The winners of the German Renewable Awards presented by the Renewable Energies Hamburg Cluster (EEHH) were lauded Thursday (November 28, 2019) in the Altona Opera Loft for projects ranging from virtual power plants, power purchase agreements to sustainable heat supply concepts for companies. The recipients include Dr. Eckart Jantzen, Managing Director of the Galab food laboratory in Bergedorf, who won the Project of the Year prize. His award-winning idea means the laboratory operates on stored iced and a heat pump based only on water storage. His cooling system works in long, hot summers and saves 70 per cent in emissions as there is no need for air conditioning. No other energy source is needed for operations. The eight-member jury had also selected the winners in the categories Product Innovation of the Year, Project of the Year, Student Work of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. A journalistic prize was awarded for outstanding reporting on the energy transition.
Storing wind energy
When accepting the award, Jantzen remarked: “It is the obvious things that together have a huge effect. Doing something obvious, not waiting for encouragement, believing in instinct and in the feasibility of the seemingly impossible from an energetic point of view lets us look towards the future with fewer worries.” Other prize-winners include Jost Broichmann and Tobias Struck at the Westmecklenburgische Energieversorgung AG (WEMAG) in Schwerin, who scooped the Product Innovation of the Year prize for developing WBS 500. The system is akin to a transformer and switching station and supplies energy in the event of a disruption. It can also act as a charging point for e-cars. This comes against the backdrop of how to store excess wind energy, which is an ongoing issue in the sector.
Other prize winners
Svantje Schulz won the Student Work of the Year for her research into alternative models for boosting renewable energies as part of her Master’s thesis. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are long-term electricity supply agreements between two parties. Schulz analysed how new financing risks are assessed and how to implement PPAs safely and transparently. Dr. Wolfgang von Geldern, former CDU State Secretary, received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award for his commitment to environmental protection and renewable energies. Christian Hattesen received the Journalist Award of the Year for his report entitled ”Pioneers of the Energy Transition – Climate Protectors from the Hunsrück”, which aired on the regional television channel SWR.