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5
Nov

SUNfarming presents project at G20 Investment Summit 2019

Our Food & Energy Training Project for Togo will be presented at the G20 Investment Summit – German Business and the Compact with Africa Countries on 19/11/2019 in the session “German Direct Investment in Africa -The Rise of the Compact with Africa”.

As part of the G20 initiative Compact with Africa (CwA), for the second time Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the twelve heads of state and government of the African Compact partner countries as well as South Africa to Berlin as G20 partner of the initiative for November 19, 2019.

On this occasion, the Africa Association of German Business, together with the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI), organizes the “G20 Investment Summit 2019 – German Business and the CwA Countries” in Berlin. The investor conference is under the patronage of Chancellor Dr. Ing. Angela Merkel. The Chancellor will take part in the conference together with her guests and open it up solemnly.

The conference is aimed at high-ranking representatives of German companies and their partners from the African CwA partner countries. The focus is on lighthouse projects of German companies and economic reform projects in the CwA countries.

The event will feature companies with Africa commitments – and those with investment projects in CwA countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia), but also with projects in other countries – the opportunity to position oneself in a high-level political environment with strong media support and to make current activities visible.

“We are pleased to be presenting our Food & Energy Training Project for Togo to such an important audience at the G20 Summit. After nearly 20 years of project experience in Africa, we can say that only in a politically stable country with the help of reliable local partners such as Prince Lorenzo of Togo, European technologies, PPP partnerships with industry and long-term and reliable project management are safe investments guaranteed, “explains Peter Schrum, founder and main shareholder of the SUNfarming Group.

“With the help of KfW / DEG and GIZ, Food & Energy has been further developed over the last 12 years as PP partnership projects, so that it is economically scalable and can now be reliably implemented in Togo at 60ha with 30 MWp of energy output. The project can provide training and a job for up to 30,000 people within just 10 years”, continues Peter Schrum.

5
Nov

Laying of the foundation stone in Madagascar for 5 MW SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Center

On 19. October, the President of Madagascar solemnly laid the foundation for the first food and energy training center in Madagascar. In Antsirabe and at three other locations, over a total area of 40 ha, 20 MWp Food & Energy training centers will supply the island with apprenticeship places and green electricity.
In the first construction phase, 5 MW will be realized.

More than 250 guests from politics, business and universities participated in the solemn laying of the foundation stone in Antsirabe on 19. October 2019.

The ceremony was opened with the speech of the Minister of Higher Education, Professor Blanche Nirina Richard and Minister of Energy Mr. Vonjy Andriamanga. The President of Madagascar, His Excellency Mr Andry Rajoelina, emphasized in his speech the great importance of the Food & Energy project for Madagascar, both to support the region in power generation and to educate people in the innovative areas of Food & Energy.

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country’s economy is largely based on agriculture, mining, fishing and textile production. The average Madagascan earns only about US $ 1 per day and 70% of the Malagasy live below the World poverty line. Almost half of Madagascar’s children under five are malnourished. According to the WHO and UNICEF, access to clean drinking water is less than one in two islanders. About one third of the population are illiterate. Among other things food and oil are imported.

The first SUNfarming 5 MW Food & Energy Training Center on Madagascar offers highly interesting perspectives for development policy

5 megawatt Food & Energy Training Center on 10 ha means per year:
• 1,000 training places in organic farming and solar technology
• up to 500 tons of organic vegetables
• chicken breeding and egg production
• 9.0 million kWh of clean energy
• 7,500,000 kg CO2 savings

40 hectares of SUNfarming Food & Energy Trainigsanlagen are used 50% for the cultivation of vegetables.
For the power supply of the Institute of Antsirabe, SUNfarming will install a 10 kWp battery-powered island system.
For the first time, the classrooms used for lectures receive light and electricity.

The Food & Energy Training Center has great potential to train students and those interested in the following areas:

· Photovoltaics and self-sufficient energy technologies;
· Production of organic vegetables;
· Chicken farming and egg production
· Agricultural practices and technologies;
· Food processing and packaging;
· Food Marketing and Market Management;
· Aquaponics (Water and Hydroculture)
· Practical experience and competence development.

“We see the cooperation with the university as a development center for other universities and partners. We’ve signed a contract with the University of Madagascar and the Ministry of Education, “explains Peter Schrum, principal shareholder and founder of SUNfarming.
“SUNfarming will help train up to 20,000 students and apprentices in organic food and solar technology over the next 10 years.
“The benefits for citizens and communities are endless! This project offers a strong training component, sustainable food and energy production and job security for those who need it most,” adds Peter Schrum.

5
Nov

SUNfarming Hybrid Training Center Bahamas rightly bears the title hurricane resistant!

We are relieved that our employees and partners in the Bahamas are all well. Now our team was able to send us first pictures of the situation on site: our SUNfarming Hybrid Training Center survived the hurricane “Dorian” without damage!


“Dorian” – one of the strongest ever recorded tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean – caused storm surges with five and a half to seven meter high waves. The storm raged over the Bahamas for three days. Wind gusts reached speeds of up to 350 km / h. According to the Red Cross, about 13,000 houses were destroyed.

