By Daniele Pagani
Nordic Folkecenter is not only a destination for energy experts, but it is also visited by many peoplewho are not in the energy sector, yet.
This is the case of one of the last visits the center has received: on the 19 th of September, three high-school students from Silkeborg came to Folkecenter for learning about renewable energy. Mikkel,Frederik and Kristian, these are their names, are 15 years old and are attending the Virklund Skolein Silkeborg. The reason for them to visit Folkecenter lies in the fact that they have received anassignment by their teachers, for which they should make a research on renewable energy, in thespecific in solar and wind energy. After a search on Internet, they found Nordic Folkecenter and,therefore, they decided to get in contact with it.
Nordic Folkecenter is always positive in welcoming people that want to know more aboutrenewable energies, regardless of their previous knowledge or occupation. Guided tours can beorganized both for small and large groups; furthermore, tours around the energy facilities in the Thyregion can also be arranged.
Please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to book a tour.
By Daniele Pagani
Yesterday, on the 1st of September, Nordic Folkecenter received a visit from Sjouke Ritsema (the Netherlands, 28), who was a trainee in the center in 2011.
Sjouke came to Folkecenter for making an internship during his education as Industrial Product Designer, which took place in the Netherlands. As long as he arrived to the center, he realized that the place was something different from what he could have found somewhere else: the atmosphere was very friendly and there was a lot of attention in “hands on experience”. After some weeks of acclimatization, he was put into a group with another trainee from Germany, with whom he focused on wind energy.
The first project the two students were involved into was related to the technology transfer programme that Folkecenter has since many years, which has delivered windmills in several parts of the world. The project in question consisted in analyzing all the drawings of a 150 kW 1980s turbine, updating them with modern components and digitalizing the entire material, so that 3D models could be drawn on the computer. Therefore, the students had to get in contact with several component suppliers, aspect which was facilitated by the large network that Folkecenter has.
The second project was even more “hands on experience”: the students had to design a 5.5 kW turbine in a way so that it could be used as a model for companies who wanted to get in the wind turbines business.
“During my 7 months at Folkecenter I have learned a lot, not only from the technical side, but also for what concerns the social aspects related to the installation of wind turbines on the local area” said Sjouke. He is very satisfied of the experience, and he will use this knowledge for his future: in fact, after working for some years in Triple Solar, a company producing solar collectors and PVs, he founded his own company, together with three friends. The company, which produces small windmills, has already provided some satisfaction to the owners and looks very promising. Being a start-up, it is always important to know which technology developments are available, and that was exactly the reason for his trip in the Folkecenter's surroundings.
Sjouke is only one of the cases of Folkecenter's trainees who built their career around renewable energy topics: other former trainees are now experts in a particular renewable technology, professors in universities and, as Sjouke, entrepreneurs in the renewable energy field.
By Daniele Pagani
On the 23rd of August 2016, Nordic Folkecenter had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Ibrahim Togola, who is an expert in the solar energy field and, at the same time, the founder and director of the Mali Folkecenter (MFC).
Dr. Togola holds a Master of Engineering from the State Polytechnic University in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) and is travelling around Europe for meeting potential business partners for the Folkecenter he is chairman of. Despite being very busy, he found some hours to visit Nordic Folkecenter, a place to which he is strongly related, since it was the location of his internship in 1997.
As part of his visit, Dr. Togola gave a presentation to Folkecenter's trainees and staff regarding MFC's activities and successes: the center was established in late 1998, following an invitation from the Malian President, Alpha Oumar Konare and with the support
of Nordic Folkecenter, to which it is still connected. Dr. Togola has been the regional director for Mali since then.
The center has been very active in bringing improvements to rural areas in Mali: thanks to it, now more than 50 000 inhabitants have access to electricity by mean of solar energy, and, in the following years, the center expects to provide the same situation for other 20 000 people. MFC does not collaborate with large cities, which usually have sufficient resources, but it focuses more on small villages, where the majority of people in Mali live.
The average consumption for a household, in this villages, is approximately 240 kWh per year (657 Wh/day), which is sufficient for powering three bulbs and a phone or a computer. The cost of electricity, for a household, is approximately 5 USD per month (0.25 $/kWh) and it can now be controlled thanks to some Danish smart-meters (Kamstrup) which are installed in the houses. The investment for such meters and for connecting to the network is approximately 80 USD, and there are subsidies available for families that can not afford one.
MFC was also part of the “Light over Africa” project, together with Nordic Folkecenter. You can find the book describing the project here.
More information on Mali Folkecenter's activities can be found here.
By Daniele Pagani
Caroline is a 19 year-old French student at Angers University Faculty of Law. She has been travelling around Denmark for two months with one main purpose: to learn about the political and economic aspects of wind energy.
Behind the reasons of this research there is Caroline's conviction that “the world needs a larger share of renewable energy than what it has now” and, therefore, she decided to come to Denmark, one of the leading countries in wind energy.
Caroline got funds for her travelling expenses from a French program, which every year provides grants to 100 students aged 16-20 to travel alone in the world for one month or more, while researching on a certain topic. In addition, she also received economic support from her community and from a crowd-founding campaign.
The main stops of the trip were Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg and, of course, Nordic Folkecenter, which is a must-see for those that want to know more about wind energy and its applications. According to Caroline, “Folkecenter is one of the main organizations in Denmark focused on renewable energy” and,therefore, it was an “unmissable stop” in her trip around the country. Caroline will stay at the center up to 24 August, when she is going back to Copenhagen for visiting the Middlegrunden (the cooperative-owned offshore wind farm) and where she is planning to meet some representatives from Vestas. After that, she is travelling back to France.
Once back home Caroline is going to submit a report summarizing Danish policies for wind energy. The results of her research will then be presented in a series of conferences, which will be held in schools and in youth organizations in France. She expects that France will benefit from this research, and the knowledge about opportunities and challenges related to wind energy.
Close to her return date, Caroline is happy of having come to Denmark and very satisfied with the experience. “This trip will be very important for my future career because I will look at my studies in a completely different way, and I will try to combine them with the renewable energy field” she says. Furthermore, she is convinced that her nation might also benefit from this research, since there will be some data available on the advantages, but also the problems, that the renewable energy industry can give to the society.
Stepping School from Kolding municipallity visited Thursday May 21 2015 Nordic Folkecenter
About 100 pupils in the age 6 – 12 learned about renewable energy and energy savings as part of their subject energy and environment.
Learn more about Stepping School
University College Nordjylland visited March 19 2015 Folkecenter with a group of about 50 students.
The students were both Danes and foreigners from most of Europe.
Learn more about University College Nordjylland.
A group of blacksmith students from Silkeborg Technical School visited Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Nordic Folkecenter to see and hear about renewable energy.
Learn more about Silkeborg Technical School.
Wednesday and Thursday February 11 and 12 2015 did Folkecenter get a visit from Norway. The Norwegians wanted to get inspiration for their daily work since they all work with renewable energy.
The Norwegians are working for Tingvoll sol og bioenergisenter. Learn more about Tingvoll sol og bioenergisenter
A group that study energy technology visited Tuesday January 13 2015 Folkecenter
The students are studying at University College Nordjylland in Aalborg, but this day they were at Folkecenter to get practical experience with installation of solar cells at different types of roofs.
Learn more about the education in energy technology.
Farstrup School visited January 15 2015 Nordic Folkecenter
The students got a guided tour and saw different kinds of renewable energy at a cold and windy January day.
Learn more about Farstrup School.
Farstrup School visit Nordic Folkecenter.
November 2014Humlum school came to visit Nordic Folkecenter Thursday November 20 with a group of pupils Humlum school was on a guided tour and saw different kinds of renewable energy and after that did they eat lunch at Folkecenter. Learn more about Humlum school.
Humlum school visits Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Tuesday, November 11th, we had visits from three different
groups, all of whom wanted to know more about renewable energy and
Onsild Continuation School
The first group consisted of a class from Onsild Continuation School. The students had arranged a tour to Thy in order to look at the many different renewable energy installations that are in the area.
Read more about Onsild Continuation School
Silkeborg Technical College
Silkeborg Technical College has several times been at Nordic Folkecenter to experience renewable energy in practice.
Finally, a group of students on the MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University had a tour at Folkecenter with an English-speaking group.
Read more about Aalborg University
Silkeborg Technical College visit Folkecenter.
Aalborg University visit Folkecenter.
Onsild Continaution School visit Folkecenter.
