SUNfarming Food & Energy
Training Concept


Food & Energy Concept provides jobs and education, food and energy and infrastructure where they are urgently needed. European technologies and through PPP partnerships with the industry, long-term and reliable management of the projects, ensure the investment.

Our goal is to work in partnership with local partners and universities in your country, in the realization and operation of “SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Projects”.

Example

SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Project South Africa

The SUNfarming Food & Energy Project is a PPP project that was implemented by the partner company Alensys in South Africa for the first time with the help of KfW / DEG on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This unique combination ensures effective food production and, at the same time, a sustainable energy supply through photovoltaics. The Food & Energy Training Project provides knowledge transfer in food production in greenhouses for master trainers and students. In resource-poor areas or in crises, people from the region are trained as foremen in special food production in food & energy facilities. The income situation of the people is sustainably improved.

Project partners


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SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Projekt


Education – Jobs – Food Production – Energy Security – Water Management
Based on their own developments, SUNfarming and its sister company SOLprime have developed a unique agro-solar substructure for greenhouses for Alensys. The roof is partly covered with solar modules for energy production. 15 agro-solar greenhouses have been installed on the site of the NWU University and can be used permanently for practical training and research. This unique combination ensures effective food production and at the same time a sustainable energy supply through PV. The Food & Energy Training Project provides knowledge transfer in food production in greenhouses for master trainers and students. In resource-poor areas or in crises, people from the region are trained as foremen in special food production in food & energy facilities. The income situation of the people is sustainably improved.

The project offers a number of highly interesting opportunities for development policy:

  • At the same site of PV energy production, food is produced using water-saving technology
  • Sustainable jobs are created in developing countries and crises, while maintaining their own supply of food and securing energy supply through photovoltaics, up to 50 jobs per hectare of PV
  • Improve the level of education of the persons involved. The acquired knowledge can also be used for a later return
  • Creation of direct income, thereby promoting the motivation and identification of the stakeholders with the project, as well as the relief of public financiers
  • Contribution to food production, thereby improving the nutritional situation
  • Promoting sustainable energy generation by combining solar PV with the agricultural project part
  • The concept is scalable. The project can be extended, with corresponding multiplication of the effects


  • “As a university, we form the foundation of education and from here we can replicate it to other universities and other regions through agreements between our university and other universities, “said Prof. LJ Grobler, North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa

    Prof. LJ Grobler
    North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa


  • Opening of the first Food & Energy Training Center in South Africa


    Prof LJ Grobler, Dean Faculty of Engineering, North-West University Potchefstroom Campus, Peter Schrum Founder SUNfarming

    SUNfarming/Alensys and North-West University have officially opened the first Food & Energy Training Center in South Africa.
    More than 150 guests from the worlds of politics, business and universities from across Africa participated in the opening ceremony on the NWU campus in Potchefstroom. After Prof Frika J van Rendsburg, the rector of the NWU, had cut the ribbon, the guests had the opportunity to visit the solar greenhouses, accompanied by knowledgeable experts who answered all questions.
    In his speech Prof LJ Grobler, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, emphasized the university’s special role as a research and development university for renewable energies for a sustainable cohabitation. All delegates showed great interest in the possibility of a partnership of your university in this unique project. The North West University, emphasized its desire to operate as a nucleus for the partnership-based exchange of knowledge between the universities involved. Master students from all African countries are trained in the Train-The-Trainer courses in Potchefstroom by SUNfarming specialists in Food & Energy. The new Master Trainers in your country can pass on this knowledge to students and people from the region. First statements of interests between universities and SUNfarming were successfully signed.


  • “The students trained here at our first and unique Food & Energy Training Center can help us multiply the investment in Africa. We see the collaboration with the NWU as a development center for other universities and partners, “said Peter Schrum, principal shareholder and founder of SUNfarming, in his speech to the public.
    “The benefits for citizens and municipalities are endless! This project offers a broad participation of municipalities in long-term ownership, sustainable food and energy production and job security with a strong training component for those who need it most.”

    Peter Schrum, Erkner
    Founder of the SUNfarming Group

  • Our goal is to work in partnership with local partners and universities in your country, in the realization and operation of “SUNfarming Food & Energy Training” projects.



    Our partners


    Educational institutions

    Long-term partnerships between universities and local education institutions, communities and SUNfarming with the focus on food and energy, providing the latest agricultural technologies.

    Communities and municipalities

    Partnership for the training of local people in the fields of agriculture, solar energy and e-mobility systems with high-quality materials “German Quality Controlled”.
    1 MW installed Food & Energy plant creates up to 50 new jobs and help for self-help

    Project developer

    Market analyzes, location development
    Planning of investments in larger, commercially used food & energy plants



    Investment partners

    Development funds, PV energy funds, banks, private investors.
    German technology and know-how in energy and agricultural engineering.

    Vegetable wholesaler

    Quality controlled organic vegetables are produced regionally.
    Guaranteed freshness through short transport distances. Only short-term intermediate cooling required.
    Direct supply of local markets.




    The role of public institutions is crucial to the success of the project. SUNfarming is convinced that Power Purchase Agreements with local governments guarantee a successful basis for long-term cooperation.

    Contact International

     

    Karel Jooste

    Director– SUNfarming South Africa and Kenya
    Tel. +49 (0)3362 88 59 185
    k.jooste@sunfarming.de

    Markus Koehn

    Project Manager – SUNfarming South Africa
    Tel. +27 (0) 18 294 4007
    m.koehn@sunfarming.co.za

    David Morr

    Project Engineer – SUNfarming Germany
    Tel. +49 (0) 3362 8859 123
    d.morr@sunfarming.de


    Interesting links:

    University of Nairobi: www.physics.uonbi.ac.ke
    Potchefstroom Campus News: Food & Energy Training Center
    Potchefstroom Campus News, 12/09/2016: Video Food & Energy Training Center