Solar thermal power for Talitha Kumi
Corporate support where it matters
Turning Ideas into Reality.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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