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In recognition of his services to the wind industry, Aloys Wobben of Enercon, designer of the company's innovative direct drive concept, received the European Commission's Poul la Cour Prize. Announcing the award, conference chairman Arthouros Zervos explained that it was an industry award, ironically commenting that this did not mean it should go to Denmark on every occasion. When last presented at the European Union's 1994 conference in Travemünde it was awarded to Dane Erik Grove-Nielsen for his early work on rotor blades. Wobben said he accepted the award, named after a Danish school teacher who in 1891 generated electricity from the wind, on behalf of the German industry.

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