• We develop, produce and market custom-designed mechatronic systems for sustainable technologies

  • Our team has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector with a focus on solar thermal power plants

  • We partner with leading organisations in research and industry to deploy cutting-edge technology in commercial applications

Software, network and hardware:
»Custom-designed mechatronic systems
for sustainable technologies«

Heliokon provides breakthrough products and services to ensure the clean, stable and secure supply of energy and natural resources in the future.

Our original domain is the development, production and marketing of innovative solutions for solar thermal power plants. Based on this, we are applying our cutting-edge technology in adjacent domains including solar chemistry, solar fuels, solar process heat, thermal energy storage, facilities engineering management, water supply management and bioeconomy.

We pursue an integrated product development approach. Hence, we can offer control software, network technology and mechatronic hardware from a single source. Each component of our smart products is perfectly geared to each other ensuring quick installation and efficient operation. This results in higher performance and lower costs.

Together with our partners from research and industry we are well prepared for the ambitious projects of our clients. Thanks to our development site in Germany and our broad production network in Germany and overseas, we can guarantee highest quality standards. Our skilled team has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector with a focus on solar thermal power plants.

Heliokon was co-founded by Patrick Hilger and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hoffschmidt in April 2016 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Heliokon is a spin-off company from the Institute of Solar Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).


We have many years of experience in executing successful research and development projects



We offer mechatronic components and highly integrated systems

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We offer customised support from idea to implementation and beyond

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Patrick Hilger
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hoffschmidt
Co-Founder and Advisor

Simon Dieckmann
Project Manager

Christian Gabi
Electronics Development Lead

Dr. Henrik von Storch
Senior Consultant

Valentina Kronhardt
Project Engineer

Zahra Mahdi
Project Engineer

Company History

April 2016

Foundation of Heliokon by Patrick Hilger and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hoffschmidt

September 2016

Recognition as a DLR spin-off company

November 2016

Signing of license agreement with DLR

June 2017

First international order from Brazil

October 2017

Successful production and test of the first-generation proprietary heliostat controller

April 2018

Kick-off of the first publicly funded research project

January 2019

Foundation of the SolarChemieR forum for innovation in solar chemistry

December 2019

Order confirmation to retrofit the heliostat field of the Jülich Solar Power Tower


Contact Information

Heliokon GmbH
Am Gänschenwald 19a
51467 Bergisch Gladbach

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