Our challenges

Our challenge: Engaging for greater energy efficiency and sustainable climate protection by using alternative energy sources beyond borders!  


We would like to invite you to take a tour with us through the most important milestones of our founders' and partners'.

 

1986

Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster

1988

Foundation of Paradigma Energie- und Umwelttechnik

1998

Foundation of Paradigma Italia

2000

Foundation of the production facility Ritter Solar

2001

Foundation of the Sino-German joint venture Linuo Paradigma

2009

Foundation of the holding Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik

Foundation of Paradigma subsidiaries in Europe

2010

Foundation of Linuo Ritter International

Foundation of Ritter XL Solar

Foundation of Regasol, today Ritter Group USA, Inc.

Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster

In Turkey, the Ritter Sport chocolate hazelnut crop was contaminated due to the devastating aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. This was the beginning for today's Ritter Gruppe.

Foundation of Paradigma Energie- und Umwelttechnik

In order to overcome reliance on nuclear energy, finding alternative and renewable energy sources was the motivation for Mr. Alfred T. Ritter (Chairman of the German chocolate company Ritter Sport) and Klaus Taafel to establish the Paradigma Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Today: Paradigma Deutschland) in 1988.

In 1989 the brand Paradigma enters the German market and sets milestones with condensing gas and solar technology for heating support, supplemented with improved efficiency components.

Today
The company and brand Paradigma is the largest supplier of energy systems for solar water heating and heating support in the residential sector in Germany.

Foundation of Paradigma Italia

With Paradigma Italia Srl, the Ritter Gruppe founded its first subsidiary outside Germany.

Today
Paradigma Italia Srl has already founded three subsidiaries for the Italian market: Teco Service Srl, Revis Srl and ecoCompact.

Foundation of the production facility Ritter Solar

Under the brand name Ritter Solar, the company Ritter Solar GmbH is the largest OEM-supplier of evacuated tube collectors with and without CPC-reflectors.

Foundation of the Sino-German joint venture Linuo Paradigma

Out of a strategic alliance between the Linuo Group, the largest manufacturer of glass tubes in China, and the Ritter Gruppe*, the German market leader of evacuated tube collectors, the 50:50 Sino-German joint venture Linuo Paradigma has been founded.

Today
China is the largest evacuated tube collector market woldwide. Linuo Paradigma, located in Jinan (China), achieved to be a well-known trademark, is among one of the China top brands for ecological energy systems and the most successful joint venture within the solar thermal market.

* formerly Paradigma Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Foundation of the holding Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik

The holding of the Ritter Gruppe, the Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG, enters the market.

Today
Since Germany is the largest solar thermal market and the largest evacuated tube collector market in Europe, the Ritter Gruppe is the German market leader with its two international well-known brands Paradigma and Ritter Solar.

Foundation of Paradigma subsidiaries in Europe

Paradigma Deutschland
Paradigma Austria
Paradigma Switzerland
Paradigma Hungária
Paradigma Benelux
Paradigma Ibérica

Foundation of Linuo Ritter International

Foundation of Linuo Ritter International Co. Ltd., a 100 % subsidiary of Linuo Paradigma- Linuo Ritter International Co. Ltd. distributes the technologies of both of the international well-known production companies Ritter Solar and Linuo Paradigma internationally (outside Europe and China).

 

Foundation of Ritter XL Solar

The Ritter XL Solar GmbH was founded for the promising business field “large-scale solar thermal systems”. By today, the former "XL Solar department" of Paradigma Deutschland has already installed more than 100 large-scale solar thermal systems, among them there are the three largest evacuated tube collector installations worldwide in:

  • Austria, Wels: Fair trade Wels, 3.683 m²*
  • Germany, Esslingen: Company Festo, 1.330 m²*
  • Turkey, Istanbul: Company Metro Istanbul, 1.031. m²*

Business field: Evacuated tube collectors with CPC-reflector, Aqua systems with process temperature 50-120 °C

*gross collector area

Foundation of Regasol, today Ritter Group USA, Inc.

Ritter Group USA offers customers in the USA, Canadian and the Caribbean markets a wide range of products in the solar thermal market.