Enerthing was founded in 2016 by Dr. Michael Niggemann with the mission to solve the growing challenge of powering the fast-growing number of IoT devices. A future with billions of connected IoT devices constrained in performance by primary batteries which need replacing did call for an alternative solution. The starting point for founding Enerthing was the identified growing need of a scalable, economical and sustainable energy supply for the IoT world combined with the deep technical knowledge about next generation organic photovoltaic technology with its excellent suitability for low light and indoor light energy harvesting.
Starting with support from angel investors, Enerthing is proud to have competent and supporting investors, i.e. Fraunhofer, NRW Bank and Energie 360° Innovationsfonds on board.
Since 2016 Enerthing has grown to an interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, software developers and business experts. We have moved from R&D labs at COPT centre in Cologne to our production site in Leverkusen where we have set up production machines for our proprietary photovoltaic technology. In close collaboration with our partners and customers, we have developed new solutions for asset tracking, indoor navigation and sensing in buildings. We have gained external recognition by winning the Next Economy Award 2018. Recently, we were nominated for the Handelsblatt Energy Awards 2020.
By leaving battery constrained and cable tied IoT behind, Enerthing’s mission is to develop truly scalable, high performance IoT solutions which enable new services and business models in a sustainable way.
Michael Niggemann started Enerthing in 2016 as a founding director. In his CEO role, he contributes as member to the management to the company strategy and coordinates the needs of the investors, board members and employees and in particular the needs of Enerthing’s customers.
Before founding Enerthing he was CTO and managing director of a high-tech start-up in Cambridge, UK. Before moving to the UK, Michael was head of a Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany.
The development of sustainable Technologies with a strong customer focus excites and motivates him. This principle is central throughout his professional career.
Dr. Christian Haase is Enerthing`s Senior Manager in charge of the sales- & partner network since 2017. He started his 15-year career in photovoltaics with a doctoral thesis in physics in thin-film silicon solar cells at research center Jülich.
Working for Bosch Solar he further developed the CIGS Solar Technology, scaled up volume production processes and planned a Gigawattfab. He spent a few years in the laser business with a focus on automotive and scientific sales, enjoyed further qualifications as Patent engineer and in NLP, and returned to photovoltaics challenged by the strong growth in the IoT business.
Dr. Martin Lenze joined Enerthing in 2016. Within the management team he contributes as Senior Scientist to the development and upscaling of efficient photovoltaic modules.
After his diploma in chemistry and subsequent PhD study in physical chemistry at the University of Cologne he worked at the Center for Organic Production Technologies (COPT). He provides over 10 years of experience in the field of organic- and perovskite-based photovoltaics.