Adventures in Denmark

Anonymous

Xavier Martínez Beseler

30th November 2018

 

Last weekend 23th-24th November, twenty guys from around the world, twenty young entrepreneurs, twenty people who just met 5 months ago, in the end, twenty friends! met in Copenhagen to re-experience the feeling of being together, reinforce our bonds, tell each other about the projects we are currently carrying on and finally climb a wind turbine!

 

“The wind turbine trip was an amazing experience, the renewable energy sector is growing exponential and its is very important that more people are aware of the opportunities within this sector.” - Floor ter Haar

 

We met during the summer school organized by Climate-KIC. During the journey we spent 2 weeks in Paris, 2 weeks in Zurich and a week in Leoben, developing business plans reducing Climate Change. Last weekend, 5 months later 20 of these energetic guys met in the lovely Copenhagen to catch up, but we could not just met up in a café…!

 

“Having this mini Climate KIC Journey reunion was a great way to reaffirm the mission we have all embarked upon - namely - fighting climate change through the power of technology and entrepreneurship” - Inna Amesheva

 

Rapo Carole, the manager from Zurich, proposed me to organize a visit to a wind farm during the reunion. Initially, it looked like a crazy idea she had after she saw I had recently visited the Anholt offshore wind farm organized by Ørsted. But was not that crazy at the end!

I accepted the challenge and started calling and sending emails everywhere! After talking with different companies and people I run into Hans Christian Søerensen, a passionate man who has developed many wind farms and who is currently developing new sustainable energy projects.

 

“We’ve been told how in Denmark the first onshore and offshore wind farms could be materialized by a combination of the private sector and small individual contributors living nearby (organized in cooperatives). It was a nice insight for what to do in the future with other emerging technologies” - Francesco Lovat

 

Hans Christian Søerensen received us in his offices in the center of Copenhagen, where we talked about the situation of wind power in Denmark, different projects he led through his company SPOK ApS and one of the projects he is working now at Wave Dragon, wave energy which can compensate wind power generation in the future since it gives maximum capacity when wind farms have to be shut down due to high wind speeds.

“It was first of all a very intense experience; climbing on top of a wind turbine is not something you do everyday ! I learnt as well how our knowledge on wind energy has progressed in the last 22 years - this wind turbine is my age, and it’s already considered as old technologically speaking. Our knowledge and skills in renewable energies keep increasing, and it's good to see that - it reinforced my belief that we will keep moving forward in order to achieve a 100% renewable energy world one day!” - Misty Montéville

 

Hans finished introducing Lynettens wind farm and a few minutes later we were already there, at the north of Refshaleøen, staring at the wind farm developed in 1996 (which means that they have been running for more than 20 years and they are still supplying green energy!!). The so called Lynetten Vind I/D wind farm is conformed by 7 wind turbines of 600kW each, that was greatest model at that time!

Then it came the moment to climb up of one of the wind turbines! Hans climbed up with the first group and stayed there until the end, explaining every detail from the wind turbine: mechanical brake, type of wind speed control, type of generator…

It was super interesting for me to visit a wind turbine and see the different components after having been working on the control algorithms for wind turbines for 3 months. Talking with H.C. Sørensen I'm impressed by how far the technology has come, seeing that we visited some older models and I am working with the state of the art.” - Frederik Svane

 

...but also less technical topics such as the views we were staring at: nothing but Copenhagen rooftops forwards to the north and the beautiful shape of the offshore wind farm next to us: Middlegrunden!

The visit was created within the program of a reunion of 20 people from the 2018 Journey 7 organized by Climate-KIC. We met this summer and lived together for 5 incredible weeks. Within the journey we rose our awareness of climate change in Paris, spotted market opportunities contributing to the reduction of climate change in Zurich anb learnt how to develop a business case and how to pitch to show our project to the rest of the world in Leoben.

 

After the journey, several little reunion took place but this time more than half of the Journey 7 met up in Copenhagen for a whole weekend. We had dinners, party, coffee time to catch up, sightseeing, share how our own projects are going on (some of which came up within the journey!). And this visit was the cherry on the cake. Besides the leisure time we spent together, we were able to allocate this beautiful initiative.

 

"Great experience being able to connect again with the Journey 7 team. Visiting the wind turbine, as someone with a business background was immense! Never knew how intelligent the systems are or how big the machines are used to operate them. En eye-opening experience" - Leyth Hampshire

 

I am personally very glad of having organized this visit. Rapo Carole, the Climate-KIC manager from Zurich gave me the idea of organizing a visit for this reunion and I thought why not? Let’s do it! After talking with some companies and a lot of people I ended up finding this perfect location: in the same borders of Copenhagen with the sea, a project sprought out from a cooperative project, carried out by entrepreneurs from the 1990’s who thought that another world had to be done and could not resist to wait for someone else to do it. And last weekend, 22 years later, one of the guys who led that project was there, on top of a wind turbine, telling young entrepreneurs from Climate-KIC how they did it. The message was clear: new tech is there to come, we need to empower this world entirely green and to do so, we have to be in the cutting edge to take advantage of the new state of art to find business opportunities contributing to decrease global warming and reducing our impact on the Earth. Upon the realization of this visit, we got inspiration and evidences of how almost 45% of Denmark’s Energy Supply comes from Wind Energy. Then we kept networking and reinforcing this lovely community created 5 months ago which has nothing but kicked off.

