Tamera Solar: The first step was taken.

In October, our Ground Service Team installed a big photovoltaic solar energy facility. It was the first step to manifest the renewed energy concept for Tamera. From now on we can cover half of our electricity need with solar power.

 

At the Campus and at the Place of the Children five photovoltaics facilities were installed which reach a top capacity of 20 KW. In the next years we plan to install facilities for all in all 60 KW, this is the size which will bring us energy autonomy for 300 - 330 days per year.

 

Uli Stempel, one of the fathers of the energy concept: "To live with regenerative energies seems to be easy and seducing on first sight. However, in everyday life, we need creative technical solutions as well as human consciousness. This is because the energies of nature don´t come in a regular stream like we are used to by industrial production. To harvest and use them requires us to reconnect with the rhythms of nature: In everyday operation, a solar power system has the best efficiency when it is used while the sun shines. The varying delivery during the day can be balanced by sufficient storage.

The far bigger alterations caused by the changing seasons (summer/winter) need a more complex storage system. Tamera has hdecided to manifest an island supply system which means local, decentralized autonomy. This compounds decentralized and efficient systems for renewable energies like photovoltaics (electricity from sunlight), wind power systems, gentle water power (vortex systems), biogas, solar collectors, and solar architecture. Another important part is the energy research of Jürgen Kleinwächter in cooperation with the SolarVillage. With this decentralized system, combined with energy research, we can create a model for building autonomous energy systems almost everywhere on earth.

 

Our energy concept makes it possible to be self-sufficient in energy on 300-330 days per year. Of course, we have to ask: Why not 365? Our answer is: We trust in the further development of the solar technology, especially we count on Jürgen Kleinwächter and his team. It would not be reasonable to install too large a number of batteries which would mean high costs and not be environmentally friendly. The concept has been made in a way that the energy consumption of Tamera adapts step by step the newest developments of the energy research and thus reaches the highest and most humane standard."

 

We give thanks to those who have built the facilities - Uli Jung, Martin Schindele, Thomas Lüdert, Martin Funk, Chetayin Brügge - and to the donors who want to remain anonymous. The rest of the money was given as loans and will be paid back through the savings for electricity.


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