Daniel Neuber (Managing Director, Technology) and Benjamin Pfitzner (Managing Director, Business Development) Maximilian Probst

Air Profile

Supplying Wind and Weather Data

Founded in 2015
14 employees
Funding: €3M
Stage: Seed

Air Profile’s device assesses the resources of a growing 107 billion-dollar industry: wind. Two-thirds of all potential wind farm sites remain unexploited due to the technical limitations of wind measurements in complex terrains. The fundamental value proposition of Air Profile’s innovative remote sensing system (LiDAR) is a service that precisely determines the key performance indicator of wind to facilitate highly efficient wind farms in complex terrains. Website
Highlight of the year: An official report regarding the measurement technology by the Fraunhofer IEE.

Interview with Air Profile

What inspired you to found your startup?

Growing older and becoming parents while observing the global failure to reach climate targets were key to making us act. When we saw the opportunity to help accelerate the energy transition with game-changing technology, the decision was clear.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Two-thirds of the world’s potential sites for clean wind energy lie in complex terrain structures. We have found a way to reliably evaluate these and thereby open them up for profitable wind energy projects.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

We personally define every opportunity to learn as a success. From a company perspective, success is creating new standards – regardless of the level of innovation.

What do you want to achieve next year?

Our first customer projects will be underway by mid-2019. In total we plan to have ten devices in the field by the end of next year.

Why do people want to work at your company?

We have ambitious goals with social and environmental significance.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

Signing Innogy SE as our first pilot customer in Europe.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

That five guys from the small town of Kassel could reach a technical milestone that global companies were unable to reach.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

We see our company as a supplier of wind and weather data, not only for the wind industry, but for all applications that rely on environmental data.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

There are perhaps easier places to start from, but we have the logistical advantage of being within 3 hours travel time to almost every city in the country. There is also the fact that the surrounding area is colloquially known as Measurement Valley, so a lot of expert knowledge is located nearby.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

We need bolder decision-making among investors and companies. Otherwise, we will always lose to other countries and infrastructures.

Air Profile was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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