Siemens has announced plans to acquire the string inverter business of the KACO new energy GmbH, one of the leading manufacturers of energy-related power electronics, for an undisclosed sum. The project development and EPC activities are not part of the acquisition. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and expected in the first half of 2019.
KACO new energy, headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, is active in more than nine countries with local sales and service companies and has more than 350 employees. KACO new energy’s product line covers the full power range, from inverter units designed for a family home, commercial buildings and infrastructures to complete systems for solar parks producing megawatts of electricity. The company puts special emphasis on the fastest growing segments of string inverters for solar and storage applications, up to 1500V and using the latest semi-conductors. KACO new energy has developed the next generation inverter technology based on silicon carbide (SiC), which leads to best-in-class power density and thermal behavior for installation in demanding environments.
Distributed energy, renewable energy sources and eMobility are playing an increasingly important role in the energy value chain, requiring increasing intelligence via an open and flexible ecosystem of technology, solutions and services. Siemens is supporting its customers and the society in reaching their ambitious goals for climate protection. With the complementary power electronics portfolio of KACO new energy, Siemens is strengthening its technological leadership in the high-growth fields of decentralized energy systems and is providing corresponding benefits to customers.