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Solar thermal power for Talitha Kumi

Corporate support where it matters

Turning Ideas into Reality.

MAN Ferrostaal

Message by Minister of State Werner Hoyer,

Federal Foreign Office

Peace and stability in the Middle East are one of the key objectives of Germany’s foreign policy, as well as

a matter close to the hearts of many people in our country. The German Government is strongly committed

to the peace process with the political goal of a two-state solution which will allow Israelis and Palestinians

to live together peacefully as neighbours. Unfortunately, however, everyday life is still very difficult for

people in the region.

This is the focus of the “Future for Palestine” initiative which former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

launched together with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in January 2008. With this initiative we want to help

people in the Palestinian territories through concrete projects which make their daily lives easier and have

a quick impact. We have joined forces with a view to improving the quality of life locally and, in particular,

young people’s prospects. For only those who have confidence in their own future will also have confidence

in their government. And governments cannot successfully conduct political negotiations without support

among the population.

We have already initiated many projects together with foundations and companies, such as the extension

of schools and health centres, or funding for cultural institutions and exchange programmes. The “Future

for Palestine” initiative complements our traditional development cooperation and the broad spectrum of

Germany’s engagement in the region.

Bolstering the education sector is one of the main focuses of this initiative. In my view, one very successful

project in this field – and also a showpiece project for the meaningful use of renewable energies – is the

solar thermal plant on the roof of Talitha Kumi School in Bethlehem. This new installation will allow the

school, which is German-run and provides a broad-based education for boys and girls of every faith, to

considerably lower its energy costs, thus lightening the burden on its budget. This will release urgently

needed funds for important and valuable teaching work. For at this school young people are encouraged to

play a responsible role in shaping their future.

I would like to sincerely thank MAN Ferrostaal, the company which is installing and funding the school’s

solar thermal plant within the framework of the “Future for Palestine” initiative. I would also like to thank

the German Energy Agency (dena), which is supporting this project as part of its solar roof programme.

I wish the project every success and hope that our initiative continues to gain the backing of such dedicated


Werner Hoyer, Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office

Talitha Kumi

Centre of learning for 900 students

Talitha Kumi enables children and young adults to live a normal life in a

difficult region, to receive a good education, vocational training, and even

to enrol in university later on. The practice of mutual respect, tolerance

and of bringing people together, play an especially important role in that.”

In addition to a primary and secondary school, Talitha

Kumi encompasses a kindergarten, a boarding school, a

hotel management college and several common rooms

for social activities. The school offers its pupils an excellent

education, perspectives in vocational training and

preparation for university studies after graduation.

The guest house of Talitha Kumi is popular with travellers

who like to explore the West Bank and the many religious

sites nearby. At the same time the guest house is a

model project for the student body of the hotel management

college, providing them with the opportunity

of on­the­job training.

Talitha Kumi was originally founded as an Arabic girl’s

orphanage over 158 years ago. The school has had an

outstanding role in female education ever since and has

continued to set great value in future­oriented positive

education throughout its history.

(Dr. Matthias Mitscherlich, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Ferrostaal)

In recognition of the school’s excellent work, the Federal

Republic of Germany supports Talitha Kumi by dispatching

teachers to maintain the German tradition

of the school, which began with its founder Theodor

Fliedner in 1851. In 1997, Talitha Kumi was accepted as a

member of the international UNESCO school circle.

Talitha Kumi is open for students of all religions and

faiths, so that they may learn from early childhood to

interact with each other tolerantly and respectfully.

Boys and girls at Talitha Kumi are educated to become

self­confident and self­determined personalities who

value diversity, the freedom of worship and opinion,

and social commitment.

Located directly at the West Bank border with Israel, the

school is situated in a place of political dispute which

imposes great difficulty on the institution. After the

construction of the West Bank barrier, it became impossible

for some students to enter the school’s premises. A

second entrance needed to be set up to provide access

for all students – whether from Israeli or Palestinian

terri tory.

