the Mission

truly new and exciting solar products.

solidenergie is a think tank for the solar industry. At solidenergie we create radically innovative solar technologies that open doors to truly new products. Products with an real added value. We come up with really new solutions, explore useful applications, apply for patents, and build prototypes. And we team up with the best solar industry partners and support them in putting these new, exciting products to market.

the company

Mirko Dudas

Mirko Dudas, CEO of solidenergie

solidenergie was founded in 2008 by Mirko Dudas. It started as a one-man company with all the freedom that was crucial to start exploring new options. However, solidenergie was always embedded in a network of outstanding experts including aerodynamic researchers, stress analysts, material scientists, design engineers, patent attorneys as well as craftsmen with amazing talents. A team that even leading solar players would be proud of. Only this combination of freedom to work outside old paths and expertise to shape new ideas allowed us to trigger all these disruptive technologies. Time and again. For a fraction of the cost of conventional innovation approaches. After INTERSOLAR 2017, these allies will become partner of solidenergie.

How we invent

one percent inspiration. ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Truthfully: We don’t invent. We rather discover. And we do this very systematically. Without any respect for how “solar things” have been done in the past, we have developed our own methods and tools to better understand what we are actually looking for. We have designed devices that show promising directions, and new methods that help us evaluate our discoveries. It’s all analytical work with a pinch of inventors romance. Thomas A. Edison said that it’s “one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. He’s right. Although he might have overestimated the inspirational part a bit.

How we patent

first class patent applications are a must.

For best-possible protection first class patent applications are a must.

Our patent applications follow a distinct strategy and always include clear, compact claims, many embodiments of the invention and viable fallback positions. We spent years (and a lot of money) to figure out the difference between good and brilliant patent attornies and their art. We don’t run the risk to overestimate the value of a patent and the real-world protection it offers, but a professional patent application is a must. Our patent applications are first class.

How we Prototype

roll up your sleeves and test the product idea.

We prefer to roll up our sleeves and  test the product ideas quickly and inexpensively.

We swear by the concept of “pretotyping”. We roll up our sleeves and test the product ideas quickly and inexpensively by creating simplified versions of our new product to help validate the statement:  “If it’s built, it’ll be used.”. We prefer to build these pretotypes together with the solar partner that is going to bring those products to market. This approach has shown to provide much faster development cycles as well as a better market fit.

How we Licence

There are dozenzs of reasons not to start with new products.

Licencing used to be the hardest part of our work. We’ve learned over the years dozens of convincing reasons why a solar company should not start with new products no matter how promising they might be. Most of them were not at all linked to the technologies themselves. They ranged from “lacking resources” of all kinds and lacking “pressure to act” down to “not invented here”-vanities. However, this situation has changed over the last two years. After the first signed licence contracts and after the first utility scale installations, leading solar companies have become more open to our ideas. But patience to find the right partner is still key.

Our current licence partners are Zimmermann PV Stahlbau, Eberhardzell (for ground-mounted X-panel applications) and MKG Montagebau Karl Göbel, Öhringen (for ground-mounted diamond roof systems).