Wind energy and hydro power

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On Wednesday the 13th of November the Giraffes went on a day trip to visit W.E.B. Windenergie AG in Pfaffenschlag and the EVN power plant in Ottenstein.
The journey was mostly in a snowstorm and it looked like it could have been a scene from Christmas so the children were singing Jingle Bells and Last Christmas. After a slight detour we arrived.
We were met by one of our kid’s dad Dr. Michael Trcka, where we were taken to the tea and coffee area and the packed lunches were eaten.
Then we went to the meeting room where each of the Giraffes were given a goody bag and some work sheets, after watching energy educational videos the children had to complete a worksheet.
After we were shown around the computer station, where the wind, weather and temperature were being measured and calculated.
We visited the warehouse where they have the parts for the wind turbines, then finally to see the head of the turbine with gear box, generator and its rotary blades.

Next stop EVN
We arrived at the EVN power plant in Ottenstein, where we were welcomed by the tour guide and taken to the screening room where we watched educational films and the children were asking lots of  excellent questions.
Everybody was given a baseball cap as a gift. We headed downstairs to see a model of the power plant and were shown how it works.
A few minutes later we headed to the engine room where we saw all the equipment that runs the plant, we then took a walk outside and saw the big dam and the lake.
We entered a building  which led us underground below the lakes surface level. It was exceptionally narrow with a steep stairway. In single line we slowly headed down below water level into a tunnel. The guide explained how the plant operates, the thickness of the walls and exciting information about the lake itself.
Thankfully, not long after, we headed up to ground level and back into fresh air and had photos taken by the dam.

We had super fun and educational time and a special thanks goes out to Dr. Michael Trcka and Petra for organising this great event.

Datum: 18. November 2019