Over the last few years the school has become a meeting

point for discussions and has hosted exchanges between

Israelis and Palestinians. Talitha Kumi acts as

an intermediary between present and past, between

people of both sides of the border and various religions

– Greek Orthodoxs, Lutherans and Muslims to name

only few.

The Berlin Mission in (BMW) has patronage over

Talitha Kumi and finances the school’s budget. Nonetheless

Talitha Kumi relies on donations to maintain its


Therefore even the most essential expenditures burden

the budget greatly. Utility costs alone amount to

80,000 EUR per year. A large part of these costs are

spent on warm water supply and central heating.

The new solar thermal plant, with a total collector surface

of more than 200 square metres, supplies over 26

percent of the school’s energy demand by providing the

main school building and subsidiary facilities as well as

the kindergarten, the gymnasium, the dormitory and

the attached guest house with warm water and central

heating. The plant saves expenses for Diesel fuel of

about 21,000 EUR per year at the current price rate.

Saving energy costs is of obvious concern to Talitha

Kumi. An equally pressing concern is to save costs by

using ecologically sustainable, regenerative energy. The

children attending the school should learn early and

with lasting effect about the value of energy and about

environmental awareness. Visualizing the full asset of

the new solar plant, a digital display in the main hall of

the school building documents the plant’s output and

avoided CO emissions.


The latter amount to 57,000 kilograms of CO 2 saved

alone in the first year, which is equal to the avoided

emissions of 24 middle-class passenger cars with an annual

mileage of 15,000 kilometres.

Corporate support from Ferrostaal and its partner

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – German Energy

Agency – helps Talitha Kumi to supply itself with environmentally

friendly energy and to reduce its utility costs


Clean and renewable energy

Solar thermal power for warm water and heating

The solar power division of MAN Ferrostaal realizes large-scale concentrating

solar thermal power plants, offering the full scope of services from project

financing, project development and management to plant construction. At the

same time MAN Ferrostaal advances new solar power technologies with its

partners and markets system solutions for solar cooling.

Knowing of this expertise, former German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier approached

the board of MAN Ferrostaal with his “Future for Palestine” initiative, bringing to attention the situation of

Talitha Kumi, a school in the Palestinian territories. The fully integrated school is widely known for its excel-

lent curriculum, its pupils from multi-cultural and multi-religious backgrounds, and its various social engage-

ments in Palestine. Talitha Kumi, however, relies on donations and sponsorship to maintain its activities.

A great burden on the budget are expenses for utility costs.

In order to help and support the school, MAN Ferrostaal issued a formal donation offer to Talitha Kumi over

the supply and installation of a state-of-the-art solar thermal power plant for warm water and heating. The

solar plant was to bring down Talitha Kumi’s energy costs and provide sustainable energy for the school in

the future.

In a successful Public Private Partnership, the project was jointly realized by MAN Ferrostaal and the Deutsche

Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry

of Economics and Technology (BMWi) within the framework of the “dena Solar Roofs Programme for Foreign

Market Development,” which is part of the German Renewable Energies Export Initiative. While MAN Ferrostaal

contri bu ted the larger part of the project costs and saw to the installation of the plant, dena coordinated

the project.

Aside from recognizing the excellent work of Talitha Kumi, the donation of the solar plant and the partnership

with dena has given MAN Ferrostaal the chance to demonstrate the great potential of solar thermal power

systems even when used for modestly scaled non-industrial purposes. It gives the company the chance to

show its capability in the field of solar systems and the possibility to enhance their market share.

The new solar plant of Talitha Kumi is foremost meant to help the school directly but also to hint at the vast

untapped potential for solar thermal power generation in the whole Middle East.

dena Solar Roofs Programme

for Foreign Market Development

German technology is used across the globe and reliably supplies electricity

in both on-grid and off-grid applications. Based on long-standing

experience and their close cooperation with research institutes, German

solar producers offer high-quality, advanced and long-life products.

