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.