Germany

The history of DeVeTec starts in 2000, when the founder and current CEO, Michael Schmidt, had the idea of converting exhaust gases from vehicles into energy, and thus into mechanical work.

Initially, together with one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in Germany, basic research was carried out for several years to find out which combination of work machine and medium is the most effective, before commencing production of the first mobile ORC engines in their own workshops. For this, various patents were registered sometimes independently, sometimes together with the vehicle manufacturer.

Once the mobile system for using waste heat had proved itself to be efficient and functional, the consideration arose that what had been developed on a small scale for the use of discarded waste heat flows could be modified to avail of large industrial flows.

From 2007, the combination of the ORC piston engine with fluid ethanol then formed the basis for the development of the stationary waste heat power plants which are manufactured today by DeVeTec, and are available on the market. The idea convinced the BMWi (German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), which jointly financed the creation of a first test system as part of a pilot project (ORCent) in the period 2008-2010. The results of the project, which concluded successfully, were so promising that a test phase then followed, again supported by the BMWi: 4 further waste heat power plants with 4 different industrial partners from different sectors (chemical industry, metal processing, biogas plant, glass industry) were constructed in the period 2010-2014.

In addition, at the end of 2014 the first commercial system was sold, which accomplished DeVeTec's entry into the market. In mid-2015, DeVeTec gained a strategic partner in the Degao company of China, who made it possible to further purposefully promote the growth of DeVeTec.

In September 2016, DeVeTec was moved to their new premises in St. Ingbert. As part of the company's expansion strategy, the new location - a production hall spanning over 1,500 sqm and an integrated administrative wing measuring an impressive 800 sqm - sets the basis for future growth.

The history of DeVeTec starts in 2000, when the founder and current CEO, Michael Schmidt, had the idea of converting exhaust gases from vehicles into energy, and thus into mechanical work.

Initially, together with one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in Germany, basic research was carried out for several years to find out which combination of work machine and medium is the most effective, before commencing production of the first mobile ORC engines in their own workshops. For this, various patents were registered sometimes independently, sometimes together with the vehicle manufacturer.

Once the mobile system for using waste heat had proved itself to be efficient and functional, the consideration arose that what had been developed on a small scale for the use of discarded waste heat flows could be modified to avail of large industrial flows.

From 2007, the combination of the ORC piston engine with fluid ethanol then formed the basis for the development of the stationary waste heat power plants which are manufactured today by DeVeTec, and are available on the market. The idea convinced the BMWi (German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), which jointly financed the creation of a first test system as part of a pilot project (ORCent) in the period 2008-2010. The results of the project, which concluded successfully, were so promising that a test phase then followed, again supported by the BMWi: 4 further waste heat power plants with 4 different industrial partners from different sectors (chemical industry, metal processing, biogas plant, glass industry) were constructed in the period 2010-2014.

In addition, at the end of 2014 the first commercial system was sold, which accomplished DeVeTec's entry into the market. In mid-2015, DeVeTec gained a strategic partner in the Degao company of China, who made it possible to further purposefully promote the growth of DeVeTec.

In September 2016, DeVeTec was moved to their new premises in St. Ingbert. As part of the company's expansion strategy, the new location - a production hall spanning over 1,500 sqm and an integrated administrative wing measuring an impressive 800 sqm - sets the basis for future growth.