Hamburg, 18th June: The refugee camp Mam Rashan is located in 75 kilo­me­tres distance from the city Mosul in northern Iraq. About 8.500 people have found shelter in Mam Rashan from the violent con­flic­ts which keeps haunting the region. Dona­ti­ons made it possible to erect important struc­tures such as living con­tai­ners, schools, a hospital, a football field and a trauma centre. However, the camp can only be provided with elec­tri­ci­ty during night time. Thus, during the day there is no elec­tri­ci­ty for cooling systems, cooking or elec­tro­nic devices.

Instal­la­ti­on of the PV-plant in Mam Rashan, northern Iraq (Copy­right atmos­fair gGmbH)

Through the initia­ti­ve of the non-profit orga­ni­za­ti­on atmos­fair gGmbH, Mam Rashan is now to be provided with a 300 kWp PV-plant in com­bi­na­ti­on with an energy storage solution. The major finan­cing comes from the foun­da­ti­on for deve­lop­ment coope­ra­ti­on “Stiftung Entwicklungs-Zusammenarbeit Baden-Württemberg (SEZ)” which is attached to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Addi­tio­nal­ly, several expert firms from the PV-industry support the initia­ti­ve through services and know-how transfer on a donation basis. The PV-plant is to be com­mis­sio­ned end of June 2018.

As an expe­ri­en­ced PV-specialist, green­tech con­tri­bu­tes to this project with sup­por­ting the ope­ra­ti­on & main­ten­an­ce of the plant. As a part of this green­tech provides special trai­nings to the local elec­tri­ci­ans in the field of moni­to­ring and main­ten­an­ce. The trai­nings include the fol­lo­wing aspects:

  • General intro­duc­tion into PV-systems
  • Health & Safety
  • Moni­to­ring & data analysis
  • Pre­ven­ti­ve main­ten­an­ce
  • Reactive and cor­rec­tive main­ten­an­ce

Fur­ther­mo­re, green­tech will support the moni­to­ring and assist in solving tech­ni­cal issues for one year. This includes the inte­gra­ti­on of the PV-plant into the moni­to­ring portal, daily active moni­to­ring, issue analysis and inspec­tions as well as main­ten­an­ce.

We are proud to support this great project with our know-how“ says Jörn Cars­ten­sen, Managing Partner at green­tech. “Espe­ci­al­ly in the begin­ning of PV-projects many chal­len­ges regar­ding the correct setup and a stable ope­ra­ti­on occur. We look forward to support the local staff with our know­ledge and advice.”

The support for this initia­ti­ve through the PV-industry is truly remar­kab­le. We are pleased by the fact that green­tech supports the ope­ra­ti­on and main­ten­an­ce of the PV-plant in the camp. Thus, we can provide the people in Mam Rashan with a stable and clean energy supply and at the same time build important tech­ni­cal know­ledge in the region. (Nele Erdmann, Manager climate pro­tec­tion projects, atmos­fair gGmbH)

About atmos­fair
atmos­fair is a German non-profit orga­ni­za­ti­on located in Bonn, Germany, which has been founded in May 2005.  It emerged from a shared initia­ti­ve of the travel business asso­cia­ti­on forum travel dif­fer­ent­ly and the orga­ni­za­ti­on Ger­man­watch which is active in the field of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and deve­lop­ment. The moti­va­ti­on was clear: The increa­sing thread of the world’s climate through quickly increa­sing air traffic con­fronts the society with serious chal­len­ges. Addi­tio­nal to airlines and travel busi­nes­ses single pas­sen­gers as well as com­pa­nies hold a respon­si­bi­li­ty to act. To inform all these sta­ke­hol­ders and provide them with a positive pos­si­bi­li­ty to act is the idea of atmos­fair.

Further infor­ma­ti­on about this PV-project can be found on the atmos­fair website.


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