For the second time a Dane has received the European Poul-la-Cour Prize in recognition of outstanding achievement within the European wind industry. Søren Krohn, director of the Danish Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, was awarded the prize for his development of the association's Internet web site. Combining photographs, colourful animation, simple navigation and down to earth language, Krohn has filled the site with information about modern wind turbine history, technology, design, environmental issues, economics and even how to compute wind turbine energy output. "I just write and draw and program and animate," Krohn said, accepting the prize from conference chairman Erik Lundtang Petersen. "Everything on the site so far is what I would like to have known before I joined the wind industry." The site, at www.windpower.dk, has so far been visited by 130,000 people. The Poul-la-Cour prize has previously been awarded to Dane Erik Grove-Nielsen (1993) for his work on rotor blade design, and to Aloys Wobben of German company Enercon (1996) for his work on the direct drive concept for wind turbines.
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