Clean Energy & Safe Drinking Water as a Service

Access to safe drinking water is a basic need and a human right. A reliable energy supply is the basic prerequisite for any economic development of a society.

​The Powerhouse-Concept at a Glance is a non-profit organization that builds modular mini-grid powerhouse systems – designed according to the German Bauhaus building block principle – in sub-Saharan Africa with local partners to give everyone affordable access to safe drinking water and electricity. The technology was developed by in Germany by the renowned research institution Fraunhofer HHI and Clausthal University of technology and manufactured by the start-up company VoltaMove GmbH.

VoltaViewAfrica Powerhouse systems, together with the mobile, light and portable battery power packs, open up completely new possibilities: what yesterday were the diesel generator and the power grid are today the VoltaViewAfrica Powerhouse and the VoltaMove2Go power packs. Forward-looking concepts such as mobility as a service – here electromobility for fishing boats adapted to the needs and economic conditions of local fishermen in sub-Saharan Africa – but also women empowerment by founding micro-enterprises such as sewing shops are now possible even in remote rural areas thanks to this new technology.

School project in Kaolack/Senegal

School project in Kaolack/Senegal

School project in Kaolack/Senegal The Brusch&Ritscher Foundation enables the construction of a school center in Kaolack/Senegal, resulting from a school and town partnership between the Lower Saxony town of Osterode…

e-Mobility for Bird-Watching in The Gambia

e-Mobility for Bird-Watching in The Gambia

e-Mobility for Bird-Watching in The Gambia Birdwatching is one of the main tourism attractions in The Gambia. Over 600 different bird species are registered in the local mangrove forests. In…

Watotowaafrica Waisenhaus

The Watoto wa Africa Orphanage

The Watoto wa Africa Orphanage The Watotowaafrica orphanage in Mwanza/Tanzania is a facility in great need because they have no or just irregular electricity and no drinking water. Their source…



Fishing is the main source of income for many families in sub-Saharan Africa along the west and east African coasts and the large lakes in the central parts of the continent, e.g. Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Malawi Lake. The fishing boats are mainly operated with petrol outboard engines.

Tweyambe Schule in Bukoba/Tanzania

Tweyambe School in Bukoba/Tanzania

Tweyambe is a private secondary and high school in the Northwest of Tanzania close to Bukoba. In Spring 2023 the team of VoltaViewAfrica installed a VoltaViewAfrica Powerhouse

Kibumba Island

Kibumba Island/Lake Victoria Tanzania

The team from Fraunhofer HHI and Clausthal University of Technology initiated their first project in collaboration with the Tanzanian company JUMEME Ltd. in 2019 at Lake Victoria on the island Kibumba.

Prof. Wolfgang Schade

Physicist, responsible for research and development of the powerhouse technology​

Andrea Freistein-Schade

Teacher, responsible for education and new business opportunities for women

Lars-Sebastian Schade

Medical Assistant, working on development of medical container module and assistance during installation of powerhouse plants

Jörn Falk

Business IT engineer, responsible for communication and assistance during installation of powerhouse plants​

Valentin Fliege

Student, working on mechanical construction and preassembling of powerhouse modules

Simon Mill

Student, working on medial presentation of our projects

Max Haustein

Student, working on safe water production for our powerhouse plants

Michael Plümer​

IT specialist, responsible for Website​

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