STEAG strengthens its competencies in the areas of digitalization and renewable energies: The Essen-based energy company becomes a co-partner in Solytic GmbH. The Berlin-based start-up offers cloud-based, manufacturer- and hardware-independent monitoring software for photovoltaic systems. By means of this software solution, the performance of the PV systems can be controlled and thus their economic efficiency can be increased. Due to the steadily growing commitment of the STEAG Group in the field of photovoltaics for several years, STEAG and Solytic have now decided to join forces for mutual benefit.
With this investment, STEAG is taking account of all three current megatrends in the energy industry: digitalization, decarbonization and decentralization. “STEAG has in-depth energy domain expertise as well as a long-standing commitment to digitalization, and Solytic brings a specialized solution for monitoring PV plants — making us ideal partners,” explains Jan Fischer, who is responsible for digital projects at STEAG.
The spectrum of digital topics at STEAG ranges from software for plant monitoring and control to an app-based platform for micro-investments and software tools that enable efficient energy management andCO2 emissions balancing. “Our Stuttgart-based subsidiary OPTENDA, which specializes in digitization, excelled here in particular,” says Jan Fischer.
Partnership leverages synergies
At the same time, STEAG is active with its subsidiary STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH — SENS for short — in the field of project development and plant construction, especially for ground-mounted PV plants. With the software developed by Solytic especially for the optimization of photovoltaic systems, there are in this respect several intersections in terms of content.
The decision to make the operational tasks relating to the technical management of STEAG’s own production plants for renewable energies even more efficient by means of intelligent software solutions was therefore consistent and logical. In addition, STEAG’s involvement in Solytic is intended to make the further development and expansion of the Group’s renewable generation portfolio even more sustainable and economical.
The cooperation now concluded also offers great advantages for Solytic. The start-up gains a strong partner who can accompany the further development of the business with technical and energy industry expertise: “The development of the decentralized energy market continues to accelerate. The market now needs digital solutions that can sustainably support these changes. That’s why we want to focus even more on our core competence in energy data processing in the future, in order to actively help shape and promote this change,” says Solytic CEO Johannes Burgard, setting the direction.
Advantages of cooperation
Since STEAG is also driving the digitization of the energy transition and renewable energies with in-house developments, the cooperation was obvious. In areas such as cloud solutions, Big Data-based analysis and control tools, and applications in the field of AI and automated learning, the partners intend to join forces from now on.
“By joining Solytic, we are strengthening our digital competence, creating the best conditions for additional optimization of our renewable generation portfolio and relying on further successful digital solutions from our new partner,” says Dr. Ralf Schiele, Managing Director for Market and Technology at STEAG, explaining the reasons for the investment decision.