Wind awarded: A wind energy company has won the first ever EUREC Technology Prize. EUREC Agency -- the European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centres -- awarded the prize in May to Aloys Wobben (centre) of German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. EUREC, a grouping of European RD&D institutes in the field of renewable energy technologies, chose the European Congress on Renewable Energy Implementation in Athens as the venue to launch its award. It hopes the new prize will help stimulate innovations in the renewable energy field. Presenting the award, EC energy commissioner Christos Papoutsis (right) said Wobben's technological innovations had contributed significantly to the advancement of wind power through the development of variable speed and gearless wind turbines. "His pioneering work means that it is now possible to integrate wind turbines into electric grids on a very large scale." Wobben has previously been awarded the European Commission's Poul la Cour prize, also for his innovative approach.
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