 

“After all climate KIC journey in summer, we were extremely lucky to spend whole weekend together. The second round of journey made me feel more bonded in another level, as a family. This reminded me the feeling that I've got during the summer that together with all people, we can make anything happen!”- Jihye Jeong

 

 

“Events like this one reconnect and increase understanding on mitigation of climate change and thereby are food for thought and inspiration. I learnt how far denmark is with windmills and what the opportunities and barriers of wind turbines are” - Juliska van Doren


"I'd say this reunion provided us not only the chance to be reunited with the people we bounded on our Journey but to take a closer look and what they are doing and what opportunities the city they live in has to offer." - Francisco

 

 

Entire quotes

 

“Having this mini Climate KIC Journey reunion was a great way to reaffirm the mission we have all embarked upon - namely - fighting climate change through the power of technology and entrepreneurship. The energy and drive that power our amazing community is always a source of inspiration. Visiting the wind farm and learning about the wind energy industry in Denmark provided an incredible opportunity to witness first-hand the development in the sector in one of the most advanced renewable energy markets in the world. Getting the ‘insider perspective’ (quite literally, as we were climbing up the wind turbine), enabled us to immerse ourselves in the world of renewables and get a sense of the huge scale of wind farm projects” - Inna Amesheva

 

“The reunion of Journey 7 in Copenhagen was fantastic. It was great to see the big Climate-KIC family again. I believe it is very important that people with this great mind set keep in touch and keep exchanging innovative ideas and inspirations. The wind turbine trip was an amazing experience, the renewable energy sector is growing exponential and its is very important that more people are aware of the opportunities within this sector. I learned a lot about how the machinery works and how the renewable transition is moving forward.” - Floor ter Haar

 

“I think this has been relevant for the alumni of The Journey 7 2018 because it’s been a nice reason to gather all of us again, to get updates on what are we doing know and to exchange future ideas and projects to help mitigating global warming. I think this follows the line of what the CKAA is supposed exist for: “to contribute to building a climate-resilient society by connecting, inspiring and empowering actions of individuals and organisations.”

It’s been very interesting because firstly’ we’ve been told how in Denmark the first onshore and offshore wind farms could be materialized by a combination of the private sector and small individual contributors living nearby (organized in cooperatives). It was a nice insight for what to do in the future with other emerging technologies. Then, when visiting the wind farm, Hans explained us many different characteristics and issues he, as responsible of the planning of the wind farm, and the other contributors faced during all the stages of the projects and, of course, how a wind turbine works and is controlled.” - Francesco Lovat

 

“It was first of all a very intense experience ; climbing on top of a wind turbine is not something you do everyday ! I learnt as well how our knowledge on wind energy has progressed in the last 22 years - this wind turbine is my age, and it’s already considered as old technologically speaking. Our knowledge and skills in renewable energies keep increasing, and it's good to see that - it reinforced my belief that we will keep moving forward in order to achieve a 100% renewable energy world one day!” - Misty Montéville

 

“As Climate KIC alumni, we try our best to inspire and motivate people with great energy. Throughout the visit to Copenhagen, I have been being inspired all the time by others, up until now which is after the visit. After all climate KIC journey in summer, we were extremely lucky to spend whole weekend together. The second round of journey made me feel more bonded in another level, as a family. This reminded me the feeling that I've got during the summer that together with all people, we can make anything happen! This time, I could see even more hope that we can build a miracle together.

On the top of wind turbine, I could be told about history of energy use in Northern europe. It was very interesting how it developed. By having such a special experience, I was impactfully inspired. Furthermore, all these priceless experiences encouraged me to be willing to make a contribution of inspiring and motivating others to fight against climate change by sharing such story and vision.” - Jihye Jeong

 

"I'd say this reunion provided us not only the chance to be reunited with the people we bounded on our Journey but to take a closer look and what they are doing and what opportunities the city they live in has to offer." - Francisco

 

“Events like this one reconnect and increase understanding on mitigation of climate change and thereby are food for thought and inspiration. I learnt how far denmark is with windmills and what the opportunities and barriers of wind turbines are” - Juliska van Doren

 

"Great experience being able to connect again with the Journey 7 team. Visiting the wind turbine, as someone with a business background was immense! Never knew how intelligent the systems are or how big the machines are used to operate them. En eye-opening experience" - Leyth Hampshire