Every year, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are hit by severe tropical storms. It is therefore essential for sustainable management that our training facilities withstand these catastrophes.

In the Bahamas, our hurricane resistant SUNfarming SP Food & Energy substructures and glass / glass solar panels with special fixings have proven this in an impressive way. The photos of our employees clearly show that the greenhouse design details of the Food & Energy training facility developed by SUNfarming rightly bears the title hurricane-resistant.


SUNfarming Hybrid Training Center in the Bahamas

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
50 employees
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

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.

14
Oct

SF Food & Energy for Syrian Refugees

Near the Syrian border in Turkey, another SUNfarming Food & Energy training project is launched this month. The aim of this Food & Energy project in Osmaniye is to provide people with training with a future perspective.

On 2 ha of solar park, additional solar nets and barriers will be installed under the solar tables, allowing the keeping of free-range chickens. Trainings and jobs will be created for Syrian refugees in the fields of solar technology, electromobility and organic egg production. The training program consists of practical and theoretical lessons. The theory lesson takes place in a purpose-built training center. Directly connected to this complex is a shop which is also operated by trainees. Here, the agricultural products according to eu standard produced products , are sold directly and impart practical and theoretical business knowledge to trainees.

This project was made possible as a large PPP (Private Partnership Project) through the support of the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), run by Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency.

“Education and jobs are being created, food supplies and sustainable energy production are contributing to a responsible, safe way of life and giving people here a future perspective for a later return to their homeland, explains Peter Schrum SUNfarming founder and main shareholder.
“We would like to thank DEG for making the” Blue Print ” for bigger investments in Syria possible with this large Food & Energy training facility, continues Peter Schrum.

For this project, special substructures and brackets were developed by our subsidiary SOLprime, which makes it possible to raise the solar tables up to 4 m. Working under the tables is thus easily and effectively possible. To protect the chickens, additional nets were installed between the solar tables. Special laying devices according to the EU Organic Regulation, designed by SUNfarming in cooperation with German laying hens specialists and transported in individual parts to Osmaniye, were already assembled in first training sessions by Syrian trainees.

22
Jul

SUNfarming wins Energy Globe Award 2019!

2017 the Intersolar Award, 2018 in the TOP 3 for the GreenTec Award and in 2019 SUNfarming wins the Energy Globe Award National Bahamas. Our project “The Hybrid Center Bahamas -Green My Generation” convinced the jury.

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2,000 projects submitted each year, the Energy Globe Award is currently the world’s most prestigious environmental award. It recognizes projects at the regional, national and global level that conserve resources such as energy or use renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies take place all over the world. Celebrities and Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support Energy Globe’s mission. Energy Globe’s activities attract media attention worldwide – international television stations report about 1,000 hours of air time each year. The aim of the Energy Globe is to draw worldwide attention to sustainable, universally applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to become active in this area as well.

“We are proud of our project and the performance of our team and are pleased that the uniqueness of our project has been rewarded with the Energy Globe Award.The Hybrid Center Bahamas is intended as a test facility for hurricane resistant special solar panels and substructures a blue print for other larger facilities in areas where there is no network access”, explains Peter Schrum, SUNfarming founder and principal shareholder.

SUNfarming also qualified for this year’s Energy Globe World Award by winning the Energy Globe National Award.

Together with bioltec Systems GmbH, SUNfarming has developed a training and demonstration center for the Bahamas for renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility – the Bahamas Hybrid Center. Partners include 700 Island Energy and Windsor High School. The Bahamas Hybrid Center is installed at Windsor High School in Albany, Nassau.

The Caribbean region is highly dependent on imported fossil fuels and food.
The Windsor High School imports all of their food for the student’s cafeteria from outside the country. More than 80% of the Nation of the Bahamas does the same due to a systemic failure in agricultural development and incentives. The Windsor school is provided energy from the national power grid which receives electricity generated from large diesel engines consuming blends of fuel oil and diesel fuel.

The goal of the Hybrid Center Bahamas is to instruct and demonstrate on the topics of SUNfarming Food & Energy, electromobility and bioltec’s fuel efficiency management (renewable fuels) in an alliance with 700 Islands Energy to create the conditions for the development of an economic model that will contribute to the independence of the Caribbean countries in terms of fossil fuels as well as food and water security.

Since the installation of the SUNfarming and bioltec system, a portion the food and energy consumed by Windsor Schools is not produced renewably and sustainably. In addition the basics of photovoltaics and agriculture along with the specific of operating the hybrid center are now included in the science curriculum of the school. So students and faculty are able to operate the hybrid center and instruct others on the value of such systems.

This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

22
May

successful Intersolar 2019 for SUNfarming

In 2019, the SUNfarming Group again participated with a competent team at the world’s leading trade fair for the solar industry.

