Harnessing the sun

About us


FRENELL is leading solar technology provider specialized in the engineering, procurement and construction of turn-key Concentrating Solar Power solutions. Our Solar Field with integrated Thermal Energy Storage system produces clean energy for our customers in the power, mining, oil and energy industry in international markets.

The cutting edge solar technology is based on the Linear Fresnel collector principle and has been designed to provide solar power which is sustainable, cost competitive with conventional energy sources such as oil and gas and available around the clock.

FRENELL’s proven CSP technology generates steam with temperatures of up to 550°C. It can be applied for multiple purposes such as Power Generation, Seawater Desalination and Enhanced Oil Recovery – providing 24 hour fully dispatchable solar heat.

Management


Martin Selig – Chief Executive Officer

In 2015, Martin Selig established FRENELL GmbH as a result of a management buy-out of the former business Novatec Solar. He is responsible for the business development and overall strategy of FRENELL.
In 2006, Martin Selig founded the solar company Novatec Solar and was responsible for the product and business development as COO and CEO until 2015.
He is a founding partner of engineering company ip5, a spin-off company of the University Karlsruhe in 1999, specializing in the development, design and implementation of energy efficient building design and renewable energy supply systems.
Martin Selig holds a Diploma of Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, and worked 7 years as a researcher at the Building Science Group of the KIT.

Dr. Max Mertins – Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Max Mertins is CTO of FRENELL GmbH and focuses on the research and design activities of the company. From 2006 to 2015 he acted as CTO and co-shareholder of Novatec Solar.
Dr. Max Mertins holds a PhD in CSP Technology based on linear Fresnel systems from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany as well as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) before founding Novatec Solar together with Martin Selig.

REFERENCES


DMS® Demo Loop – Molten Salt Demonstrator on PE1

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PE2 – World’s first utility scale linear fresnel solar thermal power plant

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LIDDELL – A World’s first integration of solar thermal technology with a coal fired power station

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PE1 – First Linear Frenell DSG Plant connected to a public grid

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Milestones


  • 2015 - FRENELL Foundation

    Foundation of Frenell GmbH as a Management buy-out by Novatec Solar in Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2014 - DMS® Technology Release

    Release of Direct Molten Salt (DMS®) technology for commercial offering

  • 2013 - DMS® demonstrator

    Construction and start of operation of the 2 MWth DMS® Demo loop on PE1, Spain
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  • 2012 - Liddell Power Station

    Start of commercial operation of 9 MWth solar integration in coal fired plant.

  • 2012 - PE2 operation start

    Start of commercial operation of 30 MWel PE2 Power Station in Murcia, Spain

  • 2011 - SuperNOVA on PE1

    Start of operation of 2 MWth SuperNOVA Demonstrator, direct superheating steam above 500°C on PE1 in Murcia, Spain

  • 2011 - MiniFab

    Start of production with mobile fabrication line in Newcastle, Australia

  • 2010 - PE2 Power Station

    Start of construction of 30 MWel PE2 Power Station in Murcia, Spain

  • 2009 - PE1 Power Station

    Synchronization to public grid of 1.4 MWel PE1 Power Station in Murcia, Spain

  • 2008 - Automated Production Line

    Start of automated primary reflector production in Fortuna, Spain

  • 2006 - Novatec Solar Foundation

    Foundation of Novatec Solar GmbH in Karlsruhe, Germany

Global presence


FRENELL GmbH │ Luisenstraße 52a │D-76137 Karlsruhe │ Germany

FRENELL INDIA Private Limited │ C-49, First Floor, Gulmohar Park │IN-New Delhi 110049│ India

FRENELL SICILY SRL │ Julius Durst-Str. 44/C │IT-39042 Brixen│ Italy

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Careers


We are always on the search for new enthusiastic team members to share the idea of an emission free and cost competitive solar power technology! Please feel free to send us your CV!

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LEGAL INFOS


Frenell GmbH │ Luisenstraße 52a │D- 76137 Karlsruhe │ Germany │ info@frenell.de │+49 721 451947-0

Court of Register: Mannheim, Germany │ HRB 724509

Management Board │ Martin Selig (CEO) │ Dr. Max Mertins (CTO)

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