International projects

16
Apr

Martin Tauschke represents SUNfarming on the RENPOWER

Martin Tauschke, Managing Director of the SUNfarming Group, was invited to present SUNfarming at the RENPOWER POLAND 2019 – The Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investor Conference.

In the second session, “Next Steps on the Electricity Market Legislative Transformation,” Martin Tauschke will be the Prime Speaker on the topic of “FIT VS. PPA – legal frames from the investor’s view “presents. “The event was a very good opportunity to present SUNfarming’s competence in commercial project development including financing in general and our goals in the Polish market in particular to decision-makers from Polish and international banks as well as other stakeholders of the Polish solar market”, says Martin Tauschke. “PPA projects will become more important over the next few years, so that a long-term communication with all participants must start early.”

At the request of the organizer, Martin Tauschke also took over the moderation of the 4th session “Financing of and Investing in the Polish renewable energy developments”, in which the high-ranking representatives of European financial institutions such as the European Investment Bank, IFC International Finance Coperatipn, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as well as the subsidiary of Commerzbank AG, mBank, have discussed financing options for renewable energy investments in Poland.

About RENPOWER POLAND
This conference is hosted by Euroconvention Global in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the LATAM region.
RENPOWER POLAND gathered project developers, investors, IFIs, government representatives, engineering, consulting, banking, and legal entities.

29
Mar

SUNfarming Food & Energy provides emergency aid in Mozambique

The SUNfarming group from Erkner uses its years of experience in Africa and sends whole-food to the disaster area.

Tropical cyclone Idai has left a trail of devastation in southern Africa. In Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, around two million people are in urgent need of assistance. There is a lack of drinking water, food and medicines. Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi are among the poorest countries in the world. Where there used to be frequent drought, the few fertile fields are now under water. Rivers burst their banks, flash floods and landslides threaten settlements.
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything. The situation is dramatic.

The ambassador for Food Security in Africa, Dr. Brylyne Chitsunge of the African Parliament in Johannesburg has asked for support from Peter Schrum as President of the BRM (Federal Association for Regenerative Mobility e.V.).
Fast, unbureaucratic help was required. With Peter Schrum, the phone was no longer quiet until all necessary steps for a first aid delivery were initiated.
SUNfarming and our South African Food & Energy partners from CFAM Technologies today ship the first 10 tons of food aid to Mozambique. Transport from South Africa is organized by Coca Cola and distributed by Mozambique’s Ministry for Disaster Management to children and the elderly in the crisis areas.
The aid package, funded by SUNfarming, CFAM and Botselo Holdings, consists of the dry product Pre-Cooked Porridge, which consists of corn, soy, grains, minerals and vitamins. With only 14 euro cents per day, two whole-meal meals ensure the life of a person.

As a SUNfarming Group and BRM, we are happy to provide the needy with fast food emergency aid“, explains Peter Schrum, President of BRM and SUNfarming Chairman. „We have already developed the first porridge whole-foods based on our Food & Energy Public Private Partnership project launched at KfW / DEG since 2013, at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. In addition to the vegetable and fish production under the solar modules in the training center, SF Porridge was provided in the townships to provide basic services to our staff and trainees. The existing partnership with CFAM Technologies, led by Prof LJ Grobler, has enabled our fast and efficient relief effort to be delivered to Mozambique. Today, through years of experience and networks in Africa, we are able to provide large quantities of whole foods in 1 and 10 kilo packages for disaster areas and the needy at very low cost in the short term.
Our first aid delivery is leaving South Africa today. 10 tonnes of whole foods ensure survival for 10,000 children for three weeks.
Should additional funding be available, we will immediately send more trucks with food to Mozambique within a few days, “so Peter Schrum.

19
Mar

Save-the-date

Visit us at the Intersolar in Munich, the world’s largest solar fair,
from 15 May to 17 May 2019, hall A3, booth 250



Intersolar Europe, May 15-17, 2019

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany.

The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy. Since being founded 28 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

5
Mar

16th Latin American Conference at the DIHK in Berlin

SUNfarming and several other “handpicked” representatives of the German economy, including Lufthansa, Rauch agricultural machinery and the tourism associations were invited to a meeting with the Dominican Foreign Minister, Mr. Miguel Vargas.

Mr. Justus Vitinius, director of DEG / Latin America, started his presentation with the following introduction: “DEG finances projects like that of SUNfarming!
Also German Ambassador Dr. Volker Pellet underscored the importance of the SUNfarming projects for the German economy and also commented on the numerous advantages for the Dominican Republic. Mrs. Pfaff, director of the AHK in the Dominican Republic, agreed and also agreed to her support.

