May 15, 2012

Students explore hydro-, wind-, and PV plants in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

From May 7-12, 2012 students of class 2011-2013 of the MSc Program "Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe" were hosted by Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha.

The learning topics for Module 4 were hydro power and wind power. Lecturers came from the Technical University of Vienna as well as from private companies that are active in the field. Two days were also reserved for a field trip.

Students were invited to visit the small hydro plant “Nussdorfer Wehr” and the large hydro power plant Freudenau both located within the Vienna city limits. After a nice lunch at a restaurant which was ideally situated on the banks of the Danube River, the group went on to the “Parndorfer Platte” in Northern Burgenland, currently the site of the largest wind park construction site of all of Europe.

All things considered, the students could see a lot of different renewable energy sites in a short period of time. This will help them to get a feeling for different sizes and capacities of various renewable energy conversion technologies. Additionally, excursions always provide a nice environment for networking with each other and the guides.

Many thanks to Philipp Wieltschnig from Verbund Renewable Power for making a visit of a running wind turbine possible for the group and also for inviting us to a nice Heurigen in Höflein for dinner.


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