a2-solar donates solar car roof modules to Thuringian schools
"Economy fostering education“– this approach finds highest esteem and appreciation according to the college prinicipal Karsten Pohlemann when welcoming his guests. With a white company van, the team members of a2-solar Advanced and Automotive Solar Systems GmbH, which is based in Erfurt, arrived at the school yard. "As agreed by phone, we are bringing 20 of our solar car roof modules which have been manufactured in our Thuringian Headquarter“, explained Reinhard Wecker, CEO of a2-solar, to the college’s principal and the second-year trainees.
Solar car roof modules for US sports car
Formerly designed and produced as solar car roof modules for the American sports car Fisker Karma, the roof modules remained within the property of a2-solar after the US car manufacture announced insolvency. “As our technical colleges have shown great interest in using these special solar systems for training their students, we have decided to rather donate our modules instead of storing them without any further meaning”, said the company founder Mr. Wecker. “In the meantime, we have more than a dozen requests from all over the state“, said Mr. Wecker. Whereas the other colleges will arrange to pick-up their modules at the facility themselves, a2-solar decided to deliver the first 20 modules in persona. For the moment, the Andreas-Gordon-College, which currently counts 1730 students according to Mr. Pohlemann, will temporarily store some of these modules until 4 other educational institutions will come to collect their modules - amongst them also regular schools which will use these systems to teach physics.
Students attending the Andreas-Gordon-College are trained to qualify in mechatronic engineering and micro-technology. In the past, a lot of its trainees have successfully qualified to work in the solar industry. "We will definitely find numerous opportunities to actively teach upon these particular solar systems” said Mr. Pohlemann.
According to Mr. Wecker, a2-solar has donated already about 100 modules in 2015 to Haiti where these modules produce light in areas heavily destroyed by the severe earthquake in 2010. The CEO explained that "in Haiti, our modules are replacing diesel generators thus protecting the people from dangerous pollution and emissions”.
Bernd Jentsch / 05.Apr.17 / Thüringer Allgemeine