abakus solar – Sun with Know-How
abakus solar AG is a leading, internationally operating provider of photovoltaics (PV). Its comprehensive technical expertise covers small-scale plants on residential roofs to large-scale commercial and logistics roofs, as well as multi-megawatt solar parks. The company was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Gelsenkirchen. This is an industrial city located in the Ruhr Valley of North Rhine Westphalia, a region with a long-standing technological tradition in energy generation. The PV expert runs further offices in Cologne, Munich and Berlin. It currently employs a total of about 85 people in its home country and is constantly expanding.
In Germany, the core business activities concentrate on planning and constructing turnkey PV power plants, and providing wholesale quality PV components and complete systems. Another business sector is the implementation of architecturally challenging solutions for building-integrated PV.
Furthermore, abakus solar can also draw on the know-how of its own product development department. In 2011, for example, the team launched touch fix, an aerodynamically optimized mounting system. It is fixed without roof penetration and can be installed easily and quickly. Its basic elements are made of recycled plastics, which can be easily recycled again after dismantling.
Thanks to these new and user-friendly features, touch fix convinced the expert jury at the 26th Symposium on Photovoltaic Solar Energy in Bad Staffelstein, Bavaria, and was awarded an innovation prize. The development department continually optimizes touch fix in order to keep up with the latest market demands.
abakus solar also acquires and develops project rights and licenses for electricity generation for the development and marketing of selected PV projects in Germany and other countries. In this context, the company’s project development department offers business models such as the “rooftop partnership for local communities”. As part of this cooperation, abakus solar develops concepts for urban administrations that provide a basis for them to profitably equip their maximum possible roof area with photovoltaic plants. As an EPC contractor, abakus solar is responsible for all aspects of project execution, including finding a suitable investor in case the local authorities do not want to operate the plants themselves. The leasing of all the roofs to only one investor reduces the administrative effort required from the municipalities. Furthermore, roof areas that cannot be marketed economically as single sites due to their alignment or inclination are ideal as part of a package solution combined with more adequate roofs.
In addition to the four offices in Germany, abakus solar has an international presence with several branches and shareholdings across the globe: In Europe, the PV expert is active in Italy and Greece, as well as in the USA. In 2011, a joint venture with a local partner was established in India.