Folkecenter was visited October 28 by three engineers from Aarhus, who had expressed a particular interest in seeing the vertical axis wind turbines, which are tested at Folkecenter's test station for small wind turbines.
They were shown around by the responsible engineer for the test station, Tonny Brink (far right). In the small delegation also attended a pioneer in wind power engineering Benny Bjergbaek, (no. 2 from the left).
The other participants are also retired engineers. Benny was around 1980 part of the locally so-called Godrum project and produced a 22 kW Smedemester wind turbine, which was set up by Hampen near Silkeborg.
It was a type of wind turbine, which was engineering designed by
the forerunner of Folkecenter, NIVE. Design by independent suppliers
of wings, control tower, etc. was of great importance for the
subsequent, highly successful Danish wind turbine industry.
Asmildkloster agricultural school visited Thursday October 28 the Thy region in order to experience renewable energy
At first the students from Asmildkloster visited the national testcenter for large wind turbines in Oesterild and then a farm biogas plant in Nors.
Finally did the students visit Nordic Folkecenter in order to see renewable energy in general.
Learn more about Asmildkloster agricultural school
A group from the Akademie für Nachhaltige Entwicklung based in eastern Germany visited on Friday and Saturday October 17 and 18 Nordic Folkecenter
Akademie für Nachhaltige Entwicklung is an NGO that was founded in 2001 with the aim of promoting sustainable development.
The group was given a tour at Folkecenter and they were also on a field trip to Hanstholm heating plant, where they saw a 10 MW electric boiler, which is used to convert wind energy into heat.
This allows power from wind turbines to be stored as heat instead of being sold cheaply in periods when there is a surplus of power.44 local CHP plants in Denmark have installed electric boilers with a total capacity of approximately 405 MW (October 2014).
Share of energy in Hanstholm District Heating Plant
Heat pumps, bio-oil: 56.2 percent
Residual heat from industry: 29.8 percent
Electric boiler: 12 percent
Natural Gas Engine: 1.1 percent
Natural gas boiler: 0.9 percent
In 2015 wood chip boiler of 4.7 MW
Electric boiler at Hanstholm District Heating.
Sevel Senior Club visited Thursday October 9 2014 Nordic Folkecenter to get inspiration for energy savings by using renewable energy.
Sevel is a very active village with many associations and a large local commitment.
Learn more about Sevel.
October 2014Hanstholm Asylum Center visited Tuesday October 7 2014 Nordic Folkecenter to see and learn about the possibilities for renewable energy and energy savings.
Learn more about Hanstholm Asylum Center.
Farstrup school visited Wednesday October 1 2014 Nordic Folkecenter. The students saw different kinds of renewable energy and energy savings.
Learn more about Farstrup school.
Skjern Technical College visited Monday, August 18, 2014 Nordic Folkecenter with a team from the wind turbine operator education
The Wind Turbine Operator program is a 2 year vocational training targeted people who want to work on a wind turbine factory.
Students in the program are in the age group 20 - 50 years. These are typically people who for years have worked as unskilled at a wind turbine factory or they come from completely different industries, but want a future in the wind turbine production.
Apprenticeship training is a combination of approximately 30 weeks of schooling and practice at home in the factory.During the training they will be able to get around large parts of the company.
The tour included:
The future of wind energy, including small wind turbines versus investing in large turbines,
Wind turbine story
New sources of energyRead more about wind turbine operator training at Skjern Technical College
The wind turbine operator education visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Tuesday June 24 Folkecenter was visited by a Japanese group. The got a lecture by former director Preben Maegaard and then a guided tour at Folkecenter.
After the visit at Folkecenter did the Japanese group go to visit a district heating plant in Oernhoej and a biogas plant in Lemvig.
Wednesday June 11 2014 visited a group from America Nordic Folkecenter. The group was at a study tour in Germany and Denmark in order to study renewable energy.
The Americans wanted to learn about technology and politics regarding renewable energy that could inspire and perhaps be transferred to USA. Learn more about Meister Consultants Group
Meister Consultants Group visit Nordic Folkecenter.
A group from South Funen visited Wednesday June 4 2014 Nordic Folkecenter. The group got a guided tour at Folkecenter on a beautiful summer day.
May 2014Sunday May 11 did a group from Simpson College in Iowa from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science visit Nordic Folkecenter
Simpson College, Iowa visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
A group of 8th grade students from Hvidebaek school was at an excursion and in that occasion at a visit at Nordic Folkecenter. See the Hvidebaek school website
Hvidebaek school visit Nordic Folkecenter.
A 10th grade from Vordingborg school was April 23-25 April 2014,
at a school camp at Folkecenter
Vordingborg school were first given a guided tour at Folkecenter and the day after the students were working in groups in the morning and in the afternoon there was a bus ride to Folkecenter's wind turbine in Hanstholm which the students had the opportunity to climb.
The group work focused on hydrogen, wind, solar, e-mobility and technology for developing countries.
Students were given the opportunity to try electric bicycles.
Education in hydrogen technology.
Nordsolar is an association of solar installers in the north of
Nordsolar has more than 40 members and over 30 years of experience in solar technology (both solar thermal and photovoltaic).
Nordsolar has been around for over 20 years and twice a year, meetings are held where members share their experiences.Nordsolar is a member of the German solar association BSW, which work together to influence the political development of Germany in favor of solar energy. ù
On their trips they visit group retailers, manufacturers, installers and associations. The Nordsolar group has previously visited Portugal, Spain, Mallorca, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Malta, Turkey and England.
This year the group decided to visit Denmark and including among
Nordsolar visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Sandmoseskolen visited Nordic Folkecenter Tuesday March 25 2014
Sandmoseskolen educates gartners and greenkeepers and as part of these educations they give a course called: “Environment and biological conditions in green plants”.
As part of the education do the students visit Nordic Folkecenter
to experience renewable energy and energy savings in real life.
Learn more about Sandmose skolen
Sandmoseskolen visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Hanstholm Asylcenter visited Thursday March 6 2014 Nordic
Folkecenter with a group of nine asylum seekers
Hanstholm Asylcenter often comes to visit Folkecenter in order to demonstrate renewable energy and energy savings to the asylum seekers.
Learn further about Hanstholm Asylcenter
Wednesday February 19 2014 was Nordic Folkecenter visited by agoup from Flensburg University and the German Engineer Association VDI
The group was at a study trip to Denmark and came in this occasion to Folkecenter in order to study the different forms of renewable energy technologies.
Flensburg University and VDI - German Engineer Association visit Nordic Folkecenter.
52 pupils from 8th grade at Skivehus school visited February 5 Nordic Folkecenter
The pupils had had a theme about energy and came to Nordic Folkecenter to get a guided tour and general knowledge about renewable energy. Visit the website for Skivehus skole
Skivehus skole has pv on the roofs.
Thursday January 16 2014 was Folkecenter visited by the company Under One Roof Global
Under One Roof is a newly established company that aims to provide affordable and environmentally friendly housing for countries with growing economies.
Under One Roof was at Folkecenter to learn about off-grid solutions for homes and small communities, that is, to home/villages/urban areas that can be self-sufficient in electricity and heat using solar cells, solar thermal, small wind turbines, etc.
Under One Roof visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Monday December 9, 2013 did Technical College Silkeborg visit Nordic Folkecenter. The students from the technical college learned about the energy supply of the future, which will come from different sources of renewable energy.
Learn more about Technical College Silkeborg.
Technical College Silkeborg visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
A group of students from University of Lund visited Monday November 25 2013 Nordic Folkecenter
The visit was arranged by Thisted municipality. Therefore the visit started with a presentation of Thisted municipality by René Oestergaard, who is a project leader in the municipality. After the presentation there was a guided tour at Folkecenter and the students tried among other things electric bikes.
A group from Indonesia was November 23 – 24 2013 at a study visit at Folkecenter in order to learn about small wind turbines
The German NGO Artefact had arranged a study visit in Denmark for an Indonesian group that should learn more about small wind turbines. The group was first given a guided tour at Folkecenter with a focus on the test station for small wind turbines.
Afterwards there was an excursion to the local producer of small wind turbines, Thymoellen.
Hanstholm Asylum Center visited Tuesday October 29 2013 Nordic Folkecenter
The people at Hanstholm Asylum Center have to learn about the Danish society and therefore they often visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Learn further about Hanstholm Asylum Center.
