Energiequelle – Intersolar press release:
Energiequelle GmbH now not only plans but also manufactures
Poor quality of market forced company to take this step
Zossen / It was back in 2004 that the two partners and chief executives
of Energiequelle (http://www.energiequelle.de), Joachim Uecker and
the engineer Michael Raschemann, began intensively researching
double-axis tracking systems for photovoltaic plants on the market.
The quality and safety of the mover units available at the time left
much to be desired, as did the price. Indeed, extensive measures had
to be taken to protect the units set up for testing in the first autumn
storm. Based on the poor test results, the solar farm planners from
Brandenburg, Germany, decided to develop their own system – a
decision which provided extremely successful. The motivation behind
this move was the increase in energy production combined with a
simultaneous reduction in operator risk.
According to Michael Raschemann, “the focus is firmly on constructing
units which, as far as possible, are able to meet the increasing energy
requirements of the coming years as well as the unavoidable and
worsening effects of climatic change even today. This is the only way to
keep the supply and electricity price stabile for consumers in the long
term. It is foreseeable that with older units the supply of solar
electricity will stagnate and indeed collapse”.
The experience the company has gained in the wind sector has proven
extremely useful in terms of the in-house production of components.
The most important criterion in addition to safety is the durability of
the units. Following construction of the first prototype, all that was
missing was a partner for full-scale production. Here too, however, it
soon became apparent that Energiequelle’s price expectations and
those of the metal construction industry were worlds apart.
“It was clear to us that in the renewable energy market, which has to
battle with considerable payment degressi