GROWTH CONTINUES IN AN INCREASINGLY DEMANDING MARKETPLACE
The AB business venture was founded in 1981 by an idea of Angelo Baronchelli, a young specialist in the electronics industry who is still Chairman of the Group.
In 1992, the first products were containerized cogeneration modules for natural gas and biogas. With this development, it reinforced a clear position in the marketplace and developed a turnover. Through the structuring process of the company, it acquired are new production and logistic structures in 2010 , to create the largest industrial center in the world which is dedicated entirely to the cogeneration. AB’s entrepreneurial growth and market positioning are evident by the number of plants produced and installed, as well as the testimonials of customers who are leaders in their sector.
AB has installed more than 1,250 plants since 1981.
1,600 MW powe capacity installed.
EXPLORE THE TIMELINE
Browse the timeline and discover all of the milestones in AB’s history
Angelo Baronchelli creates a company committed to electrical systems and industrial automation.
THE FIRST PLANT
Creation of the first cogeneration plant in the middle of a local company, Fornaci Laterizi Danesi (Soncino, Cremona)
AB IMPIANTI SRL
Angelo Baronchelli and his wife, Graziella Calzavacca create the company, AB Impianti Srl , which was initially headquartered in Villachiara (Brescia)–now in Orzinuovi (Brescia). It operated eletrical systems for the industrial and civil sector, as well as the production of cogeneration plants.
It designed and industrialized the first Ecomax®: the modular package solution to cogeneration that today represents the innovation of AB all over the world.
AB ENERGY SPA
Headquartered in Orzinuovi (Brescia), tthe company is incorporated as AB ENERGY SPA and is dedicated to the commercialization of cogeneration plants.
AB HOLDING SPA
The parent company, AB HOLDING SPA, is establised and headquartered in Villachiara (Brescia) since 2006 with the aim of coordinating of the diverse companies and shareholdings in companies and organizations.
AB SERVICE SRL
AB SERVICE SRL is incorporated and based in Orzinuovi (Brescia). It is dedicated to the management, service and maintenance of cogeneration plants.
AB POWER SRL
AB POWER SRL is incorporated and based in Cologne (Brescia). It is dedicated to the manufacturing, conversion and maintenance of electrical panels.
AB AMBIENTE SOCIETA’ AGRICOLA SRL
AB AMBIENTE SOCIETA’ AGRICOLA SRL was born in Orzinuovi (BS). Today, the company manages the bio-cogeneration system that meets the energy demands of the nearby production complex.
AB END-SOLUTION SPA
AB END-SOLUTION SPA operates in the field of RENTAL, OPERATING LEASE, and the maintenance of machinary; with particular reference to cogeneration plants. At the moment, the company owns a total of 50 MW of CHP plants that are rented out to companies in diverse sectors.
Initiating the first experience in the field of cogeneration plants that are able to produce energy from agricultural biomass: the birth of the ECOMAX® BIO Line for biogas energy recovery.
AB IN SPAIN
Initiating the process of internationalizing AB, the first foreign subsidiary is opened in Madrid, Spain.
THE NEW NEXUS OF ENGINEERING
The new nexus of electrical design, mechanics and software is completed in Orzinuovi. It is still the most important thinking center for cogeneration in the world.
NEW INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Completion of the new production plant in Orzinuovi AB, the largest area in the world dedicated to the production of cogeneration systems.
AB IN ROMANIA
Created a sales subsidiary in Bucharest, where in 2009 it acquired an important order for the largest Romanian company in the oil industry, Petrom.
ACQUISITION OF THE POLISH COMPANY KWE
AB acquires the corporate leadership of the company KWE Bialsko-Biala (Krakow), one of the leading companies in the Poland in the field of cogeneration.
AB IN SERBIA AND CROATIA
Growth continues with the opening of new offices in Serbia and Croatia.
AB IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
This creates a commercial branch in Prague, Czech Republic, a choice that was followed by the creation of 7 biogas plants with international partners in the country.
THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF AB
The excellent results of AB in Europe led to the decision to create a commercial basis in France, the Netherlands and Austria.
THE GREENHOUSE MARKET
Created the Dutch company GREENHOUSE POWER NETHERLANDS (GPN), of which AB is the majority shareholder, whose main purpose is the development of cogeneration with natural gas for the specific purpose of linking to the world of greenhouses.
The leadership of AB cogeneration surpasses European borders, and lands in Brazil – a very interesting market due to the potential offered by using biogas from landfills and in Canada, where it acquired a majority stake in the company’s most active sector, EUROPEAN POWER SYSTEMS (EPS).
AB AND STORM
AB ENERGY DEUTSCHLAND GMBH is created through a partnership with the German company AUGUST STORM GMBH & CO KG. It established a pan-European leader in assisting internal combustion engines. In this way, the newly formed company will offer the best product at the global level and “Made in Italy” logo, combined with the best service quality of Germany
AB IN THE UK
The international expansion program for our Group continues unabated involving established industrial economies and emerging markets. AB opened a branch in the United Kingdom that is based in London.
THE USA AND ISRAEL
AB ENERGY USA LLC has its headquarters in New Jersey and already has a strong plant built in the greenhouse sector and others in the planning stage. AB ENERGY ISRAEL LTD. It is 60% owned by AB Holding and 40% by ITEEO, an emerging engineering company, engaged in the development of the area of thermodynamics and CHP plants in various industrial sectors.
BIOGAS CHANNEL AND COGENERATION WEB CHANNELS
The Biogas Channel and Cogeneration Channel are launched, web channels that only stream videos crated and published by AB and dedicated to the world of cogeneration, biogas and biomethane.
GROWTH WITHOUT BORDERS
With a direct presence in these new important markets, Russia and Mexico, we confirm that our internationalization is not limited by borders, cultures and economies. All new regions function in commercial development, so that logistical and operational (Service) centers look to the future presence of AB.
LARGEST LANDFILL BIOGAS PLANT IN THE WORLD
The plant is located in Caieiras, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and is characterised by impressive numbers: 21 modules, 8,000 tons of waste treated per day and an installed capacity of 29.5 MW, able to supply electricity to a city of 300,000 inhabitants.
ECOMAX® IN TIMES SQUARE
The ECOMAX® 15 plant, powered by natural gas and installed on the roof of a building on Broadway in Manhattan, supplies electricity and heat to the entire building, which houses offices and shops.
Launch of doABle®, the new AB digitisation hub. It is one of the first laboratories in the world capable of applying new digital solutions to the cogeneration sector.
Launch of BIOCH4NGE®
BIOCH4NGE® is the AB solution dedicated to biomethane upgrading.
An efficient, modular and versatile system designed to revolutionise systems producing biogas.
The R&D department is launched, fully dedicated to product innovation and to the development of new technical solutions.