A group from Aalborg University visited Thursday October 24 2013 Nordic Folkecenter
The students from Aalborg University visited first Nordic Folkecenter where they saw different forms of renewable energy and later they went to Hanstholm to visit DanWec where they learned about wave energy.
Aalborg University visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Thursdag October 17 2013 did AOF Skive visit Nordic Folkecenter
The students from AOF Skive saw solar cells, wind turbines, organic cleaning of waste water and much more related to renewable energy.
Learn further about AOF Skive.
AOF Skive visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
A groups of KaosPilot students visited Folkecenter Saturday
Here is an email they wrote to us
It was a real pleasure meeting you and Preben at Folkecenter.
Thank you for the very warm hospitality and enlightening tour.
The KaosPilots students, Rebecca, Andy, Haotian and I are all very
interested in renewable energy and finding ways to build more
sustainable communities. Therefore, we drove from Aarhus to Thisted
to visit and learn about the Folkecenter.
We really enjoyed the tours and were fascinated by the wind and solar testing/learning labs you set up for everyone's benefit.
Frederikshavn housing association representative was on Saturday 28 September on a trip to the Nordic Folkecenter
On the way to the Nordic Folkecenter so that they include test center for offshore wind turbines in Oesterild and National Park Thy.
Frederikshavn housing association energy renovating in a big way
and has in general a very ambitious energy policy.
Read more about Frederikshavn Housing Association.
Frederikshavn Housing Association visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Tuesday September 3 2013 did Svankjaer Continuation School visit Nordic Folkecenter in order to learn about different kinds of renewable energy.
Learn further about Svankjaer Continuation School
Svankjaer Continuation School visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
20 people from the wind turbine operator education visited on Monday 26 August 2013 Nordic Folkecenter as part of their training
The goal of the education for wind turbine operator is to get a broad knowledge of all components in a wind turbine. Wind turbine operators are working primarily with assembly of various components for wind turbines, such as hydraulic and electrical circuits.
Training as a wind turbine operator takes 2 years and is practical as well as theoretical. Read more about training for wind turbine operator at Education Center Ringkoebing – Skjern.
Wind Turbine Operator Training at
Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
A group from Martec was Friday the 24th May visiting Folkecenter as part of their education. Martec in Frederikshavn is a training center for maritime training programs such as engineers.
Moreover, one can at Martec be trained as energy technologist which is a 2 year education that train people in how to conduct technical energy saving measures in homes and industry. Learn more about Martec.
Martec visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Hurup school visited in week 17 and 18 2013 Nordic Folkecenter with several groups. Hurup school has an exchange program with a school in Spain and a group of students from Mallorca therefore visited Folkecenter.
Learn more about Hurup school
Hurup school with Spanish exchange students visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Oester Joelby school visited Wednesday April 24 2013 Nordic
Oester Joelby schools 6 and 7 grade were guided at Folkecenter and saw different types of renewable energy and possibilities for energy savings.
Learn more about Oester Joelby School
Oester Joelby school visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Galtrup Continuations Scool visited Friday April 19 2013 Nordic Folkecenter. Galtrup Continuations School needed a day with alternative education and this they were able to get at Folkecenter
See further about Galtrup Continuation School
Galtrup Continuations School in Folkecenters biodome.
Hanherreds Continuation school and EUC Northwest was at a tour at the Nordic Folkecenter Thursday April 18 2013.
Hanherreds Continuation School and EUC Northwest had a joint project where pupils from the two schools were taught together in a short period.Hanherreds Continuations School wants to save energy and therefore they were on a visit at Folkecenter, where they could be inspired to energy savings.
Read more aboutHanherreds Continuation School
Hanherreds Continuations School and EUC Northwest visit Nordic Folkecenter
Vordingborg school's 10th grade was in week 11, 2013 at a visit at Folkecenter
Vordingborg school's 10th grade was on a three day visit and first got a tour at Folkecenter and then a day of field trips to various sites related to renewable energy.
First they went to Wave Star Energy, which is an impressive wave model, located at Hanstholm port.Then the students were up in Folkecenter’s wind turbine in Hanstholm.
Finally the tour ended with a visit to Thisted Heat to see
geothermal energy, straw burning and concentrated solar power, CSP.
Wave Star wave energy model at Hanstholm.
Folkecenter's wind turbine in Hanstholm.
Farm biogas plant in Nors.
CSP at Thisted heat.
DIS - Danish Institute for Study Abroad is a non-profit educational
institution located in Copenhagen.
DIS offers courses for American undergraduate students. Since 1959, DIS had as mission to provide cultural exchange between Danes and Americans.
Part of the curriculum consists of study trips and one of these is usually to Folkecenter where renewable energy is studied in theory and practice.
Read more about DISSee Preben Maegaard's presentation to DIS
DIS visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Hanstholm Asylum Centre comes regularly to Folkecenter to give asylum seekers a basic knowledge of renewable energy.
Tuesday 5 February 2013 the group consisted of people from Syria, Iran and Russia. Read more about Hanstholm Asylum Centre.
Hanstholm Asylum Centre visit Folkecenter.
Thursday 17 January 2013 Frederikshavn Produktionsskole was at a visit at Folkecenter in order to get a guided tour. See more about Frederikshavn Produktionsskole.
Frederikshavn Produktionsskole visit Nordic Folkecenter.
A group of retired teachers visited on Wednesday 16 January 2013 Folkecenter.
The group came in spite of the cold weather to hear more about the prospects for future energy supply with renewable energy.
A group from the Technical College Silkeborg visited Folkecenter on
a snowy day in December 2012. The group consisted of technicians who
visited Folkecenter to see and learn more about renewable energy.
After the tour there was hot coffee for the students
We have previously visited with you and it has been a great success and very interesting, says a teacher.
Read more about Technical College Silkeborg.
Group from the Technical College Silkeborg visit Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Monday November 26, 2012 the United Nation Association visited Folkecenter
The United Nations Association had training on Sustainability & Learning and therefore had also visited Thy National Park. The United Nations Association's purpose is to stimulate interest in the UN and to increase understanding of nations interdependence and shared responsibility for international development.
Read further about United Nations Association.
Hanstholm Asylum Centre came on Tuesday November 20, 2012 to visit the Folkecenter and got a guided tour where they could see different forms of renewable energy.
The visitors came from Iran and Syria and could tell that they also have solar energy in their home countries, both to generate electricity and heat. Read more about Hanstholm Asylum Centre
Saturday November 10, 2012 came Domea housing association to Folkecenter to learn more about renewable energy in general and especially solar cells, which they intend to get to their park lighting.
Domea housing association has previously built 12 homes in the passive house standard. Read more about Domea.
Domea housing association visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Agroskolen Hammerum visited Nordic Folkecenter Wednesday November
7 2012. Agroskolen Hammerum educates farmers and has both
Danish and foreign students.
We teach about sustainability and therefore we came to visit Folkecenter, says a teacher from the Agro school.
Read further about Agroskolen Hammerum
Pictures from the visit by Agroskolen Hammerums at Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
The students from Agroskolen Hammerums took a photograph with Mr. Preben Maegaard, the founder of Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Right after visiting the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, the students from Agroskolen Hammerum made a trip to see the wave energy plant operated by Wavestar Energy, at Hanstholm.
The students also had the possibility to climb up the Folkecenter's 525 kW wind turbine in Hanstholm.
Their one-day study tour ended with a trip to a biogas plant owned by a family of farmers in Nors.
A group of farmers from Scania visited on Wednesday 31 October 2012 Folkecenter. The Scanian farmers were particularly interested in being able to produce their own energy for example from solar, wind or bioenergy.
The farmers tour to Folkecenter was organized by the Association of Swedish Spannmaalsodlare (grain producers). Read more about Föreningen Sveriges Spannmålsodlare
The continuation school Solgaarden had Tuesday October 30 2012 an excursion to places with renewable energy. First they visited Lemvig Biogas and thereafter they got a guided tour at Folkecenter.
Asmildkloster Agricultural School visited Tuesday October 30 2012 Nordic Folkecenter to get inspiration for renewable energy. See further from Asmildkloster Agricultural School.
A Group of Provincial Politicians from Thailand visited Nordic Folkecenter
A group with 6 people from Thailand came to visit Nordic
Folkecenter on October 23 2012.
The group consisted of the members of parliament (MPs) of Thailand and the member of municipality council who were in Europe to observe and discuss how to implement renewable energy in Thailand.
