DNV GL recently announced the winners of its 3rd Annual Wind Energy Award at EWEA 2014 in Barcelona. Themed “Innovative ideas for wind energy,” DNV GL’s award recognizes and rewards young industry professionals’ forward-looking concepts and creative ideas for new technical approaches to research and development within the wind industry.
As the offshore wind industry continues to pick up pace, finding qualified experts with the required technical and practical knowledge is becoming increasingly challenging. Promoting young talent to pursue a career in the wind energy sector is crucial to ensuring future innovation and the sustained technical progress of the industry.
“Having reviewed the award entries this year I’m filled with confidence that the next generation of wind energy engineers will more than live up to that challenge,” says Andreas Schröter, executive vice president of Renewable Certification at DNV GL. “The number and quality of entries demonstrated an outstanding breadth of creativity, adding real value to concrete challenges the wind energy is facing.”
Schröter presented the €5000 (apprx. $6900) first place prize to Christian Hermann for his paper on ‘Analysis and modelling of maritime transport concepts for route and mission planning of operational and maintenance of offshore wind parks and its software technical implementation.’
Second place was awarded to Tom Probst’s for his paper on ‘Service life analysis of grouted connections for an offshore wind energy plant.’ Roderick den Ouden took third place for his work on ‘Conceptual and control design of a wind turbine blade installation tool.’