A bug for wind energy: Small wind turbines as a democratic building block of the energy transition
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 5:00pm
Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schröder - Institute for Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Construction
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The importance of wind power for the transformation of our fossil fuel economy to a climate-neutral energy economy is undisputed. The advantages of generating electricity from wind have been on the table for years - and yet the expansion is not progressing as fast as it should. There are several reasons for this: insufficient production capacities, resistance to plant construction, excessive bureaucracy in the form of lengthy approval procedures, lack of skilled labour for installation, etc.
But what possibilities are there to escape this dilemma? This presentation aims to show that an approach based on small, decentralised units can be as successful in the energy industry as it has been in building the internet or mobilising the population. Technological and economic challenges will be discussed and solutions worked out. And perhaps the end result will even be the democratisation of energy production.
The video recording of the lecture and discussion will be available later.
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In cooperation with the Department of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University, FZ Jülich, the Regional Group of the German Informatics Society (RIA), the Regional Industry Club for Computer Science Aachen (Regina), the Aachen Group of the German University Association.