At the top of a turbine

» By | Published 07 Mar 2011 |

Can you imagine standing in the nacelle of a turbine, 50 metres above a sparkling sea, being buffeted by the wind?

Even for some of those who work in the sector, climbing a wind turbine is a rare and exciting privilege. On Saturday I was lucky enough to do just that for the first time in Denmark, alongside the winners of EWEA’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air – Adopt a Turbine’ competition.

17 year old Lien Van Hout from Belgium got the most votes for the turbine she adopted, and she took her brother along to Copenhagen to enjoy her prize – visits to an onshore and an offshore farm. EWEA’s Campaigns Officer Elke Zander, who organised the competition, accompanied them and I went along for the onshore visit.

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A Breath of fresh air in the Swiss mountains

» By | Published 01 Mar 2011 |

Blue skies, sunshine and the mountains of the Swiss Jura – perfect conditions for visiting a wind farm!

That’s what EWEA’s 17 year old Wiet van Hout from Belgium did last weekend when he collected his prize as one of the winners of the ‘Breath of Fresh Air – adopt a wind turbine’ competition: a trip to Switzerland including a wind farm visit on Mont Crosin. As EWEA’s Campaign Officer, I was lucky enough to go with him.

Sponsored by sol-E Suisse and accompanied by a competent guide, Wiet and his sister Bieke explored the visitors’ centre, the wind turbines from nearby and inside and used the opportunity to question the guide – and me! – about all aspects of wind energy. continue reading »


Adopt a turbine competition winners revealed

» By | Published 14 Jan 2011 |

With an exciting battle between a brother and sister, the Breath of Fresh Air campaign’s ‘Tell a friend’-contest came to an end on 20 December 2010 midnight.

Over 10,000 people have participated in the Breath of Fresh Air campaign since its launch in April 2010, adopting turbines all over Europe or voting for those their friends adopted.

The top five countries for adoptions were Spain (491 turbines adopted), Italy (433), UK (427), France (420) and Germany (231). But wind energy enthusiasts adopted turbines everywhere in Europe: from the Faroe Islands to Turkey, from Norway to Portugal, from Poland to Switzerland. continue reading »


Your last chance to show your support for wind energy along with 10,000 others

» By | Published 14 Dec 2010 |

Almost 10,000 people have taken part in the EWEA 2010 campaign by adopting wind turbines or voting for the ones their friends had adopted in order to show their support for wind energy.

The ‘Breath of fresh air’ campaign is coming to an exciting point in just a few days: EWEA will be able to announce the two winners of the ‘tell a friend’ contest who will win a trip to Denmark and Switzerland.

One prize is a weekend in Copenhagen including a wind farm visit organised by the Danish Wind Industry Association. Denmark is the world’s wind energy pioneer with more than 20% of its electricity being produced by wind. Denmark is also home to major wind turbine manufacturers and its capital, home to the oldest monarchy in the world, has numerous museums, world-class modern architecture and a network of canals and cobbled squares that will take you back in time. continue reading »


Bringing fresh air to Italy

» By | Published 18 Nov 2010 |

With under a month to go, the competition to win a weekend in Copenhagen or the Swiss Alps as part of EWEA’s Breath of Fresh Air campaign is growing fierce. One of the strongest contenders for a prize is 26 year old Bruno Mignogna from Molise in Italy, who works at the national agency for Energy and the Environment (ENEA) in Rome. He told us why he decided to adopt a turbine and tell his friends about it.

Why do you support wind energy?

In 1998, the first wind turbines were installed close to where my grandfather lived in the region where I come from, Molise. (The turbine I adopted on is one of these). Since then I started studying how wind energy works, and during my studies I saw many wind farms being put up, with turbines that got bigger and bigger! continue reading »