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Solatom: Cost-effective flatpack mobile solar energy units for SMEs

Spain · Apr 01, 2019· By Emanuela Ferraro

The Solatom co-founders

Solatom's turnkey solar thermal solutions can cut energy costs by 37%. Its real-time data analytics can also be used to ensure that the industrial processing units are operating at optimal conditions

Banking on its award-winning modular solar power solutions, Solatom is setting its sights on winning contracts worth €11 million in 2021. Valencia's innovative producer of mobile solar energy generating systems has just gained international recognition by winning the Startup Europe Awards 2018 in Spain for the climate category.

Solatom is now gearing up to be a key player in the solar power sector by providing businesses with pre-assembled, transportable thermal energy collectors that can be installed in just one hour as a Plug and Play system. The mobile panel systems, that can easily be installed, dismantled and quickly moved to another location, may be just the boost needed for the solar energy sector that hasn't grown as fast as expected in Spain. The slow uptake is mainly due to the complex and high costs of installing and running Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants.

Usually, solar mirrors have to be assembled on-site over a long period of time which results in high maintenance costs. CSP systems are expensive options, especially for SMEs that make up the overwhelming majority of Spanish business communities. SMEs often pay up to three times the energy costs of larger companies, Solatom's CEO and co-founder Miguel Frasquet Herraiz told CompassList.

Cleantechs like Solatom can also help to develop more efficient energy solutions for businesses seeking more eco-friendly production models to meet the EU target of producing 27% of the region's energy from renewable sources by 2030. Solar thermal energy options are especially suitable for southern Europe's sunny climates. Each solar energy module can cut CO2 emissions by nine tons a year. 

Edited by Suzanne Soh

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