Skills on Wheels: Solar Mobile Laboratory by Steinbeis at REI-Expo

Steinbeis participated in the German Pavillion in REI-Expo 2018 in New Delhi and displayed its unique concept “Skills on Wheels” a Mobile Solar Training Van.  This van is a first of its kind of initiative in Asia to empower the aspiring rural youth.  The basic concept and design were conceptualized by Steinbeis Germany and the Fabrication was done at Hyderabad, India.

Due to high infrastructure costs many training institutes are unable to reach the rural areas and hence technical skills cannot be imparted there.  Through programs like “Skills on Wheels” Steinbeis is able to reach the youth in villages/town at their door steps.  Steinbeis encourages the rural youth to move towards the technical world by providing employment or entrepreneurship opportunities.

Through its customized training programs, Steinbeis has connected theoretical knowledge to the practical know-how through experiential learning.  Steinbeis works hand in hand in motivating young entrepreneurship towards solar industry with many companies in Private Sector, to understand their requirements of the manpower and expertise.

Steinbeis training programs are internationally recognized with organizations like European Energy Center (EEC) and its laboratory is fully equipped with standards and guidelines of the Skill Council for Green Jobs.

During this exhibition Industry experts/Students/Bankers/Educational Institutes and other visitors have shown keen interest in extending their business relations with Steinbeis.   It was highly recommended that by organizing inhouse training programs (on the job training) from time to time for the working professionals by an experienced solar faculty from Steinbeis would provide an added value for the upgradation of this budding industry.

There were requirement from other institutes for setting solar training industries in partnership with Steinbeis, in other parts of the country.   One of the interesting requirements was for retrofitting vans with solar systems for other applications.

Mr. Vineet Kumar Goyal, Director, Steinbeis India made a presentation on “Opportunity to establish Indo-German Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy Technologies and Training”.  As a part of this initiative, in cooperation with nReEn-Steinbeis Institute for sustainable Resource Usage and Energy Management, Steinbeis Innovation GMBH Germany, shall set up centers of Excellence in Indian Institutions.

Steinbeis India shall be responsible for the operational management of the Centers, while NReEn shall manage research activities between German & Indian Partners.  The objective of these centers shall be to build-up a network of Companies, Industry Associates, Research Institutes and Universities for applied research.  These centers shall support creation of research activities between India and Germany, while also implementing new learning methodologies for distance learning for managing new technologies.  The partner Institution shall provide infrastructure for the research presence in terms of utilizing existing laboratories, providing office-space and providing an expert as Head of the Centre.   Steinbeis & Indian Institute shall together work to activate the network to Indian Industry for building up a network together with Indian Companies and Research centres.  nReEn shall coordinate the activities between German & Indian partners and provide the Idea Management Software “PINN” for sharing ideas and develop research projects and proposals.   The institute shall also implement industry related management programs together with Steinbeis University both in online – distance learning and classroom courses.

For more details please contact: Vineet(at)