Three winners of the German Renewables Award accepted prizes Wednesday (September 28th) during WindEnergy 2016 for tireless efforts towards the success of the energy transition. They had spent three decades on formative wind turbine developments, achieving extremely swift energy storage systems and optimizing traits of turbulence in wind farms. A jury of eight professionals in the renewable energies sector had selected the winners.
Jan Rispens, Managing Director of EEHH-Cluster, said: “Curiosity and inventiveness, perseverance and engineer knowledge are still traits of the renewable energies sector. The projects and persons distinguished today have exemplified them in an outstanding manner. All our prize-winners reflect the innovative strength in the sector, which is noticeable here at this week’s WindEnergy fair.”
Lifetime achievement – wind energy
Sönke Siegfriedsen won the “Lifetime Wind Energy” for his unprecedented global contribution to developing wind energy technology. Siegfriedsen is a pioneer in the wind energy sector and founder of the Rendsburg-based Aerodyn Engineering. The inventor can look back on an unrivalled success story featuring 50 patent families and 27 wind farms. In 1979, he built his first wind farm on the roof of the university of applied sciences that he was attending at the time. Today, he focuses on floating offshore facilities with only two rotor blades for use in Southeast Asia, which is regularly ravaged by typhoons.
When accepting the prize, Siegfriedsen said: “Wind has excited me throughout my life – regardless of out sailing or developing wind turbines. I am really delighted that some 40,000 Aerodyn design farms are operating worldwide and contributing to environment-friendly electricity supply.”
Freqcon GmbH won the “Product Innovation of the Year” award for its ultra capacitor grid stabilizer. The innovative energy saving system guarantees extremely swift, powerful energy transfer when required. The storage system can be built into inverters of wind turbines and PV systems.
Wind energy as a student project
Three of six student entries for the German Renewables Award 2016 took home prizes. Nils Gerke, who studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, analysed data measured in wind parks to calculate caster turbulence in his M.A. thesis. Maik Schönfeld, a student at RWTH Aachen University, presented a comparison of procedures and short-circuit calculation. Helena Canet Tarrés, a student at the Technical University of Munich, focused on geographic methods at the Jülich Research Centre of assessing possible sites for wind farms.
Since 2012, the Renewable Energy Cluster Hamburg (EEHH) has presented the German Renewables Award in even years during the leading global expo WindEnergy Hamburg, and in uneven years at other locations in Hamburg.
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