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German Energy Private Sector Meeting, Bangladesh

An official government and private sector delegation from Bangladesh including Mr. Nasrul Hamid, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral resources, Government of Bangladesh met selected German private sector companies including SIEMENS, MAN DIESEL, IB VOGT and RAACH SOLAR. The meeting, hosted by GIZ and BSW, concentrated on the information exchange, market development and investment possibilities in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Government outlined its ambitious plans to boost the market development in renewable energies. At present, renewable energies amount for only 5% of Bangladesh’s energy production and the plans is to double this share until 2021. The photovoltaic installations will increase during this time period from the current level of 222MWp to 1739MWp, whereas 1285MWp will be in the market section of large scale photovoltaic power plants.

RAACH SOLAR presented its 300kWp photovoltaic grid connected reference installation for a private garment factory and the target to ramp up with another project of 750kWp to go into the MWp photovoltaic power plants category by 2017.

Chamber of Industry (IHK) certification as training supervisor

Mr. Jürgen Raach successfully passed the Chamber of Industry (IHK) certification as training supervisor (Ausbilder) for apprentices who want to get the qualification and degree in the professions “wholesale and foreign trade commercials” (Kaufmann, Kauffrau im Groß- und Außenhandel). These professions are officially listed in Germany’s professional dual system, which allows apprentices to work in companies and get a parallel theoretical training in professional schools over a period of three years. Mr. Raach carries now the certificate according to the ordinance on aptitude of instructors (AEVO = AusbilderEignungsVerOrdnung). According to §29 BBiG, the federal educational law (BBiG = Bundesbildungsgesetz), Mr. Raach qualifies personally and professionally for holding this degree. He followed at the Chamber of Industry (IHK) in the city of Ulm an intensive course including a theoretical and practical exam to obtain this qualification. “We welcome from September 1st, 2016 our first apprentice in this profession at our headquarters” said happily Jürgen Raach.

FRONIUS service partner

RAACH SOLAR was appointed FRONIUS service partner on February 17th, 2016. This award authorizes RAACH SOLAR to carry stock of FRONIUS inverter’s electronic exchange boards and to repair them. FRONIUS is one of Europe’s largest manufacturer of grid tie inverters and battery charging systems. RAACH SOLAR’s office building runs self-sufficiently at 100% photovoltaic power with FRONIUS inverters installed in the year 2006 and until now operating without any break downs and failures. The newly acquired FRONIUS service partnership helped recently RAACH SOLAR to repair one inverter of its first customer’s installation in the year 2002. RAACH SOLAR operates three own photovoltaic installations with different FRONIUS inverter generations.

RAACH SOLAR is registered trademark

RAACH SOLAR becomes a registered trade mark at German’s Patent and Trade Mark Office (Deutsches Patent und Markenamt DPMA). The protection of the trademark is a word and figurative mark, not only the name of the company RAACH SOLAR, but as well the logo including “DESIGNING PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER” is protected in 12 different goods and services classifications. “Design plays an important role in our company’s philosophy” points out general manager Jürgen Raach. “Design means first that we accurately and professionally design photovoltaic systems and second that we deliver high class sustainable futuristic design”.

RAACH SOLAR lecturing solar entrepreneurs

The Technical University of Berlin SRH invited solar entrepreneurs to join their 2 weeks intensive training class (winter school) in English language. The training class covered all subjects of a solar entrepreneur from accounting, marketing, customer relationship, PV solar system simulations by software, PV system engineering etc. Mr. Jürgen Raach, general manager of RAACH SOLAR, was invited as lecturer for two days to train the solar entrepreneurs on the right way to write and present commercial quotations including legal aspects and on the second day a special focus on technology and economics of solar pumping systems. The next training classes will be held at the summer school in 2016.

Keynote at “Center of Technology Conference” in Dresden, Germany

General manager Mr. Jürgen Raach spoke on special insider’s conference on December 2nd, 2015 at the Center of Technology in Dresden, Germany organized by WIPRO GmbH. The conference subject was related to brand new political and economical developments: “In the aftermath of democratic elections and the recent Africa –EU Malta conference, Africa leap frogs to progress!”. The annual conference established itself as a must for the key players and companies in this field. Jürgen Raach presented a new upcoming project in Sierra Leone on photovoltaic AC mini grids with prepayment meters and the new technology of water prepayment meters called “AQtap” from the Danish manufacturer GRUNDFOS. “The combination of solar village electrification and water supply for individual households of the rising African middle and upper class will rise the overall living standard of the village” said Raach.

Keynote at “Stand Alone Energy Solutions Conference” in Lagos, Nigeria

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany organized on June 30th, 2015 in Lagos Nigeria a seminar in cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) on “stand alone energy solutions”. The seminar was financed by the Climate Fond of the German Foreign Office in Berlin (Klimafond des Auswärtigen Amts). RAACH SOLAR was invited to this prestigious event to give a presentation on rural and urban solutions for photovoltaic power generation. As one of the key speakers general manager Mr. Jürgen Raach pointed out that the key for success of photovoltaic power generation must go through African urban areas to boost photovoltaic power generation even in rural areas. Grid connected photovoltaic power at a rate of 10cents /kWh is more economic than unreliable grid power or diesel power generation. Almost one hundred Nigerian businessmen & women from private businesses, institutions and the financial sector attended the seminar.