To foster innovative ideas for wind energy through a new award for junior engineers, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) offered the GL Wind Energy Award for Young Professionals, with cash prizes totaling 8,500 euros.
The winners of the award were announced at a job and education fair in Oldenburg, Germany. Andrew Garrad of Garrad Hassan presented the awards to Torge Wehrend, Jan Dubois and Andreas Kaehler.
First-place winner Wehrend addressed commissioning, extension and examination of a laboratory test bench for wind turbines with double-fed, asynchronous generators. His work involved the construction of a voltage-dip generator, as well as examination into hardware protection measures at a wind energy-testing stand using a double-fed, asynchronous machine.
The second-place prize went to Jan Dubois for his investigation into the local dynamics of steel-supporting structures for offshore wind turbines. He examined whether the local web vibration in jacket structures causes an appreciable amount of additional fatigue damage through the dynamic system behavior at the tower head.
Andreas Kaehler received the third-place prize for his development in the career profile of the wind turbine mechatronics technician. His paper examined the requirement for specialized personnel in the wind energy sector and the necessary curricula.
Intended for students or former students of engineering faculties, the GL Wind Energy Award for Young Professionals is offered in cooperation with ForWind, a wind energy research center.
SOURCE: Germanischer Lloyd