November 16h, Brazil - Alex Kellner, Director of the National Museum of Brazil recently, on Nov 15 visited Hanergy, the world’s largest thin-film power solution company, and explored the potential cooperation opportunity for their museum reconstruction project.
The National Museum is Brazil’s oldest scientific institution, having just commemorated its bicentennial in 2018. Home to more than 20 million objects including aboriginal artifacts, fossils, meteorites and Egyptian mummies dating back 3000 years, it was the biggest natural history museum in Latin America. After the devastating fire in September that destroyed much of the archive, the museum has been endeavoring to restore the buildings and exhibits.
Collective efforts have been made to get help from international community to assemble a new collection for the museum, because just like Mr. Kellner’s pointed out, “this tragedy is not only of Brazil, but also of the world”. His visit to China turned out to be very successful, as the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology of China has already issued a proposal that every museum donates at least one specimen to help them get back on their feet.
During his China visit, Alex sought to cooperate with Chinese companies and gauge their interest in contributing to the reconstruction of the museum, that’s when struck his mind the great potential of collaboration with Hanergy, the most pioneering company in energy industry.
Looking forward to the cooperation with Hanergy, Mr. Kellner said, “I’m quite sure that Hanergy can provide us with a new approach of how we could deal with different aspects of energy concerning scientific institutions, particularly the Natural Museum. More so, I’m certain that if we work together, it would be good for both of us.”
The construction will be a two-fold process. The original palace of the museum engulfed by the fire, which was a cultural heritage, will not be torn down. But rather, the external façade would be preserved and maintained with the restoration of the inside to home a new exhibition.
Kellner said, “It’ll take a lot of work and a lot of different approaches (for the palace) to be able to use modern technologies, and hopefully Hanergy can help us with that.” He was especially interested in Hantile and HanWall - Hanergy’s newest building-integrated Photovoltaic products incorporated with its cutting-edge solar-power technologies, which are fire resistant and could help the National Museum save energy consumption and become more environment friendly.
On the other hand, 12 to 15 new pavilions will be built in a new terrain of about 40,000 square meters in a ground the museum was endorsed after the fire. “The first new building will be an educational center,” introduced Kellner.
He further averred, “when I saw the HanWall (which can be transparent), it got me very interested because this is what we want to do. People can go outside and see what's inside, so this is one way maybe we can work together.”
Alexander Kellner was given a tour of Hanergy Renewable Energy Exhibition Center located inside Beijing Olympic Forest Park. The exhibition showcased the thin-film power technologies of Hanergy and its 4 subsidiaries – Solibro based in Germany, MiaSole, Alta Devices and GSE based in the United States. Also exhibited were varied products developed by the technologies, including solar-powered car, umbrella, camping tent and backpack. Lv Yuan, Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, introduced Hanergy’s history and vision.