Europe’s pioneering leader in PV system plant control, skytron energy, is now AlsoEnergy GmbH, the global leader in complete solutions to control, monitor, and manage PV assets.
The skytron name and products have long been associated with utility-scale solutions for solar plant control and management in European, Middle Eastern, and African (EMEA) markets as well as Asian markets. The consolidation and recent full rebranding to AlsoEnergy provides a unified global network of support and experience across EMEA, Asia-Pacific (APAC), and the Americas.
Building on the skytron Foundation
A dedicated leadership team from the skytron group in Europe continues to guide product development and customer services for existing skytron and new AlsoEnergy product suites in the EMEA market. skytron’s institutional knowledge and insights have been seamlessly passed on through this experienced leadership team. Engineers and technicians with the EMEA workgroup have an intimate understanding of the different regional requirements across multiple markets. In short, the AlsoEnergy team has the knowledge and experience required to successfully deliver fully compliant solutions in all regions, whether for on-site supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions, or for classical monitoring on the cloud. Clients can trust in the team’s expertise in the development of solutions that improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and in turn increase profitability for their plant operations.
skytron has been operating under the umbrella of the global AlsoEnergy organization since 2018. This latest rebranding announcement underscores their commitment to expanding AlsoEnergy’s partnerships in the region. Olaf Donner, CEO of AlsoEnergy GmbH and former managing director of skytron, reiterates their commitment: “We came to stay,” he says. “We’re here and we’re building a global brand with comprehensive services that outperform, and we’re really working on innovative solutions.”
To that end, even the AlsoEnergy product offerings have built on the skytron legacy. One of the latest products, the PowerManager CS plant controller, is a direct descendant of skytron’s SCADA technology which appeared in skycontrol and skylog products. The reporting and monitoring capabilities of AlsoEnergy’s suite of tools are flexible and customizable to any site owner’s needs. Not everyone needs the highest level of sophisticated plant control for every project, but they can integrate that for sites where it is required. This flexibility keeps costs down.
All tools, hardware, and software are fundamentally designed to increase site profitability. Fully integrated end-to-end solutions enhance the ability for remote diagnostics and troubleshooting for onsite systems. This empowers O&M providers to resolve issues more quickly, while also providing insights into future device performance and plant production. AlsoEnergy solutions can also be upgraded to include a ticketing and service monitoring system for plant operators.
Global Reach with Regional Expertise
The global organization of AlsoEnergy workgroups creates one company that delivers the customer values associated with both global and regional providers. Access to the global AlsoEnergy platform fulfills the worldwide view and nearly 24/7 access to customer and support services. Meanwhile, with many decades of experience among regional workgroups, AlsoEnergy sales and engineering teams provide the local support and expertise to meet customer needs in their own time zones and languages. AlsoEnergy products meet regional certification requirements and interoperate with leading inverters and other devices in each market.
For international fleet owners, AlsoEnergy’s ability to deploy a single site-management platform across all regional portfolios simplifies operations and reduces costs by avoiding multiple site-management services from multiple companies. Their platform also integrates with third-party hardware and implements local code on the back end. This allows site managers to operate the site from any location, while site owners in a different country can use the same platform to generate reports.
Always Looking Forward
AlsoEnergy GmbH drives further innovation delivering solutions for the world’s most challenging markets. This requires continuous development in leading edge technology to meet the needs of the industry for long-term product solutions. By anticipating how solar plant owners may diversify their portfolio with more and different assets and grid services in the years to come, AlsoEnergy is not just meeting the market’s needs today, but looking forward to long-term partnerships and opportunities.
The need to deliver a full featured plant control system is critical in mature EMEA markets. Combining advanced software development with engineering expertise enables AlsoEnergy products to support multiple grid services, such as power forecasting to facilitate energy trading and arbitrage.
AlsoEnergy Is Here to Stay
As skytron has transitioned from a European company to AlsoEnergy, a global organization, a common question has been “Why AlsoEnergy, how are you different from your competitors?” EMEA CEO Olaf Donner responds, “There is no other competitor that can actually work globally like we can. From the perspective of product development and project development, our roadmap has taken us way beyond the current level of SCADA and monitoring that other companies are geared towards. We have and will continue to work with our clients consistently in introducing the new products while supporting the existing products.”
“Since 2018 the support and reach of skytron energy has been strengthened through the consolidation with AlsoEnergy” says Donner. “Rebranding fully as AlsoEnergy GmbH illustrates that we are here to stay and through this global brand, are providing cohesive services and innovative solutions to further the success of the industry.”