With employees from 17 different countries, you’ll be at ease at tiko no matter where you come from. Our working language is English, and our common culture is open-mindedness.
Head of Energy Services
Aby is our specialist for ancillary services and is responsible for the prequalification of our technology by TSOs. In his free time he enjoys reading historical fiction.
Head of Quality and Security
In charge of our security and the quality team, Ben's motto is "safety first." In his free time Ben loves exploring Europe at the wheel of his camper.
The deep diver
Berta loves to travel and discover the underwater world while diving. Besides travelling, her passions are art, fashion, and sports. A bit clumsy and often dropping things on the floor, when it comes to numbers she is always precise and accurate and enriches our finance team with her meticulous handling of numbers.
Chief Operations Officer
The Swiss Army Knife
Technology and climate change have always been important topics for Daniel, so he is in exactly the right place as tiko's COO where he ensures that our operations works smoothly at any time. Daniel spends most of his free time hiking or skiing with his family and he is always happy to share his extended knowledge of Swiss history.
Part of Enrique’s job is to understand the past and predict the future… To make it more mysterious, he expresses his forecasts only in numbers. In his free time, Enrique plays football and doesn’t hesitate to organize tournaments with our partners - and of course to celebrate with a good glass of wine, as a true Spaniard.
Eric’s job is to ensure the proper deployment of our solution in France, where tiko is present. He happily shares his expertise with local installers and partners alike. In his spare time Eric discovers the world through his long travels and photographs the beautiful nature around us.
The riddle maker
Etienne brings his passion to the HR team, along with his talent to deal with complex topics - which he loves solving with super complicated .xls files with funny names. In his free time, our HR-geek animates a monthly podcast and helps organising HR barcamps. He also likes reading French comics and watching sci-fi movies. Need a favor? Think of bribing him with some Haribos candies.
Automation and Test Engineer
Part of Federico's job is to make sure that our technology works seamlessly by investigating and testing it. Before coming to tiko, he helped to found a FabLab in Italy, where he liked to build things, such as a glorious cocktail machine.
Florent is our specialist in Python and Odoo. When he’s not leading our ERP Team, Florent likes swimming, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.
Co-founder & CEO
If Fred is not in the office, he’s probably travelling around Europe (by train, to reduce his CO2 impact) to see our clients, which gives him time to listen to symphonies. Always up to a challenge, his goal is to listen to all symphonies ever composed. He loves to spend his time reading and is truly passionate about wine. He hopes to one day invent a time machine, which would allow him to go back for more free time.
The puzzle solver
Giovanni is part of our tiko Italy team in Milan where he pursues his passion working with Haskell – if possible, all day long. As a Software Engineer, Giovanni loves challenges and solving puzzles. He is addicted to maté tea and brews as much as 3 litres a day in order to reach his required daily intake.
Senior Firmware Engineer
An important part of our hardware team, Gorka delights his co-workers with his Spanish accent and his big smile. In the office, you can often find him in the kitchen if a cake is around. In his free time, Gorka loves relaxing at home with his wife and cat.
Working both as Devops Engineer and as Front End Developer, Grégoire likes to be challenged on various topics where he can use his passion for docker technology. In his spare time, he enjoys photographing the nature, power lifting, and e- gaming .
Assistant GL / Logistic Manager
If you have a question - ask Henriette! She organises our logistics and is an expert on how tiko works because she has been part of it from the beginning. In her free time she loves hiking with her dog Ella. Sometimes her furry sidekick comes to the office, making everyone's day brighter.
Senior Financial Officer
Jens takes care of our financials and is also the corporate secretary of tiko. To the delight of his colleagues, he happily shares the cookies and sweets which can always be found on his desk. He likes to drive through Switzerland and Europe on his motorbike and enjoys good food and being in nature.
The football player
João’s infectious good mood always brings a smile to his colleagues’ faces. Having grown up in Lisbon, he loves to spend his time at the beach and enjoys having drinks while watching the sunset. Former football pro, he spends now his time hiking, running or enjoying the Swiss lakes.
