STEPSAHEAD – optimising industrial energy systems

The company

STEPSAHEAD was founded in 2016 by Michael Barnick and Harald Blazek.
  • STEPSAHEAD has set itself the task of further developing technology to boost the energy efficiency of district heating systems, biomass furnaces and general industrial plants beyond the current state of the art. The company’s guiding principle is to take an unbiased view of energy technology in order to find new, forward-looking paths that are reliable, economical and environment conscious.
  • STEPSAHEAD supplies turnkey plants with absorption machines. This includes everything from the design concept, engineering and installation to long-term service contracts and “sale of energy” models.
  • For our customers, we develop tailored heating and cooling solutions starting at about 1 MW
  • After several years of experience with different manufacturers of absorption machines, in 2023 STEPSAHEAD has taken over the general representation for Hope Deepblue for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • STEPSAHEAD solutions are optimised according to each customer’s needs, with a focus on the efficient and reliable operation of the entire plant.

Michael Barnick, CTO

Expert for the design and simulation of
lithium bromide absorption machines and
related projects. Active in the field of thermal power plants up
to 600 MW since 1998, independent
entrepreneur since 2001.

Harald Blazek, CEO

Expert in lithium bromide absorption
machines. Since 2002 internationally active in industrial
plant engineering, including 10 years in the
field of energy efficiency and renewables.

Wilhelm Schmidt, Project Manager

Design, engineering and project management,
Quality management and control engineering,
technical documentation
Active in the field of small biomass furnaces, development, control engineering, environmental and quality management since 1996.

Harald Schrammel, Project Manager

Design, engineering and project management, commissioning and maintenance, sales and marketing. Since 2005, active in the field of planning, construction, optimisation as well as consulting, R&D and quality management of biomass district heating plants, CHP-plants and renewable district heating.

Tin Lok Wong, Project Manager

Engineering and project management,
control engineering, technical documentation, commissioning and maintenance
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Kerstin Barnick-Braun, Back Office

Brigitte Schicho, Controlling/Back Office

STEPSAHEAD´s team is supported by additional freelancers as needed.