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Latest UpdatesDeveloper of monitoring and control systems for photovoltaic sector plants skytron energy GmbH expands business in Tokyo
Jun 07, 2019
Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Berlin, Germany, skytron energy GmbH develops and offers software and hardware for remote supervision and control room services for solar power plants of practical scale. The company's platform "PVGuard" is an online solution that visualizes the operating status and output of megawatt (MW)-scale photovoltaic power plants and supports 11 languages, including Japanese. In addition, detecting factors that cause power generation loss by filter processing reduces risks which may lead to diminished output of the power plant. The company operates globally and has been engaged in 1483 projects in 40 countries worldwide (as of February 2019).
In 2018, the company merged with US renewable energy solution company AlsoEnergy. With the combined output of the solar and wind power plants using the systems of both companies at more than 30 gigawatts in more than 192,000 sites, the merger has created a world-leading company in the field.
In Japan, the system has already been adopted in several mega solar plants (large-scale solar power plants with a capacity above 1 MW) including for Hokkaido Electric Power. skytron energy Japan KK was established in Tokyo in May 2017 to further expand sales channels and strengthen after-sales support. The company’s first Japanese base in Asia, it has not only strengthened service support in Japan but also cultivated new customers in Asia. In November 2018, it relocated its Tokyo office and expanded personnel.
To assist with the establishment of the company’s base in Japan, the JETRO Invest Japan Business Support Center (IBSC) provided consultation on company registration, tax and labor matters; information on the market and regulations; and referrals to local service providers (a certified legal specialist in company registration and visa application, tax accountant and social insurance labor consultant).