Danish tech startup Sunmapper sells its technology to fast growing solar platform Otovo.

(Oslo): Otovo has acquired Sunmapper’s Photovoltaic Irradiation and Surface Calculation software - Sunmapper PISC - including IP transfer with perpetual and universal usage rights, for an undisclosed amount.

The technology enables Otovo to ingest 3D surface point clouds generated with laser imaging (LiDAR), satellite imagery and stereographic reconstructed models, returning solar irradiation and individual roof surfaces for PV planning.

Best prices for solar panels

These advanced capabilities allow Otovo to make precise offers to homeowners looking to go solar using the best available prices and terms on Otovo's marketplace of solar installers.

Otovo makes offers to homeowners looking to go solar using the best prices and terms on marketplace of solar installers.
Sunmapper PISC technology creates a shade and light representation while identifying buildings, terrain and objects. Here shown from Fuglekvarteret neighborhood in Copenhagen.

Sunmapper’s technology was developed based on research from universities in Australia, USA and China and in cooperation with several Danish municipalities from 2015 onward.

The technology has since been in use on sunmapper.dk, a service where Danes can browse rooftops on every building in the country and get results on how much solar power can be produced there.

- We are always looking for ways to give our customers an easier journey, so we are proud to add these advanced capabilities to our tech stack. With Sunmapper PISC we will be able to give European homeowners the absolutely simplest way to go solar, including really precise results tailored specifically to the shape and shades on their roof, says Simen F. Jørgensen, CPO at Otovo.

Storing clean and cheap energy

Otovo is a Norway based solar technology and sales platform focused on the residential market in Europe. The company is the leading cross-Scandinavian supplier of rooftop solar systems to homeowners and operates a network of installers across the region. Otovo’s mission is to make every homeowner capable of making and storing her own clean and cheap energy.

Sunmapper uses machine learning to find roof surfaces
It is our vision to simplify purchasing solar panels for households and speed up the transition towards sustainability.
- It has always been our vision to simplify the purchase decision in solar for residential households and accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable future. I am proud to hand over the many hours of work we’ve put into our software to a great company like Otovo. With Otovo and their platform, the Sunmapper PISC software will be able to contribute to a substantial number of new solar energy instalments, says Maxim Khomiakov, CEO at Sunmapper.
- At present we cover roughly 8 million buildings in Scandinavia with this technology and available datasets. These figures may very quickly be expanded for global coverage, says Khomiakov.

Otovo was started in 2016 by software entrepreneur Simen Jørgensen, Schibsted executive Andreas Thorsheim, Circle K and Statoil F&R executive Lars Syse Christiansen and the former REC technology director Andreas Bentzen.

The Otovo platform connects homeowners with installer companies. Installers input prices and geographical coverage while Otovo acts a marketplace in which their bids are algorithmically placed on the homeowner's project.

The company has raised approximately NOK 100m in funding to date in rounds led by Agder Energi Ventures and Akershus Energi.

With offices in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden, Otovo employs 30 people and hundreds of installer third party contractors.

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