Ing. Gerhard Lamprecht

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Gerhard Lamprecht is a native of Ostermiething and a qualified power current and communications engineer. For more than 20 years he had worked at OKA (now Energie AG) for electricity made of coal until he finally followed his vocation looking for a way to use his talents for renewable energy production. So he came to EWS in 2002.

2003 the first nationwide "Austrian Green Electricity Act" was enacted. This enabled more extensive expansion of wind energy for the first time. From that date no more individual plants but wind parks were built. That posed new challenges for the wind farm and grid operators.

In this context Gerhard felt at home, because he understood the language of both and could empathize with each side. Out of that evolved one of the biggest substations for wind energy in Austria, in the Brucker Basin, a site originally proposed by Gerhard.

In the belief of Austrian politics that wind energy expansion would be possible even with lower fundings, the conditions had worsened significantly since 2006. A heavy drop in the Austrian wind industry followed. From then on Austrian operators implemented wind energy projects abroad only. At this time also EWS bundled its forces and the employees took over many different tasks. Therefore Gerhard was used for projects in Bulgaria and Romania.

Since 2014 his main tasks have been the technical management of the wind park Munderfing and the support of colleagues concerning grid connection issues. Recently focusing on repowering the projects he originally established.

To dedicate himself sufficiently to „Pilgern für Schnecken“ as a guide -together with his wife Rosina– he has been working part time for wind energy concerns for several years now.

Interview

You are said to be a walking encyclopedia in substations in Austria?
Of course I know a lot about high-voltage lines and substations, where they pass or stand based on my long term work. But it is also in my personal interest, just like other people can memorize mountains, I am good in high-voltage lines and substations.

What was the most exciting time or the best project at EWS for you and why?
There were many exciting projects, but a special one was „Sternwald I“. That was in 2003 and I was nearly half a year at EWS. The first time when I came to the location of the planned plant as project manager of construction, I thought „How should that work?“. We were about 1000 meters above sea level on a hill in the middle of a forest, completely remote and lonesome. Two years later 6 new plants were added with Sternwald II. Our challenge was to place the plants exactly on the Austrian-Czech borderline. Of course it wasn`t a straight line and the rotor blades shouldn`t reach over the border. What I have in good memories is a conversation with the forester who was the representative of the land owner. He said that spruce trees weren’t that precious and we need not care clearing them, but the beech trees should be left untouched. So there were and always will be special wishes, which require consideration and flexible solutions.

What is your wish for the future of wind energy?
That there will be more wind energy plants for a clean power generation! People should use their energy to implement something in a positive way – even though it seems difficult at the time – and they shouldn’t always think why something wouldn’t work and how it could be prevented or blocked.

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