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Industry veteran develops Danish wind history web site
1 February 2007
A veteran of the Danish wind power industry, Erik Grove-Nielsen, is embarking on yet another life project -- a first-hand historical documentation of the Danish wind power movement. Grove-Nielsen is building a web site which in pictures and words takes readers from erection of Denmark's first grid-connected wind turbines in the 1970s, to the California boom and bust days of the 1980s, to the subsequent collapse and recovery of the Danish wind industry. Grove-Nielsen has dedicated his life to wind turbine rotor blade design, manufacture, testing and, most recently, responsible blade disposal. He was the brain behind the Aerostar/Alternegy line of blades, used at one time by all the major Danish wind turbine manufacturers. From his struggles to build a going business in blade manufacture, through his experience with starting and operating an independent blade test centre, to his later work as an advisor for the Danish national laboratory at Risø, Grove-Nielsen takes readers on a personal tour through three decades of wind industry history. His interest in aerodynamics was sparked in 1957 when a jet fighter aeroplane from the Royal Belgium Air Force crash-landed at the family farm. Grove-Nielsen was eight years old. "The following week -- until the plane was transported away -- was like a fairy-tale for me. After that, I began building model aeroplanes out of cardboard." The rest, as they say, is history. See www.windsofchange.dk.
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