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07/11/2022 | Pressemitteilung

SMA donates two solar banks to the University of Kassel for its anniversary

On the campus of the University of Kassel, students, employees and passers-by can now use solar energy directly: With two solar benches donated by SMA Solar Technology AG, it is now possible to charge the batteries of cell phones and tablets free of charge and environmentally friendly. The modern seating was set up in time for the campus festival and has now been ceremoniously put into operation.

The picture shows University President Prof. Dr. Ute Clement, SMA CEO Jürgen Reinert and Dr. Oliver Fromm, Chancellor of the University of Kassel, at the handover of the two solar benches.
University President Prof. Dr. Ute Clement, SMA CEO Jürgen Reinert and Dr. Oliver Fromm, Chancellor of the University of Kassel, at the handover of the two solar benches (from left). Photo: University of Kassel/Gebhardt

The two solar benches are clearly visible at the "LEO" learning site: They each have a solar panel with an output of 100 watts on the roof of the pedestal - this supplies power to four USB charging sockets and two places for inductive charging per bench. In addition, the solar benches offer WLAN hotspots. The integrated environmental sensors provide information on temperature, humidity and air pressure, among other things, which can be accessed via the free Strawberry Energy app.

University and local business have long been well connected in North Hesse, agree University President Ute Clement, University Chancellor Oliver Fromm and SMA Board Spokesman Jürgen Reinert. For example, SMA has been involved in the education of students for around 20 years - for example, through teaching activities or also in the supervision of final theses. In this way, students can already be introduced to important topics of the energy transition and solar energy during their studies and their own research work at the university. "Particularly in the area of research and development, we have been able to strengthen close contacts with graduates of the University of Kassel and young engineers are continuing their careers at SMA," says Jürgen Reinert, adding, "We very much hope that the successful and close cooperation will continue and that Kassel students with excellent know-how will continue to drive the energy transition forward."

University President Prof. Dr. Ute Clement adds: "The University of Kassel is committed to more ecology and sustainability in many areas. From this point of view, I am very pleased that we can once again visibly express our commitment with the two solar benches donated by SMA."

The gift for the 50th anniversary of the University of Kassel establishes a strong link to the place where the history of SMA Solar Technology began in 1981, Reinert said. At that time, three young electrical engineers, together with their former university professor Werner Kleinkauf, founded the engineering office for system, measurement and plant technology, for which the initials of the company SMA still stand today. Günther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer were committed to the use of renewable energies against all initial resistance and thus laid the foundation for the successful widespread use of photovoltaics. "The enthusiasm for innovation and renewable energies is therefore particularly tangible here at the University of Kassel," emphasizes Jürgen Reinert.


About SMA
As a globally leading specialist in photovoltaic and storage system technology, the SMA Group is creating the conditions today for the decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA's portfolio includes a wide range of efficient solar and battery inverters, holistic system solutions for photovoltaic plants and storage systems of all power classes, intelligent energy management systems as well as charging solutions for electric vehicles and power-to-gas applications. Digital energy services as well as comprehensive services up to the assumption of operation management and maintenance services for photovoltaic power plants round off the product range. Worldwide, SMA inverters with a total output of over 110 GW are installed in more than 190 countries. SMA's award-winning technology is protected by over 1,700 patents and registered utility models. The parent company SMA Solar Technology AG has been listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) since 2008 and is listed in the TecDAX and SDAX.


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University of Kassel
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