosch, there is a big surplus or shortage of heat energy. The tool can support sustainable area development by placing potential heat suppliers, such as industrial companies, in areas with a high demand.

A bonus prize went out to ‘Good Pelican’, who uses gamification to reward electric car drivers for flexible charging behaviour. The teams wins access to an ‘Acceleration Building Block’ of World Startup Factory.

Henk Visser, director of Enpuls and chair of the jury during the hackathon, was enthusiastic about all the teams: “It was a very inspiring hackathon. Unbelievable how much energy is left in these teams, even after 48 hours of brainstorming and creating. The idea of the winner SONNET has a lot of potential. It can grow into a valuable tool that will truly support the challenges within the energy transition.”

Hackathon: from data to application

A hackathon is not just a tool to generate ideas. Complementary teams, with expertise in for instance software development, data science, innovation, marketing and design, create a working prototype or a so called ‘proof of concept’.

Therefore the organisation of the Energy Hack NL chose a unique approach: offering the most relevant (open) data sets, APIs and technologies linked to a geographical area. De city of Eindhoven was used as a digital testing environment, with information about the exact infrastructure of the energy grid, the current power through the cables and a prognosis atlas of electric transportation. Teams could go all out with visualisations, transformations and smart connections.

Partners in the Energy Transition

Not only  for the participants it’s important to complement each other. Also in the collaboration between the partners, reinforcement and diversity are essential. The partners do have one thing in common though. Just like Enpuls and Enexis Netbeheer they feel the need to get into action for the Energy Transition!

Next to the initiators, Microsoft, TNO, Flexiblepower Alliance Network, Github, BetterCodeHub, Esri, Stedin and Over Morgen, were strongly involved with supplying expertise, data and technology. Some of them also gave workshops during the hackathon: ranging from data instructions workshops to a Business Model training and Pitching class. Furthermore there was great support with the scouting of talents for this hackathon: TU Eindhoven, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Municipality of Eindhoven, Province of North-Brabant, JADS, TKI Urban Energy, Climate-KIC and TU Delft.

“For FAN and TNO, it was very valuable to see how dedicated the Smart Energy Changers were, and that we were able to help them fast forward by pointing them to knowledge, insights, data, and tools to make tomorrow’s energy system happen.’’ says Adriaan van Eck (Flexiblepower Alliance Network).

The teams, organisers and partners look back at a fantastic and innovating weekend. Quietly they’re already thinking about the next step: exploring opportunities to continue development of this hackathon’s products!


Enpuls and Enexis Netbeheer
Bob Winckels, press officer Enexis Group

Mare Derks, Marketing & PR UtrechtInc