Léo makes sure that our systems run smoothly at tiko. He is also our in-house dietician, despite a strong taste for weird, cheesy recipes. In his free time, Léo loves to go climbing and is always happy to bring some colleagues with him.
The Haskell Cabalist
Haskell, Haskell, Haskell! It is Lorenzo's passion and he happily programs all day long. In his spare time he likes to play the piano. He copes with his longing for spirituality by espousing fringe conspiracy theories, but so far he's heard no calling.
Automation and Test engineer
The Mystery Solver
When Lorenzo is not making our network more stable by investigating its inner layer, he entertains us by happily teaching us fun Italian sentences. In his spare time, he enjoys going to concerts and programming.
Help Desk Specialist
Luca takes care of our Italian- and French-speaking customers. In his free time, he likes to drive around on his Ducati and to exercise his creativity by designing his own tattoos.
Luca has been with tiko almost from its beginning and now is leading our backend team to new horizons. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains with his family.
Head of Product Development
As the leader of the product management team, Marc ensures that tiko’s products and solutions bring our strategy and vision to life and respect our high standards. In his spare time, he loves sailing catamarans and enjoys playing soccer and basketball with his kids.
Full Stack Engineer
Lead Awesomeness Singer
While he is working passionately on our web and app solutions, you can hear Marcelo humming beautiful (according to him) songs inspired by things he hears in the office. He loves to spend his time with his wife and cute kid.
Senior Delivery Manager
Singing, dancing, playing… for Margarita it’s all about the music. Our French-Russian artist also knows to conduct our teams so they play the perfect tune to ensure the delivery of her projects.
The Talent Hunter
Marisa is passionate about her job and takes pride in seeing each new employee thrive in their new role. A very enthusiastic reader, one of her dreams is to have a home library straight out of the Beauty and the Beast, where she could spend hours devouring books - but never with ice cream. She hates it - which we think is a crime (but we don’t judge).
Help Desk Specialist
If Joe is not busy supporting our customers, you can find him singing and dancing around the office. Outside of work, he plays a lot of sports and loves to spend time with his family and friends.
The Glühwein Maker
Matthias not only creates and develops devices for tiko, he also loves to make new toys for his kids. Following a strict zero-food waste principle, he’ll eat anything you put in front of him. He is known for his helpfulness and also for making amazing Glühwein for our winter apéros. As a father of two, he describes his hobbies as “picking up things from the floor and tiding up".
Help Desk Specialist
As a huge IoT fan, Michel's house is completely set up with smart home gadgets. In his free time, he likes to explore Switzerland on his motorcycle.
Senior Business Development Manager / E-Mobility Product Manager
Truly passionate about mountains, Moritz spends all his free time at the highest peaks of Switzerland, climbing or ski touring. Part of the Business Development Team, he doubles as our e-mobility specialist.
Chief People Officer and Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Happiness Officer
Myriam is our marketing mastermind - only the sky is the limit when it comes to her creativity. Always in a good mood, her laugh resonates all around the office and puts a smile on her colleagues' faces. In her free time, you’ll find Myriam doing yoga, dancing or enjoying the company of her friends and family.
Noah is excited about physics, programming in Haskell, and 3D printing. What he is not excited about is wearing shoes in the office - which everyone else has grown to accept.
Head of Rollout and Operations
The Road Runner
Philip is always out on the road, helping our clients roll out our solutions. When he's in the office, you'll see him drinking coffee out of champagne flutes. In his free time Philip enjoys downhill biking through the French Alps.
Philippe ensures the deployment of tiko’s solution in Belgium and the Netherlands. Originally from Belgium, he loves to make and of course eat excellent waffels. Having a small obsession to make the sound of his HI-FI equipment better, he spends a lot of time searching for the right secondhand material which is almost like a treasure hunt for him.
Senior Sales Director South Europe
Pierre-Yves brings the tiko vision to utility companies across Europe to accelerate the energy transition. When he is not travelling for tiko, he enjoys the Parisian life. Originally from Burgundy, he loves good food and wine and brings this passion to his travels, where he likes to discover different food cultures.
