Hatch invests in AI-powered energy optimization software

January 26, 2021

Toronto, ON—Hatch announced today that it is investing, through its investment arm, Canadian Shield Capital, in the expansion of Peak Power’s AI-powered Synergy™ platform, which optimizes the operation of buildings and distributed energy resources (DERs) like batteries and electric vehicle chargers for some of North America’s largest real-estate and energy players. The Synergy™ platform is already deployed in over 15 million square feet of commercial and industrial real-estate in Ontario, New York, and California. Hatch joins other investors, including the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, in supporting this game-changing technology.

“Our differentiated capabilities are keeping us very busy, on both the supply and demand sides of the energy market, across the full spectrum of climate change mitigation activities,” said Robert Francki, Global Managing Director, Energy at Hatch. “This is a key investment theme for both Hatch and our clients, and we believe Peak Power has the team and technology to help commercial buildings reduce their power consumption and emissions, which we believe is an important market.”

Andrew W. Dunn, Managing Partner at Canadian Shield Capital, remarked, “We see more and more organizations identifying, prioritizing, and addressing energy and greenhouse gas reduction opportunities, and we believe Peak Power is a leading player in this space in North America.”

Derek Lim Soo, CEO and Co-Founder of Peak Power, said of the investments, “We are excited to welcome the support of Hatch and BDC. We look forward to the prospect of working with Hatch in serving our customers and expanding our platform, combined with BDCs depth of experience and history in helping Canada’s entrepreneurial ventures grow. With our expanding network of strategic partners and investors, Peak is ready for the next phase of our global growth.”

Hatch has long supported the development of technologies in the industries in which we work. The investment in Peak is just the latest support for technologies that Hatch feels are poised to transform the energy industries worldwide. In 2020, Hatch announced a strategic partnership with General Fusion to demonstrate their Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) technology. Hatch is also actively supporting the development and deployment of small modular reactor technologies.

About Hatch

Hatch is a global multidisciplinary management, engineering, and development consultancy. Whatever our clients envision, our teams can deliver. With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. Our solutions are innovative, timely, and more efficient. We draw upon 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo, creating positive change for our clients, employees, and the communities we serve.

About Canadian Shield Capital

Canadian Shield Capital is a long-term private equity and growth capital investor focused on identifying and leveraging long-term demographic, social, and macroeconomic trends. Canadian Shield Capital serves as Hatch's investment arm and favours businesses with strong, capable, collaborative leadership where there is the potential to draw upon and benefit from Hatch’s extensive industry expertise and strong client relationships. We support our partners with capital and expertise to build networks, improve processes, implement new technologies, refinance, and adapt to changing market dynamics.

About Peak Power

Founded in 2015, Peak Power develops AI-powered software to enable intelligent energy in smart cities. They do so by optimizing synthetic, stationary, and mobile batteries to act as grid resources, unlocking revenues for customers, reducing their operating costs, and decreasing their environmental footprint. Peak is commercially deployed in over 15 million square feet of commercial and industrial real-estate across Ontario, New York, and California.

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