Palestine Posts

First Replication of Sol4 Model in Palestine

Posted Tuesday 8 March 2016 by Urs Riggenbach.

Welding shop in Palestine

Moutasem returned to his home country a few months ago with nothing but a vision: To make sustainable energy affordable. To this end, he joined our early adopters program. Now Moutasem has turned social entrepreneur and replicated the Sol4 technology fir the first time in Palestine.

In Palestine solar panels are not affordable and fuel is extremely expensive. I’m positive about the future of GoSol in Palestine because this cheap and efficient technology allows us to manufacture locally and gain the upper hand on the energy market. The fact that we can build something so powerful here with local materials is extremely motivating.

Moutasem’s build experience was straight forward, with a few calls and emails exchanged with our team to advise on mirror fabrication and transport of the built system.

Moutasem now aims to identify the best use cases for the technology by working with local partners. He is supported by SPARK’s Enterprise Development Programme MFS-II, and is now seeking pilot opportunities.

“I believe moving forward that scalable solar concentrators can be a game changer strengthening Palestine’s solar economy. ”
Catching the last sunset rays
First heat on the cooktop

Early Adopter Participates in Startup Program

Posted Wednesday 9 December 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Our early adopter Moutasem Hassan took part in the cewas Middle East startup course in Palestine. Moutasem (front-right) wants to take GoSol.org technology to Palestine and this week-long course helps social entrepreneurs like him refine their business ideas and build a solid strategy to move forward. Stay tuned!

Early Adopter Moutasem Hassan at CEWAS Middle-East Startup Event.

Solar Energy for Palestine

Posted Saturday 25 July 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

After studying abroad and working in the solar industry in the US, Moutasem Hassan is ready to return to his conflict-ridden home country and promote solar energy for a more independent Palestine.

Moutasem is a Palestinian citizen. At age 17, he got a scholarship to attend the United World College, in India. There, among 200 students from 68 nations, Moutasem started to look for solutions that could make a difference in Palestine.

Moutasem continued his studies at the College of the Atlantic in the US and graduated as a Human Ecologist. After two years of work in the solar industry, Moutasem is ready to return home with his bold mission.

Ongoing conflict in Palestine and the Arab Spring in the surrounding countries have been a very challenging dilemma for all citizens including my family and me. Poverty and fear were the main two themes of my childhood, and are part of the Palestinian reality. I was for long time, until I left, in a broken system. I lived through the days where my father spent all his money for my brothers’ and sisters’ tuition, while the government could not pay their employees a dime.

Moutasem explains that Israel only allows few hours of electricity per day into the Gaza Strip. The high taxes the Israeli govt. puts on all imported goods constantly drive up the cost of living. Access to power and energy is a financial burden for every Palestinian citizen. These problems get even worse in refugee camps and rural areas.

The main fuel for cooking and baking is liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that needs to be imported. Still one third of all bakeries run on wood that is slowly running out as desertification proceeds and the remaining 2% forest cover is dwindling [1] [2] [3].

It will not be an easy road to establish solar thermal energy in Palestine and my path will be filled with obstacles, but I am determined to drive this change so desperately needed by Palestine’s people.

Moutasem is motivated by the fact that solar energy not only creates jobs and reduces fossil fuel dependence, it also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and could pose a way out of poverty. “I’m especially excited about this technology because it can be built locally, so it will not be limited by the harsh import duties imposed on us by Israel.”

As an early adopter of GoSol.org technology, Moutasem gets access to all construction plans and detail he needs to build his first machine in-country and demonstrate it to potential clients. This is Moutasem’s next step.


 

 

 

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