Before arriving at Folkecenter, the group had been to Frankfurt in Germany, and later they were going to Amsterdam in Holland. In Denmark they had visited a biogas plant in Holstebro.
Mr. Wannarat Channukul, M.D., is the former Minister of Energy in 2008 – 2011, and the former Minister of Industry in 2011. During his ministership in energy affairs, he could set up 3 wind turbine stations in three different provinces in Thailand, such as, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, and Chaiyaphum Province.
Although now he is not working as an energy minister of Thailand, he is still a member of the Thai parliament for Nakhon Ratchasima Province, the largest province of the Northeast region of Thailand.
“Nakhon Ratchasima Province should be the first province with 100 % renewable energy in Thailand.” Mr. Channukul said.
Mr. Channukul did not come to Europe alone. He also took 5 people to join his trip. The other 5 members are Mr. Nivat Kitipultanagon, the chairman of Sungnoen Municipality (under administration of Nakhon Ratchasima Province, with 78,018 residents), 2 owners of biomass plants, and 2 secretaries.“Sungnoen Municipality already set up biomass plant.” Mr. Kitipultanagon added, “The main fuel of the biomass plant in my municipality is rice husk.”
The group from Thailand arrives at Nordic Folkecenter.
Jane Kruse, at the left side of the photo, explains about solar energy. Mr. Per Thostrup, a gentleman wearing the yellow necktie (the second man from the left of the photo), is responsible for accompanying the visitor group from Thailand. He is a member of the board at Folkecenter, while he works with several biogas companies.
Mr. Wannarat Channukul and Mr. Nivat Kitipultanagon gets information about solar heating from Jane Kruse.
Jane Kruse demonstrates the Azolla (Mosquito fern or Water fern), a floating plant. It can grow very fast at the surface of the water.
Sunday October 21 2012 was a former employee at Nordic Folkecenter at a guided tour with a small group. After the guided tour did the group enjoy their lunch in Folkecenter's rooms.
Above the group study wave energy and below plant oil for transport.
Monday October 22 2012 did a group from EUC Nordvest visit Nordic Folkecenter. The group studies electricity and IT as part of the education for electrician, pc-supporter and similar.
The students have to write a paper about energy and therefore came to Folkecenter. See further about EUC Nordvest.
Steen Gade MP for Socialistic People's Party has several times visited Nordic Folkecenter, last time was Saturday October 6 2012 in relation to the conference "Regional Development and Renewable Energy in Europe: Best Policies for 100% renewable energy in European regions."
7th, 8th and 9th grade pupils from Klim Friskole visited Wednesday October 10 Nordic Folkecenter. After a guided tour at about two hours did the pupils enjoy their lunch at Folkecenter.
See more about Klim Friskole.
Pupils from Klim Friskole at a wave energy model with Folkecenter's dog, Sunny.
Pupils from Klim Friskole at Folkecenter's test station for solar cells.
Access2Innovation visited Folkecenter Tuesday October 9, 2012. Access2Innovation is a part of Aalborg University that builds network that can help reduce poverty in developing countries by starting businesses.
A representative from Access2Innovation came with three people from Ugandan NGOs that were interested in cooperating with JEEP Folkecenter in Uganda.
Learn more about Access2InnovationLearn more about JEEP Folkecenter in Uganda.
Access2Innovation visit Nordic Folkecenter.
A group of students from Silkeborg Technical College visited Nordic Folkecenter Tuesday October 9, 2012.
Learn more about Silkeborg Technical College
Silkeborg Technical College visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
A group of technical and safety specialists, project managers and simulator builders from Siemens Wind Power visited Folkecenter Tuesday September 25, 2012
Niels Soendergaard watched with delight one of his old wind turbines when he and colleagues from Siemens visited Folkecenter. Niels has worked with wind turbines since 1986 and can tell many stories from the industry's early days.
Read more about Siemens Wind Power.
Siemens Wind Power visit Nordic Folkecenter.
A group of teacher students with physics and chemistry as main subjects came to visit Folkecenter September 18 2012. The students had in week 38 a study week in Denmark where they visited some of the most relevant places for their studies, among others Folkecenter.
Learn further about the teacher education in Aarhus.
The teacher education in Aarhus visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Blidstrup Efterskole from the island of Mors was Tuesday September 18 2012 at Folkecenter in order to get pratical experience about renewable energy.
”It is a very interesting place you have here”, says teacher Thorsten Thinggaard.
Learn more about Blidstrup Efterskole.
Blidstrup Efterskole visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Thursday September 13, 2012 was a group studying to become industrial technicians at a visit at Folkecenter. The group had entrepreneurship and innovation, and came to Folkecenter for inspiration for this.
The group says:
"We have received many great ideas for what to work with."
Read more about EUC Nordvest.
Pictures from EUC Nordvest's visit at Folkecenter.
Blaakilde School was on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 of September 2012 visiting Folkecenter to gain practical knowledge on renewable energy
Blaakilde School has distinguished itself as a school with a strong focus on renewable energy, for example, the school has established a youth center for renewable energy. Read more about Blaakilde School.
Torben Frandsen, teacher at Blaakilde School, said: "It is the fourth year the school visit Folkecenter. Here our 10th grade students get the opportunity to gain an overview of the various renewable energy technologies. How they look, how they work in practice, and how important is the issue of energy for future generations" .
Billeder fra Blåkilde Efterskoles besøg på Nordisk Folkecenter i september 2012.
A group of international students from the Danish Institute for
Study Abroad (DIS) visited Folkecenter Friday September 7 2012
DIS is a study program started in 1959 for selected students from American universities. The DIS program allows these students to experience Europe and at the same time gain valuable knowledge.
DIS has about 600 students per semester from some of America's best universities and colleges, who lives with Danish families and participate in field trips around Denmark. Read more about DIS
The students look at household wind turbines.
Folkecenter’s new test center for solar cells.
Aalborg Katedralskole was Thursday September 6 2012 at a visit at Folkecenter with four high school classes. Besides Folkecenter the students also visited a biogas plant, a wind turbine and a wave energy plant.
These renewable energy plants are placed about 1 hour away from Folkecenter.
The students had a busy, but instructive day and they saw all kinds of renewable energy plants in full scale.See the web site for Aalborg Katedralskole.
Two students inside a wind turbine wing.
Stundents from Aalborg Katedralskole sitting in John Lennon's couch at Folkecenter.
The National Federation of Social Educators senior department in
middle-west Jutland came to visit Folkecenter Thursday August 30
2012. The seniors brought their own coffee and cake which they
enjoyed outside after the guided tour.
View the web site of the National Federation of Social Educators
SL seniors visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
Silkeborg Technical College was Tuesday June 12 2012 visiting Nordic Folkecenter to see renewable energy and energy savings.
Read more about Silkeborg Technical College
Throughout the week 23 2012 Folkecenter was visited by 20
exchange students from the U.S. and Singapore
The group was on a study tour to Folkecenter to learn about renewable energy and how it can be translated into practice in their home countries. The students should see Folkecenter and a number of energy facilities located around Thy, and hear a series of lectures.
The students are in Denmark as part of Youth for Understandings program for intercultural understanding.
YFU has been responsible for the coordination of the study tour and all the young people live with host families.Youth for Understanding.
Monday May 21 2012 was Folkecenter visited by Education Center Ringkoebing-Skjern that has an education for wind turbine operatorsThe program for the day was as follows:
09:30 arrival. Guided tour to the energy supply of the future. The
tour will be both outside and inside so clothes should be according
to the weather.
Kl. 12.00 lunch.
Kl. 12:45 lecture about wind turbine history and how wind turbines are part of the international market in the future.
Kl. 15:00 End of the day.
Read further about Education Center Ringkoebing – Skjern
Education Center Ringkoebing-Skjern visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Saturday the 12th of May Folkecenter was visited by 21 individuals from HMN Natural Gas.
HMN Naturgas supplies customers in 32 municipalities in east Denmark and 25 municipalities in central and western Jutland with natural gas.
HMN Natural gas has a staff association called Give gas that arrived at Folkecenter on motorcycles.
HMN Natural Gas is dealing among others with biogas, which has the potential to become an important part of future energy supply.Read more about HMN Natural Gas: www.naturgas.dk
I would like on behalf of HMN Gas (Mc Give Gas) say thanks for a wonderful visit with you, you helped to make it a good day for us, despite the wind.
The rest of the day also went well.
Good winds to come.
