We’re at a special moment in history: the transition twenties. We realize what we knew deep down, we can’t continue to live out of balance with nature. We have to tackle climate change and bring a stop to pollution. This decade, the world will get a vital push towards sustainability. From this moment on, our energy supply will only become cleaner. It’s not so clear, however, how fast this will happen or who will be in charge.
For as long as we can remember, we rely on energy from large corporations and fuels imported from countries far-away. We had little influence on the source of our electricity or the price we paid. This is fundamentally changing, right now. We can create a world where we are co-creating a fresh, clean and responsible energy ecosystem. And do it on our terms.
The electric vehicle can boost the transition towards a cleaner and more autonomous energy grid. Driving an EV is already cleaner, and you can add to that by consuming more locally generated renewable energy, such as solar from your own roof. Because the sun only shines during the day, careful planning of the session helps maintain a balance on the grid and increase the returns from solar and wind projects.
You won’t magically get back in control of your own energy. We develop the technology that offers the information to know what energy you’re charging, and the controls to determine how much and when you charge.
To realize the right solutions, we need all parties to be independent but connected. You determine and communicate your flexibility and energy you need or supply. We need organizations that are transparent and open to your input. Stekker.app is such an organization that allows you to choose, sustainably, and get rewarded for it. Also, we value your input and incorporate it in our solution. Together, we are driving the transition.
Maintaining a power grid that can handle our peak loads is expensive. In the end, these costs end up on our electricity bills. We can reduce those peaks by suspending charging when the grid is being stressed and save costs that otherwise need to be invested in the grid. By better matching consumption to the renewable energy supply, we reduce the amount of fossil energy that we still have to generate. Because energy isn’t valuable when it’s not being utilized, renewable energy producers often don’t get good prices and sometimes need to pay to produce electricity or shut down production. We believe this is wasteful and silly, this surplus of energy could be used to charge your vehicle! With Stekker.app you enable this cleaner power to be used, so you don’t have to charge from a more fossil-based energy supply at a later point in time.
Stekker.app connects you to the energy system of the future. We do this through complex algorithms that deal with probabilities and expectations. We combine forecasts of the energy market and solar power generation with information from the charger and/or vehicle and from utilities. As a user, you don’t need to know what happens under the hood, although we’re more than happy to explain. To be able to use it, all you need to know is how much energy you need, and by when you need it.
He’s been deeply passionate about technology for as long as he can remember. That’s an undeniable fact about Erik de Bruijn. Who else would place a chip under his skin? Still, it isn’t about technology for technology’s sake. What drives him is to develop solutions that enable people to contribute to a better world. This was the case when he developed 3D printers for the company Ultimaker, of which he’s one of the co-founders. Today Ultimaker is the global market leader in desktop 3D printing. Now, the same applies for Stekker.app. Driving his electric vehicle since 2013 and harvesting his own solar power since 2015, he wanted to be able to charge at the best times possible. Because there was no application available for this, he developed one himself. Much later, together with Jankees van Woezik, he founded Stekker.app and developed the idea into a service, so anyone can use it. With their company, the primary goal isn’t profits, but to maximize our positive impact. But first we start small and create a great, compelling services that adds value. We want to ensure it’s attractive for anyone to use, not just technology minded people.”
Freedom. That’s what drive’s Jankees van Woezik. He likes to be the one to decide what to spend his valuable time on. This is of such importance, that being self-employed is the only option. This is why he started freelancing in IT after his education at the St. Joost academy of arts in Breda, the Netherlands. Born from his own need he developed Timi, a time tracking tool for freelancers. While working on a project for the 3D-printer company Ultimaker, he worked with Erik de Bruijn and they hit it off right away. This was the basis for the collaboration on Stekker.app, which they co-founded. “I prefer to work on products and services that are meaningful to people and our society at large. I really enjoy solving such a puzzle piece by piece. I want to love what I do and do what I love to do, work included.”