Passionate about gadgets, Quentin's whole house is filled with them. Besides flying drones and printing in 3D, he spends a lot of time with his family. Before joining tiko, Quentin worked in Hong Kong for 10 years.
Senior Hardware Engineer
As our internal Wikipedia, Richard always knows the answers when you have a question about history, different cultures, or geography. He likes to play with acronyms to entertain his colleagues while designing our hardware.
It is Sabine's job to make complicated things easy to understand. When she is not transforming complex data into crystal clear models, you can find Sabine dancing Zumba or jazz.
Co-founder & CBO
The Happy Traveler,
Always full of energy, Sandra travels all around the globe to promote tiko and create new business opportunities, and she always returns with some sweets to share in the office. Sandra also teaches pilates, loves surfing and enjoys skiing in the mountains.
Mother of Kittens
Sophia is always ready to organise lunches and events, reflecting tiko's motto: "Together we’re stronger." You might wonder where all this energy comes from - in her free time she enjoys her friends' company while snowboarding, kitesurfing or wakeboarding, and when she's not doing sports she likes cuddling with her cute cats.
Head of Regulatory & Public Affairs
Stefan is our in-house specialist on regulation. Liaising with regulatory and political bodies in Switzerland and the EU, he travels extensively to represent tiko’s position and share his insights. Passionate about windsurfing, he spends most of his free time on the water, following the motto "The higher the waves, the better!"
Co-founder & CTO
Stéphane has been steering tiko’s technology strategy and development since the very beginning. Outside of work, he spends his time traveling and discovering new cultures. Grown up exposed to the best french cooks, he enjoys good food and never refuses a good wining and dining proposal. Want to do sport? Propose him tennis, sailing or old timer car racing.
Energy Operations Manager
Iced Coffee Expert
Sylvain manages tiko's relationship with the grid and operates our VPP services. In his free time he plays water polo in the Swiss National League and dances Lindy hop. Feel like an iced coffee? Ask Sylvain.
Customer Experience Manager
Akis the White
German, Greek, English, French, Italian, and Turkish - choose your language with Akis and he will always answer with a smile. He makes sure that all of tiko's interfaces and processes are perfect for our customers.
Father of time
Developer during the day and music producer at night. Tibor specialises in systems with high volumes of time series data. When he is not at work, he and his wife record songs in their home studio.
Lead Full Stack Developer
King of the Forest
Tim is the heart of our Frontend Team and has been part of tiko almost since the beginning. He makes his colleagues happy by bringing back treats from Australia and giving them lessons on how to properly do a Tim Tam Slam.
Whenever possible, Tim spends his time away from screens and goes outdoors where he meets friends or goes hiking, skiing and climbing. This is one of the reasons Tim likes it here in Switzerland so much. With his strong interest in renewable energy is Tim with tiko at the perfect place.
Tom leads myStrom, tiko’s little sister specialised in smart accessories, to international success. In his spare time, Tom enjoys the pleasures of life: skiing, animated discussions with friends, and having a nice dinner with a good glass of wine.
Head of Cyber Security
With strong adherence to reason and logic, Toni keeps tiko's digital business secure and protects what matters the most. On his spare time he teaches freediving and likes to explore many other activities in nature and mountains that some might consider a bit extreme.
The Hugging Bear
Vincent never says no to a good party or having drinks after work. When he is not partying, his hobbies include studying advanced mathematics. In the office he develops our systems architecture and offers hugs whenever comfort is needed.
Head of Devices Development
Also known as the Italian Yuri to differentiate him from his Russian colleague, Yuri loves getting tiko colleagues to bet about various topics - don't worry, all gains are then reinvested into the team's well-being. Passionate about his work, Yuri takes great pride in designing low-consumption, long-lasting devices.
Senior Firmware Engineer
Called the Russian Yury to differentiate him from his Italian colleague, you will sometimes hear him swear in Russian - and he will teach you how without hesitation. Yury spends his free time with his wife and two kids.
