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Innovators of renewable energy branch sought

Applications now being accepted for fifth German Renewables Award. Ceremony to be held during big wind industry event

In 2016, the fifth edition of the Renewable Energy Cluster Hamburg (EEHH) will present the German Renewables Awards for innovative developments in the sector. Prizes will be awarded in four categories. Applications can be submitted between February 12-March 25, 2016. An independent jury will select a winner. The awards will be presented on September 28, 2016 as part of the leading international WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 fair.

Clear cut application procedure

Jan Rispens, Managing Director of EEHH, said: “Every year, we and the jury are impressed by the wealth of ideas in the applications sparked by our German Renewables Award.” Applications can be submitted with an online tool and in a manageable time period. The jury includes many experts in the renewable energy sector, among others, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege of B.A.U.M. e.V., Dr. Kai Hünemörder of the Centre for Energy, Water, and Environmental Technology (ZEWU) and Dr. Daniela Jacob of the Climate Service Center Hamburg.

Trophies and prize monies

Applications can be submitted in four categories. The winners of the category “Innovative Product of the Year”, “Project of the Year”, “Life Work Wind Energy” will receive a certificate, a trophy and a year’s free admission to all events organized solely by EEHH. An award of EUR 2,000 will go to the winner of the “Student Work of the Year on Wind Energy”.

Sustainable electrolysis

During the 2015 award ceremony, the jury honored the pioneer of German Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the retired Ministerialrat, Dr. Wolfhart Dürrschmidt, with the German Renewables Award in the category “Life Work”. For over 30 years, the physicist was committed to expanding renewable energies and active climate protection. Siemens AG received the German Renewables Award 2015 for the largest available, standard PEM electrolysis system – the SILYZER – in the category “Innovative Product of the Year”. Electrolysis transforms excess renewable electricity into hydrogen during which requirements can be stored.

Especially high weakwind turbines

SmartRegion Pellworm won the “Project of the Year”. The Hansewerk AG and the Schleswig-Holstein Netz GmbH have spent decades creating a supply system, marked by the high use of renewable energy, on the island. The annual balance sheet shows that about treble the amount of electricity is generated from renewable energy than actually consumed. Florian Roscheck, winner of the “Student Work of the Year”, programmed robots that can automate particularly high weakwind turbines and can be made on the construction site.
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Sources and further information:
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