SUNfarming/ALENSYS and the North-West University celebrated the opening of the first Food & Energy Training Centre in South Africa.
The 12th of October was an exciting day for SUNfarming/ALENSYS and our partners. Together with more than 150 guests from all over Africa, including stakeholders from politics, business and universities, the opening session was held on the Campus of the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
After Prof Frika J van Rendsburg, Rector of the NWU cut the ribbon, the guests were invited to visit the solar green-houses accompanied by trainers, explaining the project and answering questions.
In his speech Prof LJ Grobler, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering especially emphasized the function of the NWU as a renewable research and development university towards sustainable communities. “We as a University form the basis of education and from here we can replicate it to other Universities and other regions through agreements between our university and other universities”, so Prof LJ Grobler.
“The students that have been trained here at our first and unique Food & Energy Training Centre can help us to roll out the investments to the rest of Africa. We see the cooperation with the NWU as a development nucleus for other universities and partners”, said Peter Schrum, main shareholder and founder of SUNfarming, in his speech to the audience. “The benefits for citizens and local government are endless! This project will facilitate broad base community participation with long-term ownership, sustainable Food & Energy production and job security benefits with a strong training component to those who need it most,” Schrum adds.
Interesting videos and articles published after the opening:
North-West University video: Communities to benefit from farming with the sun
News on SABC:
Article in Bloemfontein Courant: SUNfarming Food & Energy
Article in New Age Daily Newspaper: SUNfarming initiative will provide food and energy
In a record time of only 4 months SUNfarming has successfully completed 5 more solar parks, for 31th of March 2016, with a total capacity of 19 MW, including the transformers and grid connection. Despite adverse soil conditions and poor weather conditions 200 mechanics and engineers have done an excellent job.
As in 2015, the first cooperation with our English partner, Ethical Power LTD, this project was very professionally handled and implemented in time.
SUNfarming could for the majority deliver quality-tested SUNfarming solar modules. The substructures were delivered by our sister company SOLprime from Kiel that secured us the best SUNfarming quality and smooth handling.
Our solar parks are among the best on the UK’s solar market. Together with investors and project developers, we are already working on the successful realization of new projects worldwide.
(PPProject Alensys AG, supported by the KfW/DEG on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development). For the first time the SUNfarming Food & Energy training concept was realized by our partner company ALENSYS with the support of KfW DEG.
Food & Energy Project provides jobs and education, food and energy and infrastructure where they are currently needed. European technologies and through PPP partnership with industry, long-term reliable management of systems, secure investments.
Delegations from all over Africa visited the SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Centre in South Africa.
On our delegation day on the 03rd of May 2016, enthusiastic professors, politicians and businessmen from all over Africa, f. e. Kenya, Botswana, Ghana and Zambia, have visited the SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Centre on the Campus of the North-West University Potchefstroom in South Africa.
The SUNfarming Food & Energy project shows the unique chance of cooperation about the land borders away. All delegates showed big interest in the possibility of a partnership of your university in this unique project.
Prof. Frik van Niekerk, Vice President of the North-West University, stressed the wish of his university to want to serve as a nucleus for the fair knowledge exchange between the involved universities. Master students of all African countries are educated in the Food & Energy train-the-trainer courses in Potchefstroom by Alensys and SUNfarming specialists. This knowledge the new Master Trainer can pass in their country. First Expressions of Interest have been successfully signed.
With the PPP-Project “Food-and-Energy” we enhance our efforts not only to ensure for energy security, but also at the same time our solar-microclimate-greenhouse is ensuring a sustainable food supply with a water consumption that is kept to a minimum. Food and Energy Plants are a keydriver in combating unemployment in ressource poor areas, in crisis area and developing countries.
1 MW Food-and-Energy Plant, erected on 1,8 ha in Southern Africa or the Middle East, delivers in 1 year:
490 000 kg of local produced food, 1700 MWh renewable solar energy, 83000 tons of CO2 savings, 75-100 sustainable jobs and trainings facilities.
SUNfarming is building Food-and-Energy Training-Centres
Students, teachers and community members are trained in intergration of sustainable PV-technology and breeding, modern irrigation, harvest, packaging, marketing and sales in local markets. As a first project SUNfarming is supporting their partner company Alensys AG with the PPP-project “Food-and-Energy” in cooperation with the DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) in South Africa
SUNfarming is in contact with countries like Namibia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Pastikan to develop projects with an average size of 10 MWp. With the experience of more than 400 MW realised PV-projects worldwide, thereof 70 MW owned by SUNfarming, together with german and international state bodies we certainly have an important contribution in the structural development in developing countries and crisis areas:
– energy security with renewable energy
– food production with water-saving drip-irrigation (hydroponics)
– sustainable trainings and jobs
EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE ENERGY TRANSITION. WE ARE MAKING IT.
As if on command, the sun was shining at the grand opening of our solar-training-center in Lima.
In cooperation with SENATI (Servicio Nacional de Adiestramiento en Trabajo industrial de Perú) and the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) SUNfarming inmplemented the new PPP Project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Many interested guests from the world of politics and business attended the opening.
All SUNfarming PV-training plants were installed within the trainings by teachers of electrical engineering at SENATI under the leadership of SUNfarming experts. At the trainings the teachers will be trained in solar energy efficiency.
SUNfarming at the Intersolar in Munich with a new booth and sustainable, trendsetting ideas.
Three successful day at the trade fair lie behind us. We realized less exhibitors than the last years, but a rising in quality of the exhibitors and visitors. SUNfarming seized the chance, not only to present their large range of business area to the audience, but also could we have ascertained business conversations regarding current and upcoming projects with customers and suppliers, as well as with banks and financing partners.