This year’s German Renewables Award 2017 were presented Thursday (November 30, 2017) to innovative projects that tackle the main challenges of the energy transition. A jury consisting of eight renewable energy experts chose prize-winners in four categories. Jan Rispens, Managing Director of EEHH GmbH, said: “The prize-winners have shown very clearly that considerable, detailed improvements in wind, solar panels and energy storages are possible today. That broadens the range of applications while reducing the environmental impacts and costs.”
“Product Innovation” and “Project of Year”
E.ON Climate & Renewables won the award in the category Product Innovation of the Year with an offshore wind energy project off the north coast of Rügen where it uses a special procedure to protect the foundations from corrosion. Using an aluminium coating has led to huge cost savings and reduced the impact on the environment considerably. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) won the award in the category Project of the Year for an offshore pump power plant in Lake Constance as part of the Stored Energy in the Sea (StEnSEA) funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.
“Thesis of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement”
Svenja Wenck, a Bachelor-degree graduate of the University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), won the award in the category Thesis of the Year. Wenck used an offset box to show how a CIGS PV module that is no longer working to full capacity owing to age can regenerate automatically during operations and improve output.
Jörg Kuhbier, Senator for Water Management, Energy and Waste Disposal, won this year’s Lifetime Achievement award. From 1983-1991, Kuhbier was a driving force behind sustainable climate policy in Hamburg. “The wise saying ‘progress is a snail’ has been refuted impressively by the rapid, pioneering development of renewable energies since the introduction of the power input law in December 1990. It was a constant joy to work on this success story with so many enthusiastic people,” Kuhbier stressed.
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