Chief Cuddles Officer
Ella’s job is to make everyone in the office happy. She has daily office routines, one of which is her morning cuddling tour where she goes from office to office visiting her fans and receiving cuddles. As a commuting dog, she knows exactly where to sit in the train and, believe us, she is surprised if her seat has already been taken. Ella is passionate about tennis balls, searching for things, and eating all the crumbs from the floor at office apéros.
With employees from 17 different countries, you’ll be at ease at tiko no matter where you come from. Our working language is English, and our common culture is open-mindedness.
An attractive offer to integrate distributed energy resources (DER) and increase self-consumption of end-users.
The change from consumers to prosumers gives new challenges for grids and portfolio optimization. Load profiles and end-user consumption are significantly changing. At the same time end-users with PV would like to increase their self-consumption to a maximum to get most out of their produced electricity. Investment in DER resources are still high.
EKS and tiko have built a very simple, comprehensive, turn-key PV – self-consumption offer. By integrating different kinds of loads into the PV optimization end-users have the full transparency and maximize self-consumption. The optimization can be chosen either to maximize the autarky or economic optimization regarding tariffs. The connection of PV and later also storage systems allows EKS to deal with real-time measured load and production profiles of end-users.
Customer can choose on the web on 3 self-generation solutions (small, medium, large) depending on the size of the PV.
How collaborative innovation allowed us to deliver a strong value proposal.
Direct Energie’s challenge was to differentiate themselves through innovation on a competitive market, thanks to an innovative business model. The business model we proposed would deliver added value to their customers, proposing them to save energy and gain transparency through the remote control of their heating systems, while financing such system through the sale of xRL to RTE, the French Grid – which then required a prequalification by RTE.
A first deployment of our centralized solution early 2017 led to a prequalification by the French grid, RTE. Beyond certification this deployment provided insight on the typical heating systems behavior in France and customers’ expectations. Following an open and shared analysis, we decided to adapt the tiko system and develop a decentralized solution, increasing end users’ benefits by adding to the existing heating control capabilities a true multi-room temperature control solution, compatible with the system initially deployed and compliant with the Grid prequalification.
This decentralized solution offers a brand new “plug-in” concept for its control device that will allow to reduce the installation time - and thus Capex - as well as to optimize for Direct Energie the product maintenance along its entire lifetime.
This decentralized solution will be deployed throughout 2018. It will bring possibly the best-in-class multi-room temperature control on the market to Direct Energie’s end users.
Generating additional revenues without impacting self-consumption.
New business models require new ways of thinking. The challenge was to integrate several thousand battery storage systems into a virtual power plant to provide frequency containment reserve (also known as primary control) to the power transmission grid in Germany. At the same time, the goal was not to impact the self-consumption of the consumer.
The tiko in-house developed hardware (sonnen flat box) and software systems allow the connection of battery storage devices to the virtual power plant in a secure and efficient way. All components and systems have been designed to meet the high IT security requirements applied to market participants for the Transmission Grid, such as media break and isolation from public Internet. The pooling approach allows the usage of the flexibility of the connected batteries without impacting too much the self-consumption of the household.
The rollout started in 2017, with now several thousand batteries connected. The external control from the virtual power plant is almost not recognized by the household. Created revenues allow the set-up of new business models.
First to act, the Swiss Utility Repower offered tiko as new end-consumer service to strengthen customer retention - with a 30% take rate.
Repower realized early, that the margins in the classical energy business are continuously decreasing. Moreover, the role of consumers is continuously changing, from pure consumers to prosumers with own production and storage. To keep the customer base of more than 50’000 households with an attractive pricing and service offer created pressure to act.
Repower decided to act proactively. As an asset based trading company with sales and distribution grid, they saw the potential and the value in connecting and aggregating capacities – not only for grid stability as frequency response offer to the national grid but also for intensifying customer engagement. The focus on households was chosen since in the C&I market there is already a strong competition. To integrate loads with the customers will also lead to the opportunity to integrate renewable energies better into the energy system and create a new attractive service for customers. In a first step the solution was offered to all customers with a heating load, including heat pump, night storage and direct heating owners.
