Our vision is to make solar energy available everywhere in our community. Without grid, seamless from solar home systems until a caravan roof size – Right where it’s needed.
For this, we never content in pushing the technology forward, together with our customers and partners.
Robert Händel, CEO & Founder
Tons of CO2 offset
OPES Solutions is born
Although each of us had already been in the photovoltaic industry for over a decade, we felt the real unique strength of this technology had been neglected as the industry grew - the ability to produce energy everywhere without grid-connection. So we began to focus on off-grid solar module technology and production.
Access to modern energy with solar modules gained more relevance. With support from vast improvements in battery and LED technology, we help to energize rural areas. Modules with over-dimensioned frames were the status quo, so we invented the Z-Frame — simplified installation, more efficient and better self-cleaning — our first patent.
OPES Solutions soon became the first manufacturer globally to obtain IEC 61215/61730 certification for the full range of off-grid solar modules, even as small as 0.9 Watt. In the same year, we obtained the QEHS certificate based on ISO9000, ISO14000, and ISO34000.
Ground-breaking patent in production
Building a factory also means research in automation, as nobody focused on off-grid module production before. We made big strides forward with our patented flying fiber laser and string multiplier. Our levels of automation and product variety have grown continuously — supported by our smart manufacturing concept.
Strategic partnership with Fraunhofer Institute
We constantly search for new ways to integrate PV technology. In the Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Germany, we found the perfect partner to research and develop new modular concepts and materials.
It's Watt per Gramm now
We successfully produce modules that weight only 20 grams per watt which corresponds to just 1/3 of the weight of conventional solar module. This is the start of the development of ultra-light modules suitable for weight-sensitive application such as vehicles, boats and small devices, which also place high demands on durability.
Medalist of American Solar Challenge
OPES Solutions designed and supplied the energy for the Esteban 9 solar racing car by École Polytechnique de Montréal. Our team won the ”Best Electrical Design Award” and “Dynamic Award” of the competition. Esteban 9 is also the back-to-back winner in 2018 and 2019 of Single-Occupant Vehicle (SOV) class in Formula Sun Grand Prix.
To support our growth we searched for investors who share our vision. In 2019, the investment funds Quadia from Switzerland and KawiSafi from Kenya joined us to continue to build the off-grid solar industry.
Continuing Market Leadership
We produced now more than 5 million solar panels and it feels as if we have reinvented the solar industry to make it serve off-grid applications again. Now we continue to build this industry together with our customers, making solar power present everywhere in our daily life, right where it is needed. It may be found in data-driven devices in a Smart City or in Solar Home Systems for low income communities — or for anything else you can imagine.
Launch of VIPV Series
Following 4 years of product development, we facilitate the use of solar in a new context. The vehicle-integrated photovoltaics (VIPV) products SolFlex and SolShell were presented at the IAA Mobility in Munich. The focus on automotive requirements, cost reduction and a scalable supply chain ensures an efficient integration of solar energy into various types of vehicles. The panels enable them to increase range, reduce charging costs, improve carbon footprint and support bi-directional charging.