March 2012Tuesday, 13 March 2012 Folkecenter was visited by a Chinese delegation from Inner Mongolia, together with the Danish company, Orbital, which makes control systems
Bo-Yang also produces combined wind and solar systems for masts, street lighting etc.Originally the company manufactured farm machinery, but due to the large demand for renewable energy to the areas in China which are not covered by electricity supply it has focused on small wind turbines that can produce the energy required to operate radio, television and lighting.
It was Orbital and together they have developed a new control system for their wind turbines and solar panels.
The group was at Folkecenter to look at small wind turbines and renewable energy in general.Read more at www.orbital.dk
From the left: Lin Li, Bo Yang, Preben Maegaard, Wolfgang Meyer and Mrs. Yang Bin.
Dr. Carsten Corino from Corino Energy in Germany visited November 28 2011 Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy together with a Chinese delegation.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss household wind turbines.
Read further about Corino Energy www.corino-energy.com
Monday, the 15th of august 2011 Christian Schultze og Michael
Junghaus, members of the German party ”Die Grünen” in the region
of Brandenburg visited Folkecenter
In the light of movie, “The 4. Revolution” broadcasted in Germany (ARTE) where Preben Maegaard has a leading role, ”Die Grünen” had decided to come and visit Folkecenter to get inspiration and knowhow in a place with 100 % renewable energy. Christian Schulze, spokesman for Environment, Climate and Energy, and Michael Junghaus, member of the Landestag in Brandenburg were introduced to Folkecenter, its inventions, exhibitions, test facilities and experiences by Jane Kruse and Preben Maegaard, leaders of the Folkecenter.
The two members of the Brandenburger Landestag were very impressed e.g. by the proposals and recommendations to zero/low energy houses.Read further about die Grünen. Read Time for Energy Democracy.
Nordic Folkecenter gave Wednesday March 16 2011 a course in Environment and Biological Conditions for a group from AMU Nordjylland.
Read more about Sandmoseskolen.
Sandmoseskolen visit Nordic Folkecenter.
Tuesday March 2 2011 was Folkecenter visited by APREAN that is a Spanish association that works for renewable energy.
Read further about APREAN.
A 5th class from Gug School was Tuesday August 24 2010 at a visit at Folkecenter. The visit was a prize for winning a competition about energy research arranged in cooperation with Aalborg University.
Saturday June 26 2010 was Folkecenter visited by Virago MC club that came to learn more about renewable energy and energy savings.
Read further about Virago MC klub here.
The union Dansk Metal has for several years been figthing for green technology as a way to create new jobs. In this matter did Metal Region Midtjylland came to visit Folkecenter thursday May 20 2010.
Read further about Dansk Metal here.
Wednesday May 19 2010 did Nordiska Folkhoegskolan from Sweden visit Folkecenter to learn more about renewable energy and energy savings.
See further about Nordiska Folkhoegskolan here.
Tuesday May 11 2010 did Simpson College from Iowa in USA visit Folkecenter. Simpson College is on a field trip to Denmark for about two weeks and are also going to vist Siemens windpower and Risoe-DTU university.
Simpson College has established a sustainability committee in order to become carbon neutral. Read further about Simpson College here.
Wednesday April 28 2010 came a class from Odense Technical High School to Folkecenter to see renewable energy and energy savings in real life.
After a guided tour at Folkecenter did the students visit the Folkecenter wind turbine in Hanstholm. Read further about Odense Technical High School here.
April 2010Tuesday April 27 2010 did Kvadraturen Skolesenter from Norway visit Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. The students were studying to become electricians at a technical school. See further about Kvadraturen Skolesenter here.
A group of students from VUC Thy-Mors visited Friday April 16 2010 Nordic Folkecenter to see renewable energy and energy savings in real life.
Learn more about VUC Thy-Mors here.
Marienlyst Produktionsskole came Tuesday April 13 2010 to Folkecenter to see renewable energy and energy savings in real life.
View the web site for Marienlyst Produktionsskole here.
In the weekend April 9 - 11 2010 was Folkecenter visited by Energy Crossroads. Energy Crossroads is a global NGO, which is founded by students who have a special interest in communication and cooperation between students, researchers, politicians, NGO's and the private sector within the energy discussion.
The theory is that the gathering of the future energy coalition will promote innovation and create new ways to understand and act in relation to the world's energy challenges. Read further about Energy Crossroads here.
HTX Thisted came Thursday April 8 2010 to visit Folkecenter with about 30 students.
The students were particularly interested in the Azolla algea which is used for green waste water treatment.Read further about Azolla here.
Folkecenter has in March 2010 been visited by the Swedish reporter Henrik Andersson who writes about director Preben Maegaard and Thisted municipality's effort within renewable energy.
View the web site for Henrik Andersson here.
Thy-Mors VUC (adult education centre) came Tuesday March 2 2010 wit a group who studies Energy and Environment. As part of the tuition did the group visit Folkecenter and took a look at the many energy technoligies.
See more about Thy-Mors VUC here.
Fjordvang Youth School came to visit Nordic Folkecenter a January day with a lot of snow.
View the web site for Fjordvang Youth School here.
45 students from Morsoe Agricultural School came to visit Folkecenter Tuesday December 8 2009.
View the web site for Morsoe Agricultural School here.Below are students from Morsoe Agricultural School inside a wind turbine wing.
Aadalen Efterskole was Tuesday December 1st 2009 at a visit
at Nordic Folkecenter.
View the web site for Aadalen Efterskole here.
Rydhave Slot School came to visit Nordic Folkecenter November 19 2009. See further about Rydhave Slot School here. Below are some of the students from Rydhave Slot.
Svankjaer Ungdomsskole visited Nordic Folkecenter Tuesday November 17 2009 as part of their climate week. See further about Svankjaer Ungdomsskole here.
Svankjær Ungdomsskole besøger Nordisk Folkecenter for Vedvarende Energi.
EUC Nordvest was Friday November 13 2009 at a visit at Nordic Folkecenter. At the picture below are the students at the first hydrogen tankstation in Denmark, which was set up at Folkecenter in november 2007.
View the web site for EUC Nordvest here.
Hurup school is in week 46 visited by a group from Lithuania. The two groups are cooperating about a project about energy and environment and in this occasion they came to visit Folkecenter. In the spring 2010 is Hurup school going to visit the school in Lithuania and in the mean time they are working together on the Internet.
The project is supported financially by Nordplus Junior which is a EU-project about international cooperation.
View the web site for Hurup school here.Read further about the Nordplus Junior program here.
Monday November 9 2009 was Folkecenter visited by Parkskolen from Struer. The visitors had worked with renewable energy and global warming and came to experience the many opportunities to save ebergy in praxis.
View the web site for Parkskolen here.
Thursday November 5 2009 was Folkecenter visited by a group that call themselves "The Active 60ies". In the back ground is a Folkecenter solar cell sculpture.
Wednesday November 4 2009 was Folkecenter visited by a group from Activity House Limfjorden. At the picture below is the group looking at an electrical bike from China.
Skive technical school came Tuesday November 3rd 2009 for a visit at Nordic Folkecenter to view the many possibilities within renewable energy and energy savings. The visitors was a group of auto mechanic students. View the web site for Skive technical school here.
Thy veteran car club was in October at a visit at Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. The club combined a tour with information about the future energy forms - renewable energy.
View the web site for Thy veteran car club here.
Boddum-Ydby Friskole visited Nordic Folkecenter Tuesday October 27 2009 as part of the schools nature day. View Boddum-Ydby Friskoles web site here.
EUC Nordvest was Monday October 26 2009 at a visit at Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. View the web site for EUC Nordvest here.
Vestervig school visited Thursday October 8 2009 Nordic Folkecenter. 7th, 8th and 9th grade came to hear about renewable energy and energy savings. View the web site for Vestervig school here.
Rovvig Efterskole visited Nordic Folkecenter wednesday October 7 2009. On a windy and sunny day did the students see renewable energy at work. View more about Rovvig Efterskole here.
Ranum Social Education Collective came to visit Nordic Folkecenter wednesday October 7 2009. View the web site for Ranum Social Education Collective here.
Oestre school in Thisted visited wednesday October 7 2009 Nordic Folkecenter to hear more about renewable energy and energy savings. See the web site for Oestre School here.
Silkeborg Seminary visited Monday October 5 Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in the occasion of a theme about renewable energy. Link for Silkeborg Seminary here.
