On February 4, 2020, Fredericia Maskinemesterskole (Mechanical Engineering School) inaugurated a new solar cell plant on the roof of the school. In doing so, Google, Fredericia Maskinmesterskole and Fredericia Municipality formally marked the collaboration between the school and the tech giant.
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It was a celebration day for Fredericia Maskinmesterskole that could now showcase the new solar system that Google has invested in.
Torben Dahl, Principal of Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, welcomed in English as Google representatives were also present, including the Head of Google’s Data Center in Fredericia, Arni Jonsson.
The principal emphasized the purpose of renewable energy and how the facility can help strengthen the educatoin for the students in the area.
“We are very grateful to have received the donation from Google, and I would like to thank them for their cooperation,” Torben Dahl said. At the same time, he also thanked Fredericia Municipality for the interest and support for the exciting project.
Arni Jonsson from Google expressed his gratitude to Fredericia Maskinmesterskole for the opportunity to work with the school on the project:
“It’s been a year since we first met to discuss the opportunities. We see it as a natural step for us in the countries where we set up data centers, so for us it was important to establish this collaboration with the school”. Jonsson further expressed that he hopes that the project is only the first step on a long journey, as Google does not perceive it to be a standalone project, but as part of continuous projects.
After this, mayor of Fredericia Municipality, Jacob Bjerregaard, held a speech where he thanked Fredericia Maskinmesterskole and Google for the collaboration.
“When we welcomed Google to Fredericia a couple of years ago, we talked discussed the fact that one thing was a big data center and the many jobs – but something else was the whole education part. So we have had many good conversations over the years about how we can cross-pollinate Fredericia’s educational environment,” Bjerregaard explained.
He stated that the collaboration between Fredericia Maskinmesterskole and Google had succeeded, and at the same time he emphasized that the municipality is really happy about it. He also thanked the municipality’s committees and employees for succeeding in turning thoughts into realities, as well as the efforts they make to make it happen.
“More educational spots and a collaboration with the business community – we are quite proud of that,” the mayor added, who is in the belief that the efforts that had been put into the course 3-4 years ago is now starting to succeed.
After Jacob Bjerregaard cut the string and officially inaugurated the plant, the attendees were invited to the roof of Fredericia Maskinmesterskole, where a beautiful view over the water and solar plant awaited.