March 25, 2014

Where does the wind come from?

At a construction site of a wind turbine

These and other basic questions regarding wind energy were answered during the lessons of Module 4, at a March weekend in Bruck / Leitha. In three days the students of the MSc program “Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe” (Class 2013-2015) got an interesting in depth look in wind energy and “state of the art – technologies”.

 At the last day the students visited several construction sites of wind parks in the Brucker Becken, Lower Austria and Parndorfer Platte, Burgenland. From final assembling and test runs of a wind turbine generator to infrastructural construction activities for the wind park - different phases in the construction process could have been observed.

Even the weather was competing with the lecturer to present the power of wind, by coming up with wind speeds of up to 20 m/s. So the visit of the wind turbine generator platform in Bruck / Leitha had to be postponed unfortunately. Nevertheless, after that impressive look behind the scenes the message was received: Wind energy will serve as one cornerstone and a driving force for the application of a world energy system, which is driven by renewable energies to substitute fossil and nuclear sources.

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