DI Markus Bernardi

Markus Bernardi

For Markus Bernardi the wind has always been incredibly fascinating! When he saw wind turbines in the south of Vienna for the first time, it was clear to him that he wanted to build them. With these words and by his well-founded training (Secondary College of Engineering plus studying architecture and project management at the FH Joanneum Graz), he convinced us during the job interview that he was the right person for construction management. And so he joined our team in Bruck/Leitha in 2011.

Last but not least, he welcomed this job because love had taken him from Pongau in Salzburg to the expanses of the Burgenland.

Interview

What is it that you find so incredibly fascinating about wind turbines?

Although I am now surrounded by wind turbines in Neusiedl am See, theses mystical slowly rotating structures on the horizon impress me day by day. Wind turbines make the free energy that nature gives us imposingly visible. Most of all I am impressed that the complete energy spent on the production and construction of the turbines is produced within 4 to 6 months of operation. The energy produced in the remaining 19.5 years of operation is given to us without any harm to the environment.

What are the main challenges for project management for the construction of a wind farm?

The biggest challenge for me is to get everyone involved (authorities, municipalities, construction companies, operators, energy suppliers, etc.) to cooperate together. It can be very difficult to strike a balance between the various interests and to recognize problems that may occur in advance in order to avoid them. Naturally my goal is to implement the wind farm within the planned schedule, at the lowest cost but with maximum quality and to the satisfaction of everyone.

How do you feel now about your dream to work in the wind energy branch? 

I am still convinced that I am working in a branch which is very important for the future and in this way am actively making a contribution to creating a liveable environment and community. I am happy to be a part of the team of the Energiewerkstatt.

If you could meet one person, who would it be and why?

Currently it would be Elon Musk. I would like to get insights from him personally about his visions. He could give me some tips on how one can be very successful despite global improvement ideas (just kidding). The step he

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