Autonomous ROBOTICS

From the lab to worldwide commercialization

The concept behind Energy Robotics started at TU Darmstadt with “Team Hector”. There, we won numerous awards for our pioneering work in the field of autonomous inspection robots. In 2017, our team decisively won the international ARGOS Challenge organized by the Oil and Gas company, Total. This was the first-ever recognized prototype of an autonomous ground robot capable of carrying out complex remote inspections and monitoring missions aboard oil and gas platforms. We were showered with glowing words of praise from all quarters for showcasing the potential of Germany in being the centre of AI and Robotics.

Our success at the ARGOS Challenge sparked the idea of creating a business out of our software. It laid the foundations for the successful application of robot software for industrial inspections. That’s when we decided on our mission of using autonomous robots to increase operational efficiency and keeping people out of harm’s way. By pursuing our mission, we envision to be leaders in autonomous robotics.

Since 2019, the first commercial robots brain-powered by Energy Robotics are serving our customers. The robots are already in use on 4 continents and have covered over 20,000 km in autonomous inspection rounds. Our team has grown exponentially in recent times and now consists of over 50 passionate employees working on different aspects of our robot software. We proudly serve industry leaders such as Shell, BASF and E-on to name a few and strive to provide a continuously safer and cost-efficient solution for automated industrial inspections.

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Chancellor Merkel on our AI Software

Here we really have a jewel in questions of artificial intelligence with all its subareas. We know that the international competition here is very tough, but Darmstadt shows that Germany can be in the vanguard. That is very good news and I am pleased.

Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Our Partners

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We brain-power Ex-certified robots from ExRobotics with our end-to-end software solution
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Our cloud infrastructure is supported by AWS
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The interactive graphics on our platform is provided by NVIDIA
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Digital innovation partner for the chemical industry
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Our software platform seamlessly connects to HUVR's inspection data management platform
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We are proud to be a member of Germany's largest AI network
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Leading robot Experts

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Marc Dassler
  • Serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in building successful global businesses
  • World championship in RoboCup Soccer 4-legged league
  • Experienced Software Engineer and Tech enthusiast

Chief Product Officer, Co-Founder
Dr. Dorian Scholz
  • Received a doctoral degree from TU Darmstadt for his research in robotics
  • Lead of web and mobile user interface
  • Lead of cloud-based software
  • Responsible for IT security
  • Multiple World Champion in RoboCup Soccer humanoid and 4-legged leagues

Chief Operations Officer, Co-Founder
Dr. Alberto Romay
  • Received a doctoral degree from TU Darmstadt for his research in robotics
  • Lead of software and hardware qualification
  • Lead of Robot DevOps
  • Lead of autonomous robot behaviours
  • Expert in robotic manipulation and grasping

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder
Dr. Stefan Kohlbrecher
  • Team Lead at ARGOS Challenge, DARPA Robotics Challenge and RoboCup Rescue
  • Received a doctoral degree from TU Darmstadt for his research in robotics
  • Lead of robotics and AI
  • Developer of Hector SLAM, one of the most widely used open source algorithms in research and industry for simultaneous localization and mapping
Vice President Partnerships a.i.
Dominik Neuwirth
  • 15+ years in building successful high-growth business 
  • Mechatronics engineer with a passion for digital transformation
  • Expert in AI and cloud native business models
  • Lead of partnerships, ecosystem, and alliances

Vice President Customer Success & Global Sales
Vladimir Margolin
  • Sales leader with 14+ years' experience in B2B industries
  • Building, developing & growing international sales teams 
  • High expertise in development & implementation of go-to-market strategies
  • Partner management & development of global partner network 

Professor at TU Darmstadt, Senior Advisor, Co-Founder
Prof. Oskar von Stryk
  • Professional and scientific mentor and consultant
  • Internationally recognized expert with more than 25 years of expertise in autonomous robotics and more than 250 publications
  • 6 years of founding experience in robotics industry

Agile Coach
Janis Dirveiks
  • Agile practitioner with 10+ years of experience in leading software development process
  • Has led multiple large-scale agile transformations in banking and fintech
  • Expertise in project and product management
  • Skilled in organizational coaching, process design, and teamwork training

Office Manager & People Specialist
Rachel Krebs
  • Responsible for office programs, culture, and services to enhance the overall in-office employee experience
  • Partner with the people, legal, project, and finance teams to support people’s team, keeping track of processes, purchasing and invoicing
  • Master's in counseling psychology with 10+ years in business operations and office management

Solution Architect & Product Owner
Marian Dittmer
  • Product owner and cloud solution architect
  • 10+ years of experience building large scale micro-service cloud solutions
  • Enthusiastic about robots, clean coding, and breaking down problems such that we can quickly deliver high customer value

Head of Customer Support
Carlos Gracia Sola
  • 10+ years in robotics pioneering automated solutions for companies in manufacturing, logistics, food, clothing etc.
  • Successfully led multiple robotics projects from initial pilots to fully autonomous systems
  • Mechatronics engineer with a focus on robotics and automation
Head of People & Culture
Sarah Davoine
  • HR leader and expert with proven track record in scaling international teams
  • People analytics enthusiast striving for continuous improvement in employee wellbeing and organizational culture
  • Experienced in setting up efficient processes and fostering connections among employees

Head of AI
Hafez Farazi
  • Leading a team of ML experts in the research and development of cloud-based and on-robot skills
  • PhD candidate in computer science, boasting over 10 years of experience across various robotic systems
  • Won multiple first-place rankings in international RoboCup competitions across different leagues

Head of Drone Program
Marius Beul
  • Head of the Energy Robotics Drone Program
  • PhD in Robotics with 10+ years of experience with drones and robots
  • Expert in planning, navigation, and control
  • Participated in many international robotics competitions like DRC, MBZIRC, Euroc etc.

Dr. Dirk Thomas
  • Technical lead for ROS 2 and Lead for ROS 1 Core
  • Expert in the ROS community, 8+ years at Willow Garage / Open Robotics
  • Senior Software Architect at NVIDIA

Marketing Manager
Sribalaji Setlur
  • Storyteller, word-weaver, number-cruncher
  • Empowering sales through high-quality lead generation
  • Proven record in B2B digital marketing
  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering and Management


The founding principle and mission of Energy Robotics is to use autonomous robotics for a better tomorrow. We passionately support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) charted by the United Nations and empower our customers to contribute to 5 of these goals.

Make your operations sustainable by onboarding autonomous robotic inspection.
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Be it our mission or our work culture, we put people first. If you are inspired by our mission of applying autonomous robotics to solve real-world problems and are passionate about making a difference, we’d like to hear from you. We’re not just making robots smarter; we’re building a better tomorrow through autonomous robotics.
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The robot now fully autonomously takes pictures of the gauges, reads them and sends them to our data historians. So, the end-to-end data flow is already fully automated.

Berry Mulder, Asset Future Transformation Lead, Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.


Energy Robotics' autonomous inspection solution has convinced us that mobile robots are able to perform inspection tasks consistently and to reliably provide accurate information.

Dr. Uwe Piechottka, Process Technology & Engineering at Evonik


The automated robotic inspection in substations is opening a new chapter for us as an energy supplier. We are pleased that Energy Robotics is supporting us so competently in the challenging project of automating our inspection tasks.

Michael Renghart, Head of Planning/Construction of Substations and Switching Stations at Bayernwerk