110 countries, 273,098 monitored PV plants, 12 GWp total output.

These are the key figures with which SDS concluded 2017 – an accomplishment that SDS is rather proud of. Despite the global PV market only having moderate growth, SDS was able to maintain and expand its market presence. The focus was particularly on the markets in India and China, but also in the US. The forecast for 2018 is a global expansion of 108 GWp. China alone will account for half of this growth according to the IHS Markit institute. After China comes the US and India. For SDS this means: Keeping up the good work and to keep expanding the market presence in China, the US, India and the rest of the world.


Residential Plants with the Gateway Solar-Log 50

International studies such as GTM Research and Navigant Research confirmed SDS’ position as a market leader for inverter-independent monitoring systems for residential and commercial PV plants.
Especially for residential plants, SDS presented the Gateway Solar-Log 50 at the end of the year – a DIN rail model that was developed for the price-sensitive small PV plant market segment. The Gateway can be upgraded with an extensive range of licenses. This new product segment will grow in 2018 – it is planned to add additional models for various plant sizes and to upgrade the Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ online portal. In doing so, SDS will increase its market position by offering products that can fulfill the diverse global requirements for PV monitoring and management.


A view towards what lies ahead

Regarding the outlook for 2018 and beyond, Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO bei der Solare Datensysteme GmbH says, “I firmly believe we have to operate on an even greater international basis and to become active in countries and markets that are currently not in focus. Of course, that will only be possible if we position ourselves broadly and are actively involved in the merging of different areas. Building automation and energy management are just two key words that come to play here. We not only have to become more globally active, but also have to provide a wider range of services and to bring our know-how to markets that are at the initial stage of the transition to clean energy.”
With a broad perspective, Mr. Schlichting describes his personal recipe for success: “Pay attention to the market and take account of the developments and changes.
Only those open to new ideas and still persistently believe in their goals can hold their own in the long term. The past has taught us that there are ups and downs even for the best ideas. It is easier to overcome the latter when you make a sustainable vision the basis of your actions.”