Blaakilde Efterskole was from September 30 - Ocotber 1 2009 at a visit at Nordic Folkecenter with 24 students from their science class. The students were guided around at Folkecenter and had also teaching and group work within renewable energy.
View the web site for Blaakilde Efterskole here.
Marselisborg high school came to visit Folkecenter wednesday September 23 2009. View the web site for Marselisborg high school here.
A group of students from Lubin High School in Poland came to visit Folkecenter Monday September 21 2009. The Polish students was up in the Folkecenter 525 kW wind turbine in Hanstholm.
Thursday September 18 2009 was Folkecenter visited by Kongensgaard Continuation School which is a school especially for young people who wants to loose weight. View Kongensgaard Continautions Schools web site here.
Morsoe High School visited Folkecenter wednesday September 16 2009 as part of their two day climate theme. The students had among others calculated that Mors is self sufficient with electricity from wind turbines, but that the heating supply use natural gas and therefore is Mors island not self sufficient with heat.
View the web site for Morsoe High School here.
Hjernesagen in Ringkoebing-Skjern municipality was Tuesday September 8 2009 at a visit at Folkecenter. Hjernesagen is an organisation that works for prevention of brain injuries, rehabilitation and support for the relatives.
Read further about Hjernesagen at their web site here.
Thursday September 3 2009 did Hellebaek Friskole Nordic Folkecenter. It was cold and raining, but the students held out and saw wind turbines, solar cells, solar heating, a strawbale house, wave energy, hydrogen- plant oil car and much more.
View the Hellebaek Friskole web site here.
Friday August 28th 2009 was Nordic Folkecenter visited by Hundborg Friskole. View the web site for Hundborg Friskole here.
Wednesday August 26 2009 was the Folkecenter visited by a group from Naturvaerkstedet. Below is the group at the Folkecenter test station for small wind turbines.
At a very warm sunny day July 1 2009 was Folkecenter visited by a group of leaders from Thy and Mors. They saw and heard about the solutions of the energy challenges of the future.
Wednedsday June 24 2009 came a group from the Family House in Silkeborg to visit the Folkecenter and hear particularly about solar and biomasse. View the web site for the Family House here.
Tuesday June 2009 was the Folkecenter visited by a group from the German organisation IntAmt.
IntAmt is an international academy for leadership and technology that is trying to improve the cooperation between the former Sovjet states and the EU.A methode to do this is to arrange study tours in Europe and as part of this was the Folkecenter chosen because it is possible to see almost all kinds of renewable energy in one place. The visitors was a group of Russian political and technical leaders who had many questions. Read further about IntAmt here.
Krabbeshus school came to visit the Folkecenter Wednesday June 3 2009. At the Folkecenter could the students see the future energy solutions in full scale. View the web site for Krabbeshus school here.
At the picture are some students looking at at bag with solar cells
Wednesday May 27 2009 came about 30 students from Vildsted school to visit the Folkecenter. At the picture below are the students looking at electric cars in the Folkecenter work shop.
View the web site for Vildsted school here.
Friday May 22 was a Danish-Norwegian friendship organisation at the Folkecenter. The 30 visitors got a tour in Scandinavian about renewable energy and energy savings.
Wednesday May 20 2009 was a senio group from the union Dansk Metal at a visit at the Folkecenter. The visitors were guided around on a sunny day and enjoyed afterwards a cup of coffee in the Folkecenter Cafe Solaire.
View the web site for Dansk Metal here.
Thursday May 2009 the Folkecenter was visited by a school class from Kristianssand in Norway who came on a field trip to Denmark to hear about renewable energy and energy savings.
May 2009A group from Turkey came to visit the Folkecenter Wednesday May 13 2009 to learn about wind energy.
Tuesday May 12 was Bedsted school at the Folkecenter.
The students who are attending 7th - 9th grade were guided around and got a lecture about the future energy.The tour ended with a trip to the test station for wave energy at Nissum. View the web site for Bedsted school here.
Frederikshavn Technical School visited the Folkecenter with a group of electrical students Thursday May 7 2009. The future electricians are probably going to work a lot with electricity from wind turbines and at the Folkecenter they were introduced to turbines in many shapes and sizes.
View the web site for Frederikshavn Technical School here.
Skive Language Centre has several times visited the Folkecenter. At the picture below is a class getting a short lecture before they go out and experience renewable energy and energy savings in praxis.
View the web site for Skive Language Centre here.
Vordingborg school was from Wednedsday April 29 to Friday May 1 2009 staying at the Folkecenter to see and experience renewable energy. The students were at the Folkecenter and also in Hanstholm to see the turbine at 525 kW which they climbed.
A class from Thisted High School came for a visit at Wednedsday April 29 2009 at the Nordic Folkecenter. Read further about Thisted High School here.
A group of students from Exeter University came to visit the Folkecenter in week 17. The students were at a wek long stay in Denmark to lear about the Danish experiences regarding renewable energy.
The students travelled in Denmark and saw biogas plants, wind turbines, CHP based on biomass etc. Read further about University of Exeter here.
De studerende får et foredrag på Folkecenteret.
The Sandmose school came Tuesday April 28 2009 to the Folkecenter with a group of students. Learn more about the Sandmose school here.
A group from Sjoerringvold Continuation was April 28 2009 visiting the Folkecenter to learn about renewable nergy and energy savings. Learn more Sjoerringvold Continuation School here.
Skarrild school came Monday April 20 2009 with about 60 pupils to visit the Folkecenter. View the web site for Skarrild school here.
A group of students from Selandia College came to visit the Nordic Folkecenter Friday April 17 2009 and got a guided tour where they saw renewable energy and energy savings in real life. View the web site for Selandia here.
20 different nationalities were represented when Skive Language Centre visited the Folkecenter Thursday April 16 2009. The students at the language centre heard about renewable energy and energy savings while they saw and touched the many installations.
Here are some students fealing the hot water from a solar heating plant.
Stagstrup school visited the Nordic Folkecenter Wednedsday April 15 to learn about renewable energy and energy savings. View the web site for Stagstrup school here.
Business academy Dania in Skive has sustainability as overall intension for the students projects.
Therefore did a group of students from the school visit the Nordic Folkecenter Thursday April 2 2009.The group consisted of students at the education for production technologist which is a two year education aimed for productions companies. The students head about renewable energy and energy savings in general. View the web site for business academy Dania in Skive here.
Tuesday March 31 was Viborg high school at a visit at the Nordic Folkecenter. The students from Viborg were together with a class from Norway and together they are writing a project about renewable energy.
View the web site for Viborg high school here.
Students from Viborg high school in John Lennons sofa.
The Sandemose school has made a tradition to visit the Folkecenter as part of their education in "Environment and biological conditions in green plants".
Grena technical school visited Tuesday March 10 2009 The Nordic Folkecenter in order to hear about renewable energy, especially solar cells, wind turbines, energy savings and wave power.
After a guided tour and lunch break at the Folkecenter did the group go on to see the Folkecenter wind turbine and wave power at the Folkecenter test station in Nissum bredning.
A senior group from the union for office workers from Nykoebing Mors came Tuesday March 3 2009 to visit the Nordic Folkecenter. The group was guided around and saw solar cells, wind turbines and all the many exhibitions at the Folkecenter
After the guided tour coffee and tea was served.
Academy of Professional Higher Education visited the Nordic Folkecenter Monday February 23 2009 for a guided tour. The group consisted of a team of plumbers that came to hear more about the the energy in the future.
View the web site for Academy of Professional Higher Education here.
An international group from Vestjylland Folk High School came Monday February 16 2009 to visit the Folkecenter. The group got an introduction to renewable energy and energy savings in side and afterwards a guided tour out side at the Folkecenter in the new fallen snow.
Read further about Vestjylland Folk High School here.
Skive technical institute was wednesday January 21 2009 at a visit at the Folkecenter to learn about the renewable energy forms of the future. View the web site for Skive technical institute here.
A physics class from Hurup school was Tuesday January 20 2009 at the Folkecenter to learn about renewable energy. The students were tought about solar cells, small wind turbines, plant oil etc. View Hurup school web site here.
Friday January 16 2009 visited Vraa folk high school the Nordic Folkecenter to see and hear about renewable energy. View the web site for Vraa folk high school here.
Monday Januarary 19 2009 was Hanstholm school at a visit at the Folkecenter with two grade six classes. The children heard about renewable energy and also found a wounded bird that can be seen on the pictures. View the web site for Hanstholm school here.