As every year, the interest in our products and projects has been great and our SUN farmers have had many concrete discussions with local and international partners from Europe, Africa and Latin America in order to initiate projects and to further develop current projects. In addition, contacts with suppliers and technical production partners and banks as well as international financing institutions were expanded. The DKB (Deutsche Kreditbank AG) and the ING Bank visited our stand, as well as the international banks FMO (Dutch Development Bank) and the World Bank subsidiary IFC, to discuss the development of relations in the financing of German and international projects of the SUNfarming Group.

Delegations, among others from Angola, Brazil and the Congo, learned in conversations with our expert project managers about the outstanding developmental possibilities of our product
“SUNfarming Food & Energy”.

“The demand for on-roof PV systems for commercial and industrial plants with an installed capacity of less than 750 kWp has risen sharply. From December 2018 to February 2019, we completed 9.14 megawatts. Together with the ground-mounted systems with less than 750 kWp, we have a volume of approx. 20 MW in Germany alone, which we realized in our own investment in the last six months, “explains Martin Hinneburg, Head of Purchasing and Calculation.

“We are very satisfied with the fair days! In addition to existing customer care, we were able to make many new contacts, which will be very helpful to us on the path of internationalization of the project business. We will exhibit again at Intersolar next year, “says Martin Tauschke, CEO of SUNfarming.

2
Apr

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.

20
Dec

6 x 750 kWp SUNfarming solar plants

With a total order value of 6 million euros, four ground-mounted systems and two rooftop systems, each rated at 750 kWp in Germany, were successfully completed by SUNfarming GmbH.

The municipalities of Reisdorf, Wegleben, Wolmirsleben, Harzgerode, Hennickendorf and Zahna are committed to sustainability with the construction of solar energy systems, thus making a valuable contribution to a regional energy supply. The plants were partly completed in November or EEG compliant completed until 31th of decembre this year, the grid connection is a short time later.
Each 750 kWp plant supplies clean and green electricity for more than 240 households. The CO2 savings per plant are 440,000 kg / year, on average as many as 165 middle-class cars (8l / 100km) emit per year.

“Our range of investors spans the entire breadth, from project development to service and monitoring, all from one source. We have developed a unique quality assurance system for banks and investors. Our PV components are based exclusively on high-quality materials. In addition to the certification by the TÜV Rheinland and the Photovoltaikinstitut Berlin, SUNfarming experts for quality assurance check the module factories unannounced and monitor the production for all technical components according to a particularly strict system.
An average of 7% additional capacity from our systems over the past few years confirms the premium quality of our components, “explains Martin Tauschke, SUNfarming Managing Director.

12
Dec

First Hybrid Center for Renewable Energy in the Bahamas

The first SUNfarming/bioltec Hybrid Center for renewable electricity and renewable mobility in the Bahamas was inaugurated on 10th December.

The Bahamas Hybrid Center offers renewable electricity and renewable mobility combined with food production, all coupled to a one-site training programme – a very unique concept.
The German companies SUNfarming GmbH and bioltec systems GmbH , in cooperation with the Bahamian company 700 Islands Energy, have set up a hybrid center for renewable energies at the Windsor High School in Albany, Nassau.This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

More than 40 political, business and university guests attended the opening ceremony on the campus of Windsor High School.
After the opening speech by Peter Schrum, company founder and main shareholder of SUNfarming, guests had the opportunity to visit the center, accompanied by knowledgeable experts who gladly answered all questions.

In this Hybrid Center, a greenhouse with roof integrated photovoltaic panels, electricity is generated from sunlight, while vegetables, fruits, flowers or medicinal herbs are grown indoors with high yield. The integration of renewable energy into a combined heat and power plant generates electricity and hot water at the same time. A smart grid management system makes the power together with a battery storage as a 24/7 stand-alone solution and / or grid-connected. Electric and fuel vehicles clearly demonstrate renewable mobility.
At the same time, SUNfarming and bioltec are striving to promote climate and resource protection, to shorten regional value chains, to provide energy, to create jobs and ultimately to increase the quality of life sustainably. The competencies of both companies have been integrated into the design. Demonstration, training, application and technology transfer of proven leading-edge technologies are the keywords for this “Bahamian – German Hybrid Center”. In addition, it provides the foundation for future collaborative research and development, including business models for commercial applications. The partners bring together different systems integration technologies, whether for off grid or grid-connected applications that are adaptable to local conditions and customer needs.

Learn more about the project

6
Dec

First certified Food & Energy Training in South Africa

The first official Food & Energy Training took place 26-29 November at the SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Centre, located at the Engineering Faculty of North West University

Technical and agriculture teaching staff of the correctional services from all over South Africa attended the course.
„The participants were very satisfied with the course and some even stated that it was one of the best courses they attended and the wish there was more of these types of training. They feel now they will be able to make a big difference when going back to home/work,“ says Faure van Schalkwyk, Energy Research Engineer & Trainer.

Xoli Phillips recommends SUNfarming Food & Energy:

“Food & Energy is an excellent opportunity our youth must grap with both hands. It is the best training I have ever attended. Training was so exciting and prepared us for the future. Thanks to all the facilitators who made the training so easy to understand. So professional and well versed with the course. It is much appreciated…keep up the excellent work.”

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