How it all started

In 2008, Henrik Lund Stærmose and Per Dahlgaard Pedersen were both employed at Motorola in Aalborg. In December same year, the crisis closed down all of Motorola departments which were leaving Henrik and Per without a job. Along with some Motorola colleagues, Henrik and Per decided to create their own business within information and communication technologies.

After several meetings in different locations, someone in the group had heard about a cold store where they had a man who turned off the power when the electricity price was at its highest to save money. The idea of a better and more efficient solution to this issue arose.

However, a solution to this issue was already on the market but the technology needed much improvement and the price was high. With the group’s experience and skills, it was possible to transfer these to the energy sector, and thus contribute to a new perspective within Smart Grid solutions.

Things took off

An incubator program helped the group with office facilities, mentoring and guidance in this new endeavour. However, the original group was shrinking. Some members of the group were returning to the labour market, while others were not ready to commit to a start-up business. Henrik and Per were the ones ready to overcome the challenges and they committed to the company. Neogrid Technologies ApS was established March 1st, 2010, with Henrik and Per as co-founders. The first client was lined up and things took off.

Involved in research projects

Following this first consulting job, Neogrid Technologies undertook many research projects and collaborations. Regulations that determined the market conditions changed and new approaches suddenly made some ideas irrelevant. A sharpening and adaption of the idea was necessary but not always easy. The project involvement continued over the years and has been pivotal in gaining the experience and knowledge that today makes Neogrid Technologies outstanding in this particular field.

Neogrid – what does that mean?

Names carry identity, and so does Neogrid Technologies. Let’s have a look and make our way from the most obvious to the most interesting. ‘Technologies’ help clarifies what we work in – technology, and that we make more than just one thing – therefore plural form.

The word ‘Grid’ brings association to the power grid, electrical grid, and even smart grid, bringing another clue as to what we do. Then we have the most exciting part left: ‘Neo’. Neo means new and revived, and here we are implying to the new – the future. NEO is also an abbreviation/acronym of “Nordjysk Energi Optimering”, referring to energy optimization and a location in Northern Jutland.

Furthermore, anyone familiar with The Matrix can appreciate this nod to a protagonist fighting the established system and bringing something new to the table. Neogrid Technologies brings software where copper and concrete used to rule – bringing the future to the established status quo.

Henrik Lund Stærmose

CEO, Co-founder

Since 2009, I have been addressing all my time starting a company developing smart energy solutions supporting the future’s green energy system and helping people save energy.

I hold a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Strategical Management. For more than 10 years, I have been working within the wireless R&D business such as Bosch, Siemens and Motorola, where we developed mobile phones and services.

I live in Aalborg with my wife Carina, our 3 children and Sally our rabbit.

Per Dahlgaard Pedersen

CTO, Co-founder

I have a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I worked for more than 20 years within the wireless handset business in several R&D centres such as Dancall Radio, Bosch, Siemens and Motorola. There I created mobile phones and accessories.

Since 2009 I have worked with IT solutions supporting energy savings and Smart Grid solutions.

I live in Aalborg with my wife Anette, our 3 children and Simba our dog.