This is a first building that has insulation added on the walls and the roof to save energy.
Some projects last longer than planned, but the result is more beautiful:
The farm house built according to minergy principles has been finished.
At the end of June we could inaugurate the new building of the Ryokpho vegetable cooperative: “Firstly our project partners showed us the different stages of construction during winter time with some photos. It is always thrilling to look through the camera the Korean way. There are always snapshots making us smile. During a brake we bought some deliciousness in a Pyongyang grocer‘s shop (apples, pastries, meat, beer, etc.) in order to contribute to the inauguration festivity. After a half-hour car drive to the farmers‘ village the solemnisation took place. We were told all the details – the pride for the finished work was obvious. In the living room of the farm tomato slices were arranged with care, the schnapps glasses were filled. It was beautiful to clink glasses for this success.
In our latest edition we reported about the successful renovation of an old building owned by the same cooperative. The administration building got a new insulation and new windows. During last winter the staff could feel the difference. They have reported that the stocked seed potatoes could no longer freeze. Also the attached greenhouse was working well. They had cultivated cabbage, salad, and garlic in it.
These buildings shall be models for different partners for introducing new building standards. We hope that the Non-conventional Energy Development Center (NCEDC) will be successful in helping to realise many other projects of this kind.”
Upcoming autumn a group of North Korean specialists will visit Switzerland for an advanced training for cultivating, harvesting und storing fodder.
What Agape International started many years ago has been promoting now by the government in a new region: Land reclamation of scarcely used territories. Grass has been sown in a big area in the Sepho plateau in the south-eastern part of the country and the cattle breeding has been promoted. The responsible persons would like to visit Switzerland for a stay of several weeks in order to acquire the needed special knowledge.
In collaboration with different Swiss specialists we help realise this advanced training. The food supply is considerably better than some years ago. We think such advanced trainings make sense because we can help indirectly to improve the protein supply. Many families never can afford meat, even almost no soy or dairy products.
Another part of the project has been finished: Minergy farm, greenhouse, and renovation of an old building. What‘s next?
Besides the wind engines, solar cells and collectors known everywhere, there are some more ‚engineering marvels.‘ One of them is the Stirling engine. Basically, the difference of two temperatures drives a little engine with generator. It produces electricity for illumination or driving small apparatuses.
Our project partners have been interested for a long time and got more information in Europe. They want to do some more research and intend to produce such mini power stations at the Non-conventional Energy Development Center (NCEDC).
Like the little wind engines these mini generators shall be used in rural areas for lightening houses. They will be presenting us with their next project proposal soon.