In order to maintain and further expand the excellent

position of the German solar industry, the Deutsche

Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy

Agency – has launched the “dena Solar Roofs Programme

for Foreign Market Development”, which is

supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and

Technology (BMWi). Its goal is to support the first steps

companies take into a new market by installing solar

reference and demonstration facilities on the roofs of

designated institutions with multiplier effects in different

countries around the world. Furthermore the solar

energy systems are to function as “lighthouse” projects

for public demonstration purposes, promoting the

deployment of sustainable energy solutions.

The programme is part of a larger support structure for

foreign market development, namely the German Renewable

Energies Export Initiative.

In 2002, the German Bundestag (the lower chamber of

the German parliament) decided upon bringing the Export

Initiative Erneuerbare Energien (the German Renewable

Energies Export Initiative) into being. One of

the initiative’s central tasks is to showcase German renewable

energy technology products and companies

abroad. Many years of experience at the national and

international level as well as the innovative state-of-theart

technology they offer make “renewables Made in

Germany” ideal for applications all over the world.

“The plant for Talitha Kumi shows clearly what can be realized with solar

solutions in the region. The dena Solar Roofs Programme is an ideal plat-

form to showcase and communicate the positive effects of the use of

solar energy from an economical, environmental and social point of view.”

Stephan Kohler, Chief Executive, Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – German Energy Agency

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) –

German Energy Agency.

The Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German

Energy Agency – is the German competence centre

for energy efficiency and renewable energies. Its manifold

objectives include the rational and thus environmentally

friendly production, conversion and use of

energy, and the development of sustainable energy systems

with a greater emphasis on renewable energy sources.

To this end dena initiates, coordinates and implements

innovative projects and campaigns at a national and

international level. It provides information to end consumers,

works with all social groups active in politics

and the economy and develops strategies for the future

supply of energy. Its shareholders are the Federal

Republic of Germany, the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW

banking group), Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ


The initiative brings together decision makers from the political arena,

industry and public institutions and provides German renewable energy

companies with expert knowledge. At the same time it assists in the trans-

fer of knowledge and expertise abroad and presents “renewables Made in

Germany” in other countries.

Solar power potentials in the Middle East

Future markets

Tom Koopmann, MAN Ferrostaal Senior Vice President of Solar Energy

and chief strategist for the MENA region, describes the potentials of solar

thermal power generation in the Middle East.

Ferrostaal has donated a solar plant for Talitha Kumi,

a school in Palestine. What were the reasons for the


“We have been approached by former German Foreign

Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with the idea and

found a reliable partner in dena. The decision to donate

a solar thermal plant was obvious as Ferrostaal has expert

competencies in realizing solar power projects. Of

course, we usually build large-scale solar thermal power

plants with an output of several hundred megawatts.

The Talitha Kumi plant is a small and symbolic project

in comparison. But it demonstrates very well the great

potential of solar energy even when used for modest applications.

Most importantly, the school immediately

benefits from the plant.”

Why did Ferrostaal decide to strategically develop its

solar power business?

“Fossil fuels are limited and the climate change is a fact.

That is why renewable energies are a trend-setting business

model. Many have understood this, we are already

acting accordingly. Solar power has special potential –

because the energy resource is substantially greater

than that of any other renewable resource, and we possess

reliable, bankable technologies to use it. The annual

solar radiation on less than half of one percent of the

MENA deserts suffices to generate enough energy to

supply the worldwide demand. Again, this is a fact.”

But renewable energies rely on subsidization.

“It is correct that most renewable energies are being

subsidized at the moment, whether directly or indirectly.

In solar power generation, power purchase agreements

and regulated feed-in-tariffs are the predominant

means of support. In terms of competitiveness, we can

see a quite natural development taking place in the concentrating

solar power (CSP) market. With an ever increasing

number of CSP projects worldwide and the

improvement of components, manufacturing costs

inevitably become lower and the technology economically

more efficient in the process. This tendency will

continue. Fossil feedstock prices, on the other hand, will

very likely continue to increase.”