With two roll-out waves Repower acquired almost 1'000 customers resulting in almost 30% success rate of the potential customer base.
So far Repower achieved the following results:
Currently, Repower is thinking about introducing the new tiko services for PV and storage customers.
Increase of energy efficiency and decrease of peak loads for mountain resorts.
Swiss mountain resorts have the challenge of many distributed heating loads all over the skiing area. They are small but in sum using several hundreds of MWh electricity per year. At the same time the start of the mountain railway in the morning or artificial snowing are creating massive peak loads which are expensive.
The solution developed consists of two parts. With the first part the distributed heating systems got connected and are now easily controlled and managed remotely. The possibility to program heating temperature and timings supports savings. The second part implemented allows a peak load control through timing and the possibility to choose which loads should participate in a peak event.
Today several mountain resorts in Switzerland have the solutions implemented, as for example Zermatt, Davos, St. Moritz and Scuol. With the tiko solution they are saving up to 60% of their heating consumption and costs.
EVN created a service called „joulie” to target residential customers who were interested in energy solutions to achieve their personal “green” energy goals
EVN, one of Austria’s largest energy providers, selected the tiko solution to provide an automated service for joulie. This enables residential customers to configure and operate a custom energy solution package according to their specific needs. Time intensive consulting services are no longer the main focus of EVN‘s green offerings but remain a value-added service provided by its team of “energy consultants”.
Many homeowners are looking for solutions to install renewable energy generation and are truly interested in using renewable energy in an efficient way. EVN follows the trend that people want to research options to get instantaneous answers to key questions such as: what type of photovoltaic system is applicable to my house and my energy profile? What type of feed-in or usage tariffs are right for me? As a result, digitalization of consulting services is a challenge in the highly regulated and fast-changing energy industry. EVN’s goal is to make the complex and technically sophisticated solution accessible to interested people from the comfort of their home at their leisure.
tiko provides the tools and solution for EVN to create a simple-to-use, on-line configuration portal under their trusted brand. Anyone can configure by themselves a personal energy system and receive a price indication for necessary devices, installation, as well as research the optimal size of a PV and/or battery system for their household. Additional consulting services are available upon request from the experts at EVN or their local partner network. The added value and investment remain within the region or the local community as the installation services are provided by local “power partners”. Additionally, the recommended devices are dominantly manufactured domestically or in the EU. A customized smartphone App and a secure web-portal, part of the tiko energy management solution, enables the customers to control their energy system. Through the joulie App, customers can choose to optimize self-sufficiency or financial pay-back.
The tiko energy management system is designed to be open and to integrate already existing devices as well as new open-standard smart devices. The value of an open system is to be prepared for future innovation. Customers who strive to achieve energy autarchy will invest in such future innovations as smart heat pumps, storage batteries, or electric cars. Eventually, joulie can even offer flexible loads, such as boilers or air conditioners, as well as PV systems to be traded on energy markets.
With the addition of “MyStrom Smart Plugs”, tiko's energy management system can be expanded into a home automation system. Through automated or remote control of electric outlets and thermostats, it allows customers to personally set climate control and lights to desired levels.
Acceptance among existing customers has been positive especially because of tiko’s tailor-made smartphone App: joulie. Customer satisfaction is high. Downloads and usage of joulie App show that customers want to stay involved and are continuously interested in the performance of their system in partnership with EVN’s services. The App also tracks customers’ monetary savings of their energy system which typically includes photovoltaic and flexible loads. To illustrate savings, an automated analysis in the joulie App compares the tiko “Optimization Assistant” with the equivalent stand-alone system. The comparison instantaneously shows the savings; through a simple calculation, users can estimate the payback-period for the investment in their own renewable energy solution.
EVN has achieved, through regionally focused marketing events, the highest market share for newly installed PV systems in their target region. The tiko energy management system and the joulie App is an integral part of this success.
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