As of 2016, Kleinkraftwerk Birseck AG (KKB) will operate under the new name Aventron. Building on the success of the last 10 years, the change in name goes hand in hand with the company’s intensified growth strategy.
Exactly 10 years ago, KKB was founded by reference shareholder EBM (Genossenschaft Elektra Birseck) domiciled in Münchenstein. In the early years, the power plant portfolio consisted of two small hydro power plants on the river Birs and several photovoltaic installations in north western Switzerland. Ten years later KKB operates hydro, wind and solar power plants in five European countries with an installed capacity of approximately 180 MW. Energie Wasser Bern (ewb), Stadtwerk Winterthur as well as many additional private and institutional investors joined the shareholders of KKB in the past years. Building on KKB`s historical success, the company intends to expand its portfolio to 500 MW by 2020 and increase annual production to over 1000 Gigawatthours (GWh). To capitalise on further investment opportunities and increase diversification, Spain shall be added to the current country mix of Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and Norway.
The new name represents more than simply a name-change. Aventron reflects the increased international orientation and continued investment diversification. The embedded terms „avenir“ (future) and „electron“ express the company’s wish to be part of the solution as a modern, European green power producer.