OVO, the UK’s leading greentech company, has announced a strategic investment from Mitsubishi Corporation for a 20% stake in the business.
OVO will use the proceeds of Mitsubishi Corporation’s strategic investment to expand into new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific and accelerate the development of its intelligent energy technologies unit, Kaluza. This new division within the OVO portfolio develops and manages software and hardware to support the integration of EVs and dynamic battery storage onto the grid.
OVO was founded by CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick in 2009 to disrupt the UK energy market with a new proposition – cheaper, greener and simpler energy. The business has grown rapidly over the past decade to become the largest UK independent energy supplier with over 1.5 million customers. Expanding into smart home services and investing heavily in new technologies including energy storage and electric vehicle charging, the company launched the world’s first domestic vehicle-to-grid charger for electric vehicles last year.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder and CEO of OVO, said: “Transitioning away from fossil fuels is the biggest challenge we face in the 21st Century. The costs of EVs, battery storage and wind and solar power have fallen dramatically in recent years, but it’s becoming increasingly complex to integrate them onto the grid. To succeed, we will need to develop new technology and redesign the energy system around the customer. We want to be at the forefront of that global, tech-enabled transition to a zero carbon energy system. This investment from Mitsubishi Corporation will help us get there.”