VERBUND sponsors young Austrian engineers


The VERBUND award VERENA 2005, endowed with a total of 12,000 Euro, was awarded in Vienna last night to three young Austrian engineers who have submitted practice-oriented papers on the subjects of electricity and renewable energy.

“The entire next generation of Austrian engineers are achieving remarkable performance,” were the words of praise of Hans Haider, VERBUND General Director, at the awarding of the prize in the framework of the 31st VERBUND research forum. “All of the 16 papers submitted are excellent pieces of work.”

The first prize, endowed with 5,000 Euro, went to Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Leitinger, born in Wels in 1979, who has been focusing on the increasing bottleneck situation in the Austrian high-voltage grid since 2000 and therefore suggested the implementation of so-called phase shifting transformers in order to be able to stabilize the grid temporarily until completion of the 380 kV ring.

“The fact that the measures designed by Christoph Leitinger are currently already being implemented in the VERBUND grid shows just how practice oriented research can be and how efficiently it can collaborate with the economy,” says VERBUND research director Herbert Schröfelbauer, CEO of VERBUND hydropower subsidiary AHP.

The second prize, at 4,000 Euro, went to Irene Bischof, born 1976 in Vorau. Her topic encompassed the legal and economic aspects of reservoir discharges of hydropower plants.

The third prize (3,000 Euro) went to Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Siebenhüner, born in Reutte in 1980. He investigated the users of electricity in private households in order to consider a possible implementation of so-called “Demand Side Management”, whereby, in the case of electricity bottlenecks, individual large as well as numerous small appliances can be switched on and off on demand. Siebenhüner’s paper will constitute the basis for further research.