Students Study Renewable Energy in Denmark

Students Study Renewable Energy in Denmark

Karen Supan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Norwich University launched its inaugural faculty-led study abroad “Maymester” trips this past May 14 – June 2.  Karen Supan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, taught a 3-credit mechanical engineering elective course on renewable energy in Copenhagen, Denmark.  This locale was chosen because of its recent accolade as European Green Capital 2014.  The group of 10 students learned about renewable energy technologies and then had a chance to see those technologies in action.  Site visits included:

Middelgrunden offshore wind turbine farm
Amager Resource Center, a waste-to-energy cogeneration plant
Avedore Power Plant, a biomass cogeneration plant
Technical University of Denmark – wind energy lab

The group also made a trip to southern Denmark, to the city of Sonderborg, where the entire community has united in a zero-carbon-emissions campaign, entitled Project Zero.  In Sonderborg, the students met with Project Zero CEO Peter Rathje, who led them on a tour of a solar heater farm and a net-zero home, and to see onshore wind turbines.  The students also visited the world headquarters of the Danfoss Corporation, which is one of the largest supporters of Project Zero.

Solar heaters, as seen in the Figure, are used to provide renewable energy to the city of Sonderborg, Denmark.

Norwich University students visit Middelgrunden Wind Farm off the coast of Copenhagen, Denmark. Pictured left to right: (Back Row) Rob Sheldon, Jack Carnahan, Chris Stanwich, (3rd Row), Max Landry, Eric Jones, Darren Desabrais, (2nd Row), Site host, Hans Chr. Soerensen, Stefan Koberl, Karen Supan, (Front row), Emily Oliver, Cassidy Valinski, Seth Simon.

Students are pictured in front of Amager Bakke, which will be a state of the art Waste-to-Energy facility. The new facility will have a downhill ski slope on the roof and a climbing wall on the slide. The students toured neighboring Amager Resource Center, which will be decommissioned in about 6 weeks when Amager Bakke is opened.

Students are pictured in front of Amager Bakke, which will be a state of the art Waste-to-Energy facility. The new facility will have a downhill ski slope on the roof and a climbing wall on the slide. The students toured neighboring Amager Resource Center, which will be decommissioned in about 6 weeks when Amager Bakke is opened.

Students pictured in front of Avedore Power Station, a cogeneration plant that can run off of wood pellets, straw, natural gas, and oil.

Students pictured in front of Avedore Power Station, a cogeneration plant that can run off of wood pellets, straw, natural gas, and oil.

The group had a chance to see the steam turbines inside Avedore Power Plant #2.

The group had a chance to see the steam turbines inside Avedore Power Plant #2.

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The group visited with Morten Hartvig, Professor at Technical University of Denmark – Wind Energy Lab, and was shown many of their research turbines. Pictured behind the group is a new type of turbine that was set to operate a few days after their visit.

Solar heaters, as seen in the Figure, are used to provide renewable energy to the city of Sonderborg, Denmark.

Solar heaters, as seen in the Figure, are used to provide renewable energy to the city of Sonderborg, Denmark.