Monday 12 2009 tought the Folkecenter a team at ten persons who are taking care of green areas all over the country. The title was: Environment and biological conditions in green plants.
Blaakilde Ungdomsskole was December 2 and 3 2008 at a visit at the Folkecenter. The visit started with a guided tour and afterwards there was tuition and group work with the subjects solar, wind and wave energy.
At the night did the students stay at the underground SkibstedFjord building before they went home. View the web site for Blaakilde Ungdomsskole here.
Thisted language school came thursday December 4 2008 to visit the Folkecenter. The students who come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East got a guided tour at the Folkecenter and saw many different kinds of renewable energy and energy savings.
Holstebro Technical College did Wednesday November 26 2008 visit the Folkecenter. There were about 110 students from the schools technical high school. They saw and heard about renewable energy and energy savings. View the web site for Holstebro Technical College here.
After the guided tour did the students eat in the underground building at the Folkecenter, SkibstedFjord.
Tuesday October 28 2008 was the Folkecenter visited by a small group of students from a Tvind school. Read further about Tvind here.
At this picture is head of information Jane Kruse showing a solar cell.
In week 28 did the network have a conference in Aalborg under the headline "Environment, sustainability and new energy".In relation to that came a group of about 100 students and teachers to the Folkecenter Thursday Juli 10th. The group consisted of young people from many different countries with interest in renewable energy and energy savings. Read more about Care takers here.
YFU-Denmark was founded in 1961 and has since helped almost 10.000 young Danes.YFU also help foreign students to get to Denmark and learn about Danish culture and the Folkecenter was in week 23, 2008 visited by a group from the USA that was learning about renewable energy and energy savings. YFU has through several years visited the Folkecenter.
Read more about Youth for Understanding here.Besides visiting the Folkecenter did the students also visit Siemens wind factory and many other things related to renewable energy.
The director at the Folkecenter Preben Maegaard signs his book after a presentation of his international work to supply our planet with renewable energy.
Visit at Siemens wind turbine factory, where Lars Holm Nielsen head of Service Technical & Safety Training gave us information about the companys with the important technology of the future.
A picture of the group at the Folkecenter, in the back ground are solar cells.
The students at the Folkecenter Hanstholm wind turbine.
The foreign pupils were in Denmark as part of an exchange program called Comenius.The program is named after Ján Amos Comenius (1592-1670) from the Czech Republic. He was a priest, writer and teacher and believed that peace and understanding would happen through education. Learn about the Comenius program here.
Pupils and teachers could tell interesting things about the situation for renewable energy in their countries.View the web site for Vestervig school here.
Indians were inveted to Denmark by their Danish partners among others Caritas Denmark.Read further about Caritas here.
The visitors arrive with a bus at the Folkecenter.
The Norwegian Group in front of the
Nature and Youth is a green organisation for the Danish youth. They are working to promote children's interest for nature and environment and lay the foundations for respect for the nature.
Nature and Youth wanted hands on experience with renewable energy - to experience it own your own and not just as debate and paper.View their web site here.
The guests are all studying wave energy so it was obvious to vosit the Folkecenteret, which is the only place in Denmark where it is possible to test wave power models in full-scale.The students visited the Folkecenter test station for wave energy and besides were guided around at the Folkecenter itself. Click here and read more about wave power.
View the Aalborg university web site here.At this picture are the students admire Boelgehoevlen (The wave plough), a Danish developed wave power model.
September 26th did they visit the Folkecenter in order to see and hear about energy savings and renewable energy.At first did the students visit the Folkecenter windmill in Hanstholm and they had they opportunity to climb up into it. After that they got a guided tour at the Folkecenter. A lot of foreign visitors are coming to the Folkecenter and it is always interesting to hear what they think about Denmark and the Danes.
Our Polish guests said that there are many building activities going on in Poland at the moment.In Denmark they wondered how there were no class differences and the good conditions for the students.
The students are entering the windmill.
A student is looking out from the 40 meter high wind turbine.
Here is a plant for wave energy.
View the Boddum-Ydby school web site here.
In Thisted senior community do they live to close together and have diner with each other once a month.The admission term is to be over 60 years old. One of the visitors says:
"I have been here several times, because it is always very interesting."At the picture below are the visitors drinking coffee outside after hearing about renewable energy and energy savings.
Aadum sxhool came with a class of with eigth pupils and two teachers in the 11th grade.At the picture below is a teacher taking pictures of the pupils who are told about the forms of transportation in the future. One third of the total Danish energy consume is used for transportation. We use fossil fuels for transportation, so we need new renewable energy fuels. Here is an energy efficient VW Lupo, which runs 33 km per liter.
The Folkecenter strawbale house has been reconditioned after having lasted for almost 10 years in the Danish climate.
These are pictures from the Folkecenter biodome.
At the first day were the students guided around at Folkecenter. At the second day they were given lectures about the transportation forms of the future, wind energy and solar cells.In the afternoon saw the students the 40 meter high 525 kW windmill that Folkecenter owns in Hanstholm. After that they visited the Folkecenter test station for wave energy and a biogas plant in Skinnerup, which use the waste from the farmer's animal production to produce heat and electricity. The school came with 2 teachers and 28 students. A teacher says: "We have come to see how the world looks like outside the class room. It is important for the students to see the things in the real world and in natural size."
A teacher in physics says:"The students has a theme this week about the different kinds of energy forms and as a part of this did we come to visit Folkecenter." The students were at first guided around at Folkecenter and then went to visit the Folkecenter Test Station for Wave Energy. View the Birkelund school web site here.
The students came from University of Exeter, where they study the many aspects of renewable energy.The tour started at the Folkecenter windmill in Hanstholm. After that did the group visit a farm biogas plant and the Folkecenter Test Station for Wave Energy.
And finally they got a guided tour at Folkecenteret.View the web site for University of Exeter here.
In the morning was the Swedish group guided around at Folkecenter and in the afternoon was Folkecenteret in charge of presentations at different places.At first at decentralized combined heating and power station, which supplies 260 house holds in Noerre Vorupoer with energy. Then the Folkecenter 525 kW windmill, which is placed in Hanstholm. It is 40 meters high and produces 1.400.000 kWh annually, which is equal to the electrical consume of 300 house holds for a year.
After that a farm biogas plant, which makes a farmer 100% self-sufficient with renewable energy.
And finally a visit at the Folkecenter Test Station For Wave Energy.Read more about Ekocentrum Sweden here.
Group is consisting of 5 high school teachers who are part of a bigger East Jutlandic science network.The network consists at the moment of 5 high schools: Egaa Gymnasium, Horsens Statsskole, Marselisborg Gymnasium, Silkeborg Gymnasium and Aarhus Statsgymnasium. The network is divided into 4 groups, of which the one that is working with renewable energy visited Folkecenter, because we basically cover all aspects of renewable energy, as they said.
At the same time was a Japanese group, which is visiting Denmark, guided around at Folkecenter.The Japanese have an electrical company in the western part of Japan and are in Denmark in order to get inspiration for their company.
The students are informed by their teacher at SkibstedFjord.
The students received teaching, in the background, and worked with their assignments at the right.
The School has a special class for sustainable development, which works with different ecological aspects in theory as well as practice.The group that came to visit Folkecenter attends this class and they were a mix of seven Danes and four Hungarians. View their web site and learn more about the sustainable development class here. At the picture below is the head of information Jane Kruse showing rape seed oil and cake, which can be used for animal fodder.
Wednesday December 6th came six grades from the Thisted branch and Thursday three grades from the Nykoebing Mors branch.See the web site for EUC North West here.
The students goes to Borris Landbrugs- og naturskole and came to Folkecenter in order to hear about especially rape seed oil, wind energy, cleaning of water and solar energy.
Borris Landbrugs- og naturskole builds on 100 years of experiences as an agricultural school with proud traditions.Read more about Borris Landbrugs- og naturskoles at their web site here. The visitors says:
"We are agricultural students from Rumania who are in Denmark to study for 2 years. We get the basic Danish farming education and 16 months of practical work experience at Danish farmers.
We hope to get ideas and knowledge so we get the opportunity to show something and perhaps start something with agriculture in our homeland.
Yours sincerely and thank you for a good visit12 students from Borris Landbrugs- og naturskole."
"It has been very interesting and Haris was very good at telling in an empathetic way."
"Hope you get a lot of funding for a lot of ideas.""Think it has been enormously exiting and has given one a lot to think about."
