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Christoph Berger
vilisto GmbH

In order to make your technology understandable, it is important to describe it well in few words. We have asked some of our key innovators for a short interview.

What is the key technology of vilisto?

vilisto’s digital heat management enables companies and municipalities to effortlessly save up to 32% of heating energy. The self-learning and fully automated radiator thermostats are based on presence detection, learning algorithms and room climate sensors that maximize savings potentials and optimize user convenience, since users are not required to change their behavior. While the thermostats control the individual room temperatures fully automated and demand-based, the connected web portal allows for a central as well as efficient management of property portfolios. Therefore, vilisto’s digital heat management constitutes a feasible solution to so-called “free-rider problem”, transforming the way energy is consumed, while reducing CO2 emissions significantly.

Why should it be considered ‚high-impact‘ and where do you believe to have the largest growth in the next five years?

Buildings account for about 30% of the energy consumed globally, while in Europe heat consumption comprises the largest share to some extent with more than 70%. However, through comparatively low investment costs and the elimination of the rebound-effect, vilisto’s digital heat management enables customers to save up to 32% of heating energy.

Nevertheless, vilisto’s objective is to realize positive change on a big scale. Throughout Europe there are about 70 Mio. radiators in non-residential buildings, which leverages immense potential to save more than 20 Mio. t CO2 emissions. Therefore, vilisto’s digital heat management solution demonstrates an essential path that realizes both – the ecological and economic dimension of a sustainable energy transition.

What kind of support would you need to massively scale the technology?

he massive scaling of vilisto’s digital heat management requires a comprehensive digital as well as IoT-ready infrastructures in existing non-residential buildings, especially in the public sector. In addition, our climate mission requires an adequate cost of energy, in which externalities such as environmental aspects are clearly accounted for.

Furthermore, vilisto’s scaling potential could be boosted by solving the real estate’s user-investor dilemma. In general, landlords do not have an incentive to invest in energy efficiency, since they do not benefit from it directly. In contrast, the tenants are often not allowed to replace existing hardware by terms of lease, even though they would benefit from a decrease of energy consumption, which directly translates into a reduction of energy costs and carbon emissions.