European Commissioner for Energy Oettinger visits DEGERenergie: Approaching the internal European electricity market with efficient solar systems

"Solar technology is the best thing Europe has to offer its North African neighbors."

Horb a.N., Germany, March 28th, 2011. "What you have achieved here in Horb deserves recognition and respect", said Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, during his visit at DEGERenergie last Saturday, praising the company's innovative strength and dedication. With more than 35,000 systems installed worldwide, DEGERenergie is the global market leader for solar tracking systems.

Technologies like the systems offered by DEGERenergie, increasing the efficiency of solar technology, further the progress on the internal European electricity market, explains the EU commissioner. "Every additional hour and kilowatt of solar energy generation is a step towards this goal and away from depending on nuclear energy and fossil fuels." Manufacturers of solar modules and solar park operators "ought to be highly interested in cooperating with DEGERenergie to increase the efficiency of their systems."

The patented DEGERenergie Maximum Light Detection (MLD) technology not only improves the yield of solar power plants, it also enables a more uniform energy generation throughout the day. According to Oettinger, the associated approximation to the networks' base load is a decisive point. At the same time, energy storage remains an important issue, not least as solar energy can only be generated by day. Nowadays, the problem of transmitting electricity over large distances, for example from central Spain to Germany, has been largely solved. "Today, we have technologies that enable us to transmit electric current over thousands of kilometers without significant loss."

Günther Oettinger is convinced that, to gain a foothold on the internal European electricity market, efficient solar systems will be of great importance in the future, especially in the Mediterranean area. Against this backdrop, the EU commissioner's recommendation to the world market leader is to even more expand their business across Europe. Oettinger sees great opportunities here.

He is convinced that photovoltaics are also a big chance for North Africa. "In the long run, it is not acceptable for any country to burn oil for the generation of electricity. That is why I am convinced that efficient solar technology is the best thing Europe has to offer our North African neighbors."
DEGERenergie was founded in 1999 by Artur Deger and today is the world market leader in solar tracking systems. Worldwide, more than 35,000 DEGERenergie systems are installed in over 40 countries. The company is represented in Spain, Greece and North America with its own subsidiaries and cooperates with local distribution and service partners in many countries across the world.

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DEGERenergie is the leading manufacturer with the world's largest product range of single and dual-axis solar tracking systems. The company's market position is based on the unique patented Maximum Light Detection (MLD) technology developed by Artur Deger, which makes it possible to maximize the yield of solar power plants with an "intelligent" control. With the DEGERconecter, the solar modules are thus always aligned according to the brightest position in the sky with the highest energy yield. This way, the overall energy yield of solar power plants with MLD tracking is up to 46 percent higher than that of rigid systems and this difference is even more pronounced for peaks. With more than 35,000 systems installed in more than 40 countries, DEGERenergie is the global technological market leader. The company offers its customers all product related solutions - from the development and planning, production and sales to maintenance and service.

In its headquarters in Horb (Germany), its subsidiaries and supplier companies, DEGERenergie is currently employing a staff of nearly 400. The company was founded in 1999 and in 2001 won the Inventor Award of the German state of Baden-Württemberg for the MLD control module DEGERconecter. In 2005, DEGERenergie opened its first subsidiary in Spain, followed by subsidiaries in the USA and Greece in 2009. Additional business locations are planned for 2011. The company's production sites are located in Germany, Canada and the USA. CEO is Artur Deger.

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