Innovation at Akuo: a unique way of going about our activity
A genuine growth driver for the Group, innovation is deeply rooted in Akuo’s DNA. Eager to develop exemplary regional projects with real meaning, the Akuo group creates concepts that combine technological relevance, environmental added value and societal benefits.
Open and collaborative management focused on innovation
Today, as they have done since the Company was created in 2007, the founders foster, within Akuo, a culture focused on innovation, creativity and collective intelligence. Innovate to drive the energy transition forward everywhere it operates and bring the teams together around meaningful projects: that is Akuo’s guiding vision, and its holistic vision of projects always keeps Akuo one step ahead.
Agrivoltaics: going beyond the mere production of green electricity
Akuo was the first to understand that an energy producer has to develop projects without destabilizing the economic and social ecosystem in which it operates. Rather than maximizing energy production on a plot of land, Akuo has opted to produce less electricity but to combine it with agricultural production and thus preserve its role within these territories. Since then, Akuo has successfully campaigned to establish its agrivoltaics – or agrisolar – concept: Akuo is the pioneer of this model lauded by its peers on every continent!
Crowdfunding to allow everyone to get involved in the energy transition
To encourage the general public to become increasingly involved in the energy transition, Akuo focused on another innovation: AkuoCoop, its own crowdfunding platform that, since 2017, allows all citizens and businesses to financially participate in energy transition projects near them and to reap the financial rewards. Akuo has chosen to have its own tool in order to ensure that it is reliable and transparent for those who wish to work with us in this respect.
First floating solar plant to give the region a new lease of life
In order to increase the volume of land able to accommodate solar projects, Akuo had the innovative idea of deploying solar panels on water. The Company developed France’s first floating solar plant with a total capacity of 22 MW in Piolenc, in the Rhone valley north of Avignon, France, to breath a new lease of life into an unused artificial lake resulting from a former quarry.
Sunstyle: innovative and esthetically pleasing solar tiles
In 2008, Akuo launched the first version of the Sunstyle® solar roof at Saint Charles International in Perpignan, European leader in fruit and vegetable sales, transport and logistics. The Sunstyle® photovoltaic roof sparked such enthusiasm that it was used to upgrade the entire surface area (68,000 m²) of the roof of the Perpignan warehouse, thus making it the world’s largest building-incorporated solar plant at that time. With an output of 9 MW, this experiment demonstrated the pertinence and potential of this energy-producing construction material. Several years of hindsight have enabled this technology and its performances in terms of energy production and endurance to be thoroughly tried and tested. Since this first successful trial, Sunstyle®’s development has continued, notably resulting in the product’s esthetic refinement with a broader range of possible colors. These solar tiles are now a sought-after component for urban planners and architects.
We’re a group of committed professionals intent on leaving future generations a healthy and sustainable planet. Societal, economic and technological innovation is a key component of this mission.