Electricity from ocean waves, decentralised energy supply of cities, cost reduction models for offshore projects – the 61 applications for the German Renewables Award 2014 impress with variety of subjects and a high degree of innovation. For the first time, the Renewable Energies Hamburg Cluster Agency (EEHH) will grant the price not only in the categories “Product Innovation of the Year” and “Project of the Year”, but also for the “Student Work Wind” and the “Lifetime Achievement Wind”. The prize-giving ceremony will take place 23 September2014 at Hamburg’s historic fish auction hall as a premium event of the industry new lead fair Wind Energy Hamburg.
“In Northern Germany, and the Hamburg Metropolitan Region in particular, the renewable energies developed into a core business sector. As head of the Northern German region and the Hamburg study centre of the Frankfurt school, I am committed to supporting the activities of the cluster Renewable Energy Hamburg. The German Renewables Award is an important distinction. It is a pleasure to observe the dedicated tinkerers and thinkers and to pursue their idees”, says jury member Rüdiger Theophil, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management GmbH. Together with seven other judges from industry and academia, he selects the four winners.
“Product Innovation of the Year“
In the category “Product Innovation of the Year“, the nine applications in this category ranged from systems for generating electricity from ocean waves and methods to the detection of birds in the vicinity of wind turbines and computer programmes that display transportation and availability of offshore components. In 2013, a storage system from the Breisgau company ASD Automatic Storage Device GmbH, which can be used to save power generated by solar energy systems, combined heat and power units and wind turbines, was honoured as “Product Innovation of the Year”.
“Project of the Year“:
How can companies of today provide themself with self-generated clean energy. How could a large city be fed with renewable eletricity and heat in a decentralised way? These are some examples of the questions tackled by the 18 entrants hoping to be name winner in the category “Project of the Year”. In 2013, Spitzner Engineers GmbH received he German Renewables Award in the category of “Project of the Year” with a novel blade design for wind turbines that allows for significant performance increases when retrofitting existing wind turbines.
“Student Work Wind“
Studies on technical developments in wind energy and cost reduction potential of offshore wind farms are among the topics of the degree theses handed in by student in the “Student Work Wind” category. In this category, six entries are competing.
“Lifetime Achievement Wind“
28 politicians, technical pioneers, entrepreneurs, association representatives and scientists who focused in their their professional life’s work on the development of local wind energy industry have been nominated for the category “Lifetime Achievement Wind”. In 2013, the German Renewables Award for lifetime achievement in the field of renewable energy was granted to Dr. Hartwig Westphalen, founder of SunEnergy Europe GmbH. him
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