About us

Team SMA Altenso

Management Team

Managing Director

Burkhard Söhngen

  • Responsible for Finance, Operations and Strategy within SMA Altenso

  • 15+ years of experience in the Renewable Energy Sector in various executive positions

  • Co-founder of a leading independent O&M and Engineering service provider

  • 10 years of experience in Corporate Finance & Controlling and Corporate Banking

  • Degree in business administration from the Universities of Jena und Aberdeen (Scotland)

Managing Director

Dr. Enrique Garralaga

  • Responsible for Engineering, Solutions Management and Project Development within SMA Altenso

  • 15+ years of experience in the Renewable Energy Sector, thereof with SMA since 2013

  • Experience in multi MW-sized PV, hybrid and battery storage systems

  • Master degrees in Physics at Universities in Zaragoza and in Paderborn. European Master in Renewable Energy at Northumbria University and PhD in Engineering from Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Head of Sales & Business Development

Dr. Jens Birkholz

  • Responsible for Sales as well as Market & Business Development within SMA Altenso

  • 10+ years of experience in the solar industry, thereof with SMA since 2011

  • Experience in go-to-market and sales strategy across all major solar applications (Grid-tied, Off-Grid and PV-Hybrid)

  • Master degree of physics from University of Hannover and PhD in physics from University of Göttingen

Head of Operations and Project Management

Wiebke Krüger

  • Responsible for operations, including SCM, project management and service within SMA Altenso

  • 10+ years of experience in solar market (project management, project engineering, sales)

  • Experience on small to large scale PV, off-grid, hybrid and battery storage applications

  • Master degree of industrial engineering, Paderborn and Brisbane

Head of Strategy

Fabian Jochem

  • Responsible for the strategy development of SMA Altenso GmbH

  • Currently with a strong focus on Power-to-Gas applications

  • 15 years of experience in solar market, (sales, project development, engineering, management)

  • Focus on off-grid, hybrid and battery based solution

  • Master of mechanical Engineering, Darmstadt and Munich


History & Awards: SMA Altenso GmbH was founded in 2014 with the main goal to offer PV-solutions for the Solar-Hybrid market in the “sunbelt region” (area near the equator). Since then SMA Altenso GmbH has developed into a professional expert for PV-hybrid, grid-connected battery solutions and Power-to-Gas applications. Altenso can deliver and support project implementation, through innovative and complex hybrid and battery systems all over the world.

Following awards show the outstanding character of our projects:

Winner of the Solar Power Portal Energy Storage

Best Utility Scale Project 2018

Winner CREF 2018

Best Microgrid Project

Winner of the Intersolar award 2016

Outstanding solar projects