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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!
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 absolutely amazing! I liked it so much I stayed for 5 days! The beaches were super nice, with the clearest water you could ever imagine. The old town was beautiful and I made some great friends there. Instead of going out clubbing, we all just went to the beach and sat there and had wine and went for a swim.
Albania was also such a gem. The friends I made were the best, and I decided to skip North Macedonia and instead go on a roadtrip down the Albanian coast with some of them. I also joined them to Corfu in Greece. Afterwards I went to Thessaloniki in Greece and had a really great time there as well.
Making my way up to Lithuania, I stopped by Moldova, Ukraine and Poland. This was fast travel and a lot of sightseeing.
I also spent 3 days in Lithuania before my visit to SoliTek. Andrejs picked me up at the hostel, and we went to their HQ a short trip out of town. We started the day with coffee and croassaints and meeting several of his coworkers.
SoliTek researches, develops, manufactures, sells and installs solar cells & panels. Any size project, any panel type. Their specialization is EU manufactured Glass-Glass panels, designed for rooftops. Most of their costumers are in Europe, which I think is good, as the shorter the transport distance, the lower the carbon footprint will be. Buying close to home is almost always better for the climate.
We began the day by taking a tour of their factory. The factory actually also doubles as a CD factory. I didn’t even know CD ́s were still being produced and didn’t expect to ever see a CD machine in my lifetime.
The factory was in the same building as their office, and 8 years ago when it was built, it was one of the most energy efficient buildings in Europe. Back in Norway I work as an energy advisor in Entro AS, who focuses exactly on the energy efficiency in buildings. So I made them take me through all the technical rooms in the building. It gets both its heating and cooling system from Geothermal wells drilled deep into the earth under it, and has solar power all over the roof. My kind of building for sure!
After lunch they had a little fun activity for me to try. A little module testing!
They put out two different modules, one standard and one glass-glass one (a module with glass on both sides). Then they gave me a hammer and told me to test the strength of the modules. I hammered with all my strength on the glass and it didn’t even make a scratch. Andrejs managed to break the standard module, but he is obviously a bit stronger than me. After like 10+ tries I finally managed to brake it. But only the back glass of the glass-glass module. As only the back glass broke, the module would still work 100%. I didn’t expect them to be so hard to break. Definetly learned something new today, and also got a little bit of aggression out, haha.
When we were done with our little module testing session, they took me to a current project they are doing. A famous Lithuanian race car driver won a price when he decided to put solar power on his service truck instead of a dieselgenerator. Now he also decided to put solar on his own roof. He lived on the top floor of an old apartment building, and were putting glass-glass modules on his roof. I got to climb up on the roof to see the installation in progress. The view was amazing. Probably the best view of Vilnius.
I had such a great day with SoliTek! Thank you so much for having me!