Flensburg students present their report to community meeting in Achiltibuie
The international students from Flensburg University in Germany presented their findings to a packed community meeting in Achiltibuie last night. The 14 students, all engineering postgraduates in their home countries across the globe, have been based in Achiltibuie and working with the local community over the past 5 weeks.
The students are taking the Master’s course in Renewable Energy and Environmental Management at Flenbsurg University. Thanks to a long-standing partnership with Community Energy Scotland, Professor Wulf Boie of the University of Flensburg has been bringing his students to Scotland as part of their course for over 12 years. This theme of this year’s study was “Community Energy Options and Grid Constraints” with Achiltibuie and surrounding area of Coigach the focus of their energy study. The students explored how the proposed wind turbine project could overcome grid constraints, through a private wire or a shared connection with the community hydro. The students were warmly welcomed by the community and they found good co-operation when carrying out energy surveys in the local area.
Rojina Sharma, a Civil Engineer from Nepal said “When we called on local residents, we were made to feel welcome and there was always a pot of tea and scones on offer”. Kamron Nahar Lip, a Civil Engineer from Bangladesh, led the presentation with input from her fellow students. Frank Stegmuller, a Business Engineer from Germany gave a detailed presentataion of the research findings and the financial modelling for the project.
Ian Muir, Chair of Coigach Community Development Company who are leading the renewables project, gave his sincere thanks to the students for the invaluable work they had done and stressed the importance of the report produced by the Flensburg team in helping the community to decide on the best way forwardfor their energy project.
Nicholas Gubbins, CEO of Community Energy Scotland presented certificates to each of the students. A cup of tea and a raffle for a cask of fine German beer rounded off the evening.
Each year Community Energy Scotland helps Wulf and the Flensburg University team identify a host community in Scotland where the students can provide in-depth and practical resource on a renewable energy project. Their work has been of great benefit to community energy projects on Eigg, Knoydart, Applecross and many other remote communities.
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