vadimUS offers the vadiMAP turnkey solution to integrate renewable energies (solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicle terminals, etc.) in commercial and industrial buildings.
We do it in an unconventional way. Using data and AI tools, we generate a feasibility study in a fraction of the time and cost compared to traditional consulting methods. Then, we execute with our network of prequalified partners, regardless of the location of the building.
We have created a platform that automates everything that needs to be automated in the process of a renewable energy project. We centralize all the buildings under the same platform, so the owner of several buildings can follow his energy transition on our platform which centralizes all his buildings.
Tell us about yourself?
I have an electrical engineering background. I followed in the footsteps of my father Dan Boucher, CEO and co-founder of vadimUS, who also studied engineering.
At the end of my studies, I immediately joined vadimUS because entrepreneurship was something that was getting more and more interesting after having done several internships in large companies.
It was impossible to imagine myself working for a company that would not make a difference to address the climate crisis. Combining my expertise with my ambitions, therefore, confirmed that vadimUS was a meaningful company for me.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
I often put myself in areas of discomfort to develop myself professionally, but if I had to give myself a piece of advice, I would recommend doing it even more because it is in these moments that we learn the most. If you feel uncomfortable with a task or responsibility, it’s usually because it’s the right thing to do.
What problem does your business solve?
Building owners, especially those with multiple buildings, must all achieve the following 3 objectives:
- Reduce their energy costs;
- Increase their autonomy in the event of power outages; and
- Reduce their carbon footprint.
The inaction of building owners with regard to the energy transition will no longer be possible. Here are some reasons why :
- Legislations increasingly require owners to disclose the energy performance of their buildings;
- Shareholders, employees and customers put constant pressure to achieve carbon neutrality;
- Since the start of the pandemic, the price of fossil fuels has increased by 233%; and
The main electricity networks are deteriorating, and power outages are more and more frequent.
But where to start? With whom? How?
What is the inspiration behind your business?
Buildings are responsible for 40% of global greenhouse emissions. It is obvious that we must address drastically and quickly this concern if we want to limit global warming to 2 degrees in line with the objectives set in Glasgow at COP26.
Too few innovative and scalable solutions exist to tackle this problem, and it is for this reason that we have created the vadiMAP solution. We all want big companies to reduce their carbon footprint, but they currently don’t have a simple way to get there. This is why we have created the vadiMAP solution, to make the process quick and easy to integrate renewable energy into their commercial and industrial buildings. Affordable, clean and reliable energy is now at their disposal.
What is your magic sauce?
Our Nanogrid Simulation Engine (NGSE) at the heart of our platform has been developed in-house and allows us to generate and simulate thousands of realistic renewable energy configurations for the customer’s building and to automatically choose the optimal system according to the geographical, technical and operational contexts of the building, and according to the objectives of the customer. Despite the automation, it is a tailor-made energy transition plan for the customer.
What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?
It is always difficult to talk about your plan for the medium or long term because often it depends on the market, the opportunities and a multitude of factors beyond our control.
However, we want to have a big impact in Canada because we have noticed a delay compared to other countries. We have good potential for renewable energies, and our geographical context benefits us. But we are targeting the international market, and therefore we want to be where we will have a significant impact such as France, the United States and the Caribbean.
Per our Go-to-market strategy, we hope to have completed more than 900 projects within the next 5 years that will remove more than 94,500 tons of CO2 each year.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
As a new company, it’s always difficult to gain credibility, and you have to prove your solution in the market.
The demonstration project approach at the beginning is therefore often appropriate and, frankly, necessary. So that’s probably the biggest challenge. Also having to educate building owners because there’s a tremendous amount of education that needs to be done to make people understand why renewable energy systems on their buildings make sense.
How can people get involved?
Let us help you reduce the carbon footprint of your buildings. We have the right team to guide you and provide you with a tailor-made energy transition plan and turnkey service. It doesn’t matter where your building is located.