The day before the visit had the students learned about renewable energy and energy savings, so they came to Folkecenter to see the theory in praxis.Sjoerringvold Continuation School is a school especially for dyslexic. "Team 2 from Sjoerringvold Continuation School has been given a guided tour. It was incredible interesting and we got A LOT of information. Thank you for an exiting morning. We could have spent much more time here."
See more about Sjoerringvold Continuation School here.
The students came with their physics/chemistry teacher, because they have just finished learning about solar cells and later on have to work with fuel cells.At Folkecenter it is possible to see the many different solar cells work in practice so the school had decided to visit Folkecenter. The teachers and students says:
"A lot of figures and information, but super interesting. We have material for later work."See more about Nr. Nissum Continuation School here.
“Incredible inspiring for both children and adult. You get a both living and current update about the possibilities and needs to create “new energy” in our society.”Esben Lauge Sørensen, Engineer.
They are writing a paper about alternative fuels and came to Folkecenter to get guidance.
The title of the project is: Fossile fuels versus renewable energy, and is about wind power and plant oil/bio diesel.They say: "It was a very interesting tour, which has given a lot of inspiration for our report". Read more about the Engineering College of Aarhus here.
They were busy taking notes.
They came to learn about renewable energy and also visited the Folkecenter Test Station for Wave Energy.See more about Viborg District Heating here.
The group consisted of a 6th grade with 15 pupils and 2 teachers.
A teacher from Bistrup School had heard about Folkecenter from a colleague and therefore decided that it could be interesting to visit Folkecenter.
He is now living in Hong Kong, but is planning to move to his country of origin, New Zealand, where he will start an ecological community.McKenzie and his wife came to Folkecenter to get inspiration for the foundation of this centre.
“It will be very interesting to see the biodome and the water
for life plant”,
said one of the teachers.
2. F has been taught about the global footprint in their technology class. The global footprint is an expression for how much energy, farm land and sea area you need to secure our daily consume.The higher the footprint - the more natural resources you occupy. The Danish global footprint shows, that Denmark is one of the countries in the world with the highest consume of natural resources such as farm products, wood, food and fossil fuels. If all people on earth had our life style, it would require two extra planets. See more about Thisted HTX here.
Ford Focus running on hydrogen and Ford Focus running on ethanol.
In Gothenburg you can park for free, if the car uses ethanol. The
green leaf on the road is the logo for ethanol.
After having seen the Folkecenter webpage they decided to visit Folkecenter on August 24 2006.
Research Centre Foulum is a part of the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, which deals with research and development within food and agriculture.Read more about Research Centre Foulum here.
"It has been very interesting to see the many exciting things
says the chairman of the club.
The purpose was for the students at the school to get to know each other better and to learn about renewable energy.
"After 1 hour guided tour I have learned more than I did in my
entire years at the teachers college",
says one teacher.
At first the head of information at Folkecenter, Jane Kruse, gave a lecture and then The Folk High School visited Folkecenter Test Station for wave energy and finally there was a guided tour at Folkecenter.See the Senior Folk High School webpage here.
In the past they had a common company called Alpro = alternative production and they have among other things invented a machine which cleans seed corn.The company is now closed, but they are still meeting each other and are having tours for interesting places. E.g. they have been visiting a prison.
The visitors believe that Canada can learn a lot from Denmark, especially regarding the use of plant oil.
At home in Canada the visitors have a company, which deals with renewable energy.
Per Westergaard says: "It has been very interesting to see your exhibition. We are here to get inspiration for our company in Canada".
Visit their homepage here.
They came with two teachers and 37 pupils from grade 4 - 7, who all had a special theme week about the energy that the sun, water and wind can produce.Read more about Hjerm School here.
NVH School visited Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy on 6, 7 and 8. December 2005.
"Holstebro Technical College visited the Folkecenter on Nov.25 2005 and found it very inspirational in their learning of renewable technologies. The Folkecenter is a fantastic place for this practical education and to see all these alternative technologies first hand."
Teachers: Bent, Aksel, Tom og Lars
See also www.holstebrots.dk
20 professors and engineers from different universities in Japan
visited Folkecenter to collect experiences about
technology project Wave Star, which was presented by Managing
Director, M.Sc., M.E. Per Resen Steenstrup.
After the presentation the group made on a guided tour at Folkecenter
Concerning Wave Star, visit: www.WaveStarEnergy.com
Says teacher John Midtgaard
Told Preben Dahlgaard, Headmaster on Møldrup School.
For more information about the centre see, www.nvu.dk
From Silkeborg Teacher's College fifteen students and their professors came to Folkecenter on 29.-30. September 2005 for training within energy savings and renewable energy.
The photos show a vivid interest in the Folkecenter Hydrogen Ford Focus and the big 36 panels solar clock that is being installed.
What makes this Toyota Hilux so interesting?
Jane Kruse, Folkecenter, was on 13. September 2005 invited to Skyum Junior High School to inform about energy savings and the motor fuels of the future.
The Toyota has run 100.000 km always using PPO, pure plant oil,
without any problems
Environmental technicians from the County of Ringkøbing made a study tour to Folkecenter on 9. September 2005.
Erwin Köberle, one of Europe's most important pioneers within biogas, made a visit to Folkecenter with his family on August 24. 2005. He is now manufacturer of biogas plants in Southern Germany. Erwin worked for three years at Folkecenter at the end of the 1980'ies.
The 25. August 2005 was Ørum Fællesskole on study trip at Folkecenter.
Bergthora Skuladottir from Iceland has visited Folkecenter to get inspiration for the start of a new ecological center at Iceland.
"Dear people at Folkecenter
Thank you for your hospitality and for showing me all the interesting solutions you have here at Folkecenter. It has been very inspiring.
Best wishes for the future."Bergthora "Begga" Skuladottir
Vestjyllands Højskole (A Danish "Folk high school") has a group of students called ecological entrepreneurs, who came to visit the Folkecenter February 20 2006.
The students came to get inspiration and gather experience.
Vestjyllands Højskole is an international school with students from Argentina, Poland, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Denmark.Visit Vestjyllands Højskole.
On March 2nd 2006 came the Danish - Japanese Kenji Stefan
Suzuki to visit Folkecenter with a group of students from four
The students had a good experience, even though they were cold.
At February 23 – 24 an Italian delegation came to visit Folkecenter. They were here to study biomass and get inspiration for a similar production in Trento, Italy. The Italian delegation was composed by 4 members of C.L.A., Consorzio Lavoro Ambiente, which is a system of 53 companies that is working in environmental issues, ecologies, services and training. It promotes the single cooperatives and the research in new developing fields in the zone of the province of Trento. Other 2 participants of the trip are members of the Federation of the cooperatives located in the province of Trento.
March 14 2006.
4 students at 4. semester from the Engineer School in Herning came to visit Folkecenter to get information about small windmills in the size 400 Watt to 10kW.The 4 students have to, in co-operation with a Danish company, make a sugestion for how to build a small windmill.
For that reason they found it appropriate to visit Folkecenteret on March 15 2006.They came with 22 pupils and 3 adults.
On March 18th 2006 the board of the green consumer movement Green Families was guided over Folkecenter.
After the guided tour they had lunch and then General Assembly in SkibstedFjord.See Green Families homepage here.
On March 17th 2006 came 27 students from Viborg Amtsgymnasium to Folkecenter.
They were at a geography excursion and needed isspiration for reports about renewable energy
"Thank you for the conducted tour.
It was well told and meaningful. It as cold, but very interesting. We hope to come here in June/July for a couple of days with more time and a better weather."
Yours sincerelyGert Aage Christensen
"We have been here to watch and learn about the possibilities in renewable energy; to get information for the students about consume, recycling and another way to think; to think about your own consume.
An interesting visit"
Kongshoejgaard School of Production
Click here and read more about Kongshoejgaard School of Production
See Tvindkraft homepage here.
The students wanted to hear about green waste water treatment, because it is a part of their education.See more about DCJ here.
The director of the school Poul Erik Skov Sørensen says:
"It was a very interesting tour".
The pupils came to Folkecenter on bikes.
Vice-principal Karsten Loet says:
"The Limfjord school is a special boarding school in the northern part of Jutland for mentally handicapped people in the age 16-18 years.
We educate the mentally handicapped to get a life as independent as possible.
We came to visit Folkecenter, because it is possible here both to see and touch the exhibits, which is important for the learning of the students."Visit their homepage here.