Parabolic trough plant, a mature and bankable concertrating solar power technology

“Fossil fuels are limited and the climate change is a fact. That is why renewable

energies are a trend setting business model. Many have understood

this, we are already acting accordingly.”

How best to describe the Ferrostaal solar business


“We have excellent technology partners and are therefore

in a position to realize and lead large-scale power

plant projects as a general contractor. Our work may

begin with the proposal of a financing model, continue

with project development and planning, proceed with

project management, engineering, procurement and

construction (EPC), concluding with the turn-key handover

to our customer. We offer our customers the full

scope of services in one package. In addition to our technology

partners, we always work with local partners to

ensure a sustainable local added value. One should

never underestimate the importance of bringing local

partners into projects when one wants to establish oneself

in emerging markets.”

Which solar technologies does Ferrostaal market?

“Together with our partners we build parabolic trough

plants, for instance in Spain and the US. The technology

has existed for some twenty years and has proven to be

reliable in commercial operation. Meanwhile we ad-

vance the development of an improved Fresnel col lector,

also a CSP technology. A demonstration plant, which

we have built and operated for two years in Spain, has

proven the technological feasibility. The first commercial

plant of this type will be constructed shortly. Besides

these two technologies, we have a partnership for marketing

a system for solar cooling. The system has been

designed for air-conditioning of larger buildings, for instance

shopping malls, airports or hotels. All our technologies

are concentrating solar thermal technologies,

which generate energy from direct sunlight. In contrast

to photovoltaic, we can store thermal energy to produce

electricity even after sunset. There is, of course, always

the option to `just´ generate process steam for industrial

purposes or use the power for seawater desalination.

Another advantage is the possibility to combine

CSP technology with conventional power plants to build

a hybrid plant or to retro-fit existing capacities. CSP is

very versatile.”

MAN Ferrostaal Solar Power

Full scope of services in one package

Solar thermal plant Fresdemo, Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain

Why is the MENA region an attractive location for solar

thermal energy generation?

The region is located in the sun belt of the earth. Average

solar radiation levels reach 2,500 kWh – 2,800 kWh

per square metre and year. These are ideal conditions

for concentrating solar power. The economies grow and

with them the energy demand in almost all countries in

the region. In the short- and midterm, substantial infrastructure

projects in the energy sector will have to take

place there inevitably. And lest we forget, the required

investment capital is available in most countries. It is

notable that in some places in the Middle East the climate

is such that up to 80 percent of all consumed

energy is being used for air-conditioning. What better

way than to use the sun itself for cooling. Also most

MENA countries have not enough freshwater supplies

to exceed the water poverty line. Coincidentally, a location

with an ideal solar resource – such as the MENA

region – is likely to have great demand for secondary

CSP applications by nature.

Pursuing large-scale power plant projects in regions

which some consider not to be fully stable, is this not

too great an entrepreneurial risk to take?

Frankly, no. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia,

Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, and many other countries

offer very good conditions and have very well regulated

energy markets. Only few countries are a bit more

complicated. But this is where Ferrostaal can contribute

its competencies and decades of experience in opening

developing markets.

Ferrostaal: Best Partner for Solar Power

At home in the sun belt

Decades of experience as a general contractor for the construction of industrial plants all around the world

enable Ferrostaal to offer its customers the full scope of services for the development and realization of

solar thermal power solutions. We combine project development with the competencies of an experienced

plant constructor and the financial strength of a large industrial company.

In more than 60 countries around the world, Ferrostaal has a strong reputation of reliability, commitment

to sustainability and trustworthiness. We know the regions suitable for the economically efficient gener-

ation of solar thermal power and large-scale solar power plants.

We have maintained foreign offices in all major solar markets for many years and use the close proximity,

our experience, our international infrastructure and connections to guarantee the success of our projects

– in time, on budget and with professional risk management.

MAN Ferrostaal AG

Hohenzollernstr. 24

45128 Essen / Germany

Phone +49. 201. 8 18-01

Fax +49. 201. 8 18-28 22

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