Visiting REC Solar factory in Singapore

After my visit to the SERIS floating solar testbed, I spent some more time in Singapore visiting the REC factory! Singapore I met my contact, Tran Thu, at their location in an industrial area outside of town. She welcomed me and started my tour by telling me about REC and what they do. REC was originally founded in Norway, but has grown to become one of the leading solar industry companies in the world. In their location in Singapore, they have both a cell factory and a module factory, as well as an office building in the down town area. I only…

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Floating Solar in Singapore

After a brief summer holiday home in Norway, I am back on the road again. The first stop on The Solar Journey in Asia, was Singapore. But before I went there, I treated myself to a little vacation in Indonesia.  And what a treat it was. Indonesia has easily become one of my favourite countries in the world. Tree weeks of sunshine, island hopping, beaches, diving, snorkelling, waterfall-chasing, bonfires and magical sunsets. I also learned how to freedive. That was definitely a highlight of the holiday. I am now proud to say I can hold my breath for 2,45 minutes and…

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Balkan coastlife and baltic solarpower

A lot has happened since my trip to Solvis in Croatia. As my Ukraine project fell through, I found myself with over 2 weeks of free time to travel before my trip to Lithuania. I made the most of it! Coolkids at the roof I went straight to Belgrade in Serbia. I ́m not sure what I expected of Belgrade, but I surely wasn’t impressed. Not a place I would go back to at all. After spending just one night and day there, I decided to take the night train to Montenegro straight away. Montenegro on the other hand, was…

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Visiting PV Module producer Solvis in Croatia

Getting from Issol in Belgium to Solvis in Croatia was quite the trip. It´s very far to go without a flight. It started by a 22 hour busride to Vienna. A long day in other words. Not my favourite part of the eurotrip.  Renewable sunset on my 22 hour busride But Vienna was beautiful of course. I spent a few days there, and also went for a trip to Bratisava, as its literally next door. I really liked both cities! Exploring Vienna Bratislava City views On my way to Croatia I also stopped by Slovenia, and liked it so much I…

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Activated Glass and two new countries

After my solar research visit in Halle, I took an overnight bus to the other side of Germany. To the city of Cologne. I had planned to meet my friend Marlene, whom I met in Mexico four years ago. Since we met at a hostel in Cancun, and ended up travelling together a month in Central-America, we have travelled together once a year. It´s crazy how close you get when you experience so much together. Everytime we meet, it´s like it was yesterday we got lost in the Tikal Jungle together, hitchhiked with the locals in Honduras and jumped into…

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Solar research in Germany

The Intersolar week was so great, but also very intens. I absolutely loved meeting all the new people in the solar business. I learned so much in such a short week. After standing up all day, everyday, walking around, being super social and taking in so much new information - I needed some time to process it all. I needed to recharge. So I went to Prague. It was only a 5 hour bus-ride from Munich, and the Czech Rep was also a new country for me. I spent the first day at a spa. A small, 12 euro one,…

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Eurotrip and the Intersolar Exhibition

Finding my way from my visit to Onyx in Spain to the Intersolar Exhibition in Munich, made quite the adventure. I had about 10 days to get there. As I'm only travelling my public transport, it took me about 4 busses and trains to get from Madrid to my next stop; the tiny country of Andorra. A beautiful country on the border between Spain and France, in a valley, surrounded by the Pyrinee mountains. Andorra. Beautiful, but every bit as weather-moody as my home, the west coast of Norway. Andorra was beautiful. So green and so old and new at…

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The Solar Journey Eurotrip begins! Visit to Onyx Solar in Spain!

After Central America and a short trip to New York, I went back to Norway for a short holiday and to start the Eurotrip-part of my Solar Journey. I will be spending about 2,5 months travelling around Europe, trying to visit as many companies and projects as possible. I´m especially looking forward to the Intersolar Conference in Germany.  Having a travel break, watching the sunset in Norway, looking forward to my Solar Journey to be continued. Europe I'm ready! It was nice to start back in Norway and spend some time with family and friends after 3 months apart. Whilst…

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Solar Installation Course in Costa Rica

After my trip to Africa, I had a brief stop in Dubai and Paris before Costa Rica. DUBAI; Me in front of the tallest building in the world. 828 meters tall. Notice how the other skyscrapers in the background look like tiny ants compared to the Burj Khalifa. PARIS; Met my mother in Paris for a few days on my way to Costa Rica. The journey to my next destination, Costa Rica, had already taken 30 hours when I was ready for my last flight from Miami. The gate suddenly changed, and I was too tired to notice, so of…

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Zambia Solar Tour

Solar-wise, my trip to Zambia was better than I could ever have imagined. I didn´t get to see a lot of the country outside of the capital, but that was ok because our program was packed full of exciting solar power projects. Bjørn from Glava Energy Center had set me up with a solar power guide for my entire stay, Abyia Simwinga. Abiya is a Zambian engineer with a solar engineering degree from Sweden. He had taken leave from his job at the Zambian Utility, ZESCO, to make sure I would have the best opportunity to learn as much as…

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