Donauer Solartechnik supports health centre in Gambia

Donauer Solartechnik donated a grid-independent photovoltaic system to the association, plus a solar powered pump for a deep-water well.

From now on clean drinking water and solar power will flow around the clock for the treatment of patients at the health centre ?River Boat Doctors International? (RDI) in Buniadu, Gambia. Donauer Solartechnik donated a grid-independent photovoltaic system to the association, plus a solar powered pump for a deep-water well.

It began when the charitable organization RDI asked Donauer Solartechnik to design a PV system for the power and water supply of the health centre. Convinced by RDI?s work in Gambia, company owner Rudolf Donauer then decided to give the system to the association as a donation. Benedikt Böhm, from the off-grid department flew to Gambia personally, in order to install and start the system on site.

Solar electricity at the health center is now produced by solar panels on the roof of the center, stored in batteries via inverters and used as needed for light or genera-tors. Additional solar panels produce power to operate the pump for the well. Patients and staff now have clean drinking water and at night the center is the only brightly lit building within a radius of 15 kilometres.

Since the beginning of 2010 Donauer Solartechnik has combined its long experience in the planning and distribution of photovoltaic stand-alone systems to form an off-grid department. Core areas are solutions for independent power networks with photovoltaic or hybrid supply, industrial off-grid applications and systems for inde-pendent water supply. Systems for automatic emergency power supply during power cuts, for example for hospitals or first-aid posts, are also included in the range. In addition, with its Mobile Solar Power System, the Gilching company offers a profes-sional and efficient container concept for energy supply in remote areas.

The main focus of Donauer Solartechnik Vertriebs GmbH is on the trade with high quality products relating to photovoltaics, customer service and engineering. Assembly systems, solar heating systems and solar bike ports are all based on its own technical developments and production. The company was founded in 1995 and today employs around 230 people. Its headquarters are in Gilching near Munich, and it has branches in Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium and Great Britain.

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