Waiting for wind – this time in Spain

The measurements and tests I mentioned in my last post always take place on-site. Which is logical, as it is rather tiresome to move wind-farms to testing labs.

Last week, I was on-site in Spain. Which was cool. My Spanish is extremely bad, barely sufficient to order food in a restaurant. But the Spanish colleagues speak English and were quite helpful translating. So it was cool.

I felt like I felt so many times before already: Having to do something I before thought would be really cool doing and then not feel cool at all. You know. Like it was before going to university. “It’ll be so cool to be a student” I thought, and then I was at university and it was, like, normal.

But that’s the way it goes, I suppose. Anyway, I’m rather happy with my job.

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Waiting for wind

Last week I spent in northern Germany. There I was introduced into the process of testing how wind-farms interact with the grid – which will be my new part-time job.

I have been hired to perform these tests, which are required to prove that the wind-energy unit can, in case of a fault in the grid, supply the grid with what it needs, power-wise.

From next week onward I will be – when on site – in charge of operating the test-circuit, performing the tests and record and store the data.  I’ll be taking turns with two others, so there will be enough time to finish university, which (it sucks, big time) I STILL haven’t finished YET.

So this is going to be my first real-life engineering experience!!

Me in full gear and with a voltage probe for 10 to 30 kV
Me in full gear and with a voltage probe for 10 to 30 kV

And that’ s how I look like, on-site. I wear safety boots, too, of course. The unit in the background isn’t the one being tested.