As early as 1994, Henk Oldenkamp successfully marketed his first model of the micro-inverter and collaborated with NKF, a Dutch cable company, and Shell Solar. 80,000 units were produced and installed. But Henk’s thirst for research continued unabated and the product improved piece by piece. The initial 100 W power and 250 kHz became 350 W and 1–2 MHz. Production costs fell immensely and the Original Power Micro Inverter is now a product that is not only even to a standard inverter but has also numerous advantages over competing products. “This stick is the key to unlock the solar empire,” claims Henk.
In 2018, Henk met Julian at a photovoltaic conference. Both of them being solar natives, they immediately got off to a good start. Julian had been working in the solar cell and module side of the PV value chain, developing current PERC technology, building PV factories, and PV systems, so he was quite familiar with the market requirements. Having founded and headed several companies in the past, it was clear how to proceed – the idea for Solarnative was born.
Both, Henk and Julian are driven by the desire to bring solar energy to the people. To bring the energy revolution into everybody’s home. Therefore, residential PV systems need to be efficient, low-cost, safe, and easy to install. As Julian puts it, they “firmly believe that Solarnative’s Smart Energy Home with AC-modules is the way to achieve these targets. We are building the future standard for residential PV systems.”