“In a subsequent, personal conversation, in which also the Dr. Volker Pellet participated, I had the opportunity to inform Foreign Minister Vargas in more detail about our concept SUNfarming Food & Energy. The Minister was very interested and said his support, “explains Holger Schönherr, Manager Project Development for SUNfarming

Other interested interlocutors included Mrs. Florencia Vilanova de von Oehsen, the Ambassador of El Salvador and the Ambassador of the Jamaican Embassy, Mrs. Keisha Karl Witter.

18
Feb

SUNfarming Hybrid Training Center in the Bahamas

Unique is the combination of several technologies for renewable energies.

The Caribbean region is highly dependent on imported fossil fuels to generate energy, resulting in higher CO2 emissions and electricity prices of up to 0.40 USD / kWh. These prices prevent growth in many economies in the region and lead to high business costs. Another important issue in the Caribbean is food security, where up to 80% of the food consumed has been imported.

SUNfarming Agro-Solar greenhouses or as modified free-field plants and biofuels made of 100% waste oil (UCO) are combined to form a hybrid system. The same land area is used for the production of food, electricity and heat energy. Jobs will be created in agriculture and in renewable energies. At the same time it serves as a training center for students and interested locals for e.g. Electromobility, photovoltaics and combined heat and power generation and form the technological basis for capacity building, research and technology transfer.
Emissions, energy and food costs are reduced, and future generations will be informed about the benefits of the hybrid system.

The Hybrid Training Center (HTC) is scalable and a turnkey solution that can be deployed throughout the Caribbean
. It shows how the production of food, electricity and heat energy can be combined and used permanently on islands where land is limited.
The Hybrid Training Center will demonstrate the conditions for developing an economic model that will contribute to the independence of the Caribbean countries in relation to fossil fuels, the environment and the environment in a model facility dedicated to the topics of SF Food & Energy and fuel efficiency management at bioltec Improving the quality of life of their inhabitants.

Some benefits for society and the environment in numbers:

– 10,000 kWh of solar energy
– 10-15 kg of tomatoes per plant
– Up to 90% water savings
– 40,000 kWh of electricity CHP
– 16,000 liters of UCO converted into biofuel
– 80,000 kWh of thermal energy CHP
– 40 t of CO2 savings
– 95% greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil diesel
– Typically 50% less toxic exhaust gases (with similar NOx)
– Training in hydroponics, PV technology, electromobility and water saving in agriculture
– Local and independent domestic food and energy production

Read some press releases for the opening (German, Spanish):

Deutsche Energie Agentur (dena). Energiewende als Unterrichtsfach: Trainingscenter auf den Bahamas

Topagrar, Pilotprojekt Gewächshaus mit Photovoltaikanlage

Erneuerbare Energien: SUNfarming baut Agrophotovoltaik-Inselanlage auf den Bahamas

pv magazine Lateinamerika (Spanisch): las Bahamas tendra un centro hibrido de fuentes de energia renovable

11
Feb

Training at Solar Training Center

We can help you become a solar PV expert!

The SUNfarming/Alensys Solar Training Center South Africa is now in operation since more than 5 years and was realised within a PPP Public Private Partnership program supported by the German DEG/KfW. The most important partner is the North-West University in Potchefstroom.

The SUNfarming Solar Food & Energy Training Centre, already in the 3rd year of operation after completion of the Public Private Partnership, offers training opportunities for students, electricians, teachers from high schools as well as start-up companies and municipal representatives from different regions and departments in South Africa. The training centre, continuously in further expansion for more training opportunities, is in full time operation and delivers fresh vegetables to the North West University Campus, a food store in Potchefstroom (Pick&Pay) as well as several catering service companies.
All SF bio food products with grade A quality are supplied to the prime quality customer Pick&Pay, all secondary quality products are directly marketed by the local SUNfarming trainees and employees in the township locations of Potchefstroom. With this, the employees earn some extra money and thus become small entrepreneurs, partially with own employers already.

The training facility was transferred to our expert skills transfer company SUNCybernetics PTY LTD (SUNCy), under the lead of North West University doctoral student Faure van Schalkwyk. This training company is exclusively used for know-how and skills transfer in the fields of solar technology and food production, operating on a cost covering, non-profit base to ensure constant high quality trainings.
After 6 years of experience, we can confirm the effectiveness of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) with its cooperative structures like DEG/KfW, and German Medium Size Companies, like SUNfarming and Alensys, for a continuous education and training program, as long as the PPP investment is kept in the hand of the German Medium Size Company.

More than 1,000 training sessions have been held so far at the SF Solar Training Center and SF Food & Energy Training Center for participants from across Africa.

Please see our first Solar Training Center marketing video and what participants say:
Newest marketing video Solar Training Center South Africa