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Scandinavia 2013

Jun 11, 13

Welcome to Minnesota

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Jun 8, 13

Touring Trondheim and the trek to Smøla!

Trondheim was the second and last city we visited in Norway after Grimstad. The city was reminiscent of Copenhagen with the cobblestone streets and canal homes; however, the Norwegian mountains surrounded the area with their magnificence!


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Jun 8, 13

Special surprise in Grimstad!

The day after visiting the small hydropower plant project funded by J.B. Ugland, Carina Ugland had a special surprise in store for us. She took us to the company headquarters at the University of Agder and in the basement we were surprised with a special tour of her father's luxury car collection showcase that just recently opened up to the public!

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Jun 7, 13

Far North

Yesterday was a travel day. After a convivial time with some University of Agder students who will be studying at the University of Minnesota this fall, we got a chance to sleep in a bit, then packed up the bus and headed off to catch our flight out of Kristiansand.

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Jun 4, 13

Garbage Power II: Electric Boogaloo

Today we visited the Returkraft Incineration Plant, just outside the port city of Kristiansand. Like the Vestforbraending plant we visited last week in Denmark, this plant takes in all the garbage from the surrounding communities and turns it into sustainable electricity and steam for district heating.

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Jun 4, 13

J.B. Ugland Hydropower Plant

After climbing through the hills of the Norwegian mountainside on our tour bus, we made it to the location of JBU's cabin work retreat and the newest addition to their renewable energy business sector, a hydropower plant (called Nape Kraft) harnessing electrical power from a nearby river connecting two lakes in Fyresdal, Norway. It produces 2 megawatts of electrical power and will start operating in mid august. We walked along the pipeline to the dam and viewed the construction in progress while enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.


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Jun 3, 13

Bittersweet goodbye to Denmark

Before we took the ferry over to Norway, we spent a lovely day touring the northern tip of Denmark. We visited two different geological phenomenons that cause sand dune buildup on one section of the coast and sand degradation just down the beach.

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Jun 3, 13

Welcome to Norway!

After an extraordinary week in Denmark, we packed up and took the Color Lines Superspeed 1 ferry to Kristiansand, Norway, and then hopped on a bus to the university city of Grimstad. We'll spend the next week in Norway, learning about hydroelectricity, and then we'll be on our way home.

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May 31, 13

Wind Power

Yesterday, we visited the Danish Technical University's Large Turbine Test Center, a facility on Denmark's western coast that gives Siemens, Vestas, and other wind turbine manufacturers a place to test their new, large turbines that can generate a megawatt or more.

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May 31, 13

World's Largest Wind Turbines

After receiving a special permit, we were granted permission to enter the testing zone for the world's largest wind turbines today and view them up close! Their blades measure 75 meters, which is roughly 250 feet. They produce a whopping 6.5 megawatts and the blades span an area the size of about 2 football fields and weight 25 tons each.

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May 30, 13

Nordic beach barbecue and other activities!

Today after we attended a wonderful tour at the wind testing site sponsored by the Danish Technical University (see separate entry), we enjoyed the beach behind our cabins and also hosted our own cookout, played frisbee in the sand, and finished the evening by watching the sunset across the North Sea.

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May 30, 13

Crossing Denmark

Yesterday, we said goodbye to Copenhagen and hopped in a bus to drive all the way across Denmark, from the eastern island to the west coast of Jutland, taking in the beauty of the Danish countryside and counting wind turbines. (Counts vary because people kept falling asleep, but we saw between 110 and 250.)

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May 29, 13

Garbage Power

Yesterday, we visited the Vestforbraending Incineration Plant, which incinerates 20,000 to 50,000 tons of waste a week and turns it into electricity and district heat for nearly one sixth of the population of Denmark.

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May 28, 13

Lectures at the famous Niels Bohr Institute

After our free days exploring Copenhagen, we visited the University of Copenhagen at the iconic Niels Bohr Institute to attend lectures presented to us by Professor Katherine Richardson, former head of the International Climate Panel, Dr. Anita Ronne, and Dr. Claus Felby.


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May 26, 13

Copenhagen: Merchants' Harbor

After spending our last two days in Copenhagen, we have experienced some of the many hot spots in the busy city including:


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May 25, 13

Welcome to Copenhagen!

We flew out of Iceland last night, waving goodbye to the Arctic Circle and hello to Europe proper. We're now in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

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May 24, 13

What time is it? It doesn't matter! It's Iceland!

Our time in Iceland flew by as we hiked, climbed, and explored the land in the southern jut of Iceland. The past 72 hours have been a huge Icelandic adventure and a truly great way to start off our trip on a positive note!

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May 24, 13

Paradise in Iceland . . . Denmark to come!

Today, we experienced the luxurious Blue Lagoon Spa to conclude our wonderful 3 days in Iceland!

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May 23, 13

Steam Power

Yesterday we visited Svartsengi Power Station, a geothermal plant located on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland. The workers at this plant prefer to call it a resource park, since kiit produces not only power, but four other resources for Reykjavik and the other towns of the Reykjanes peninsula.

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May 22, 13

Greetings from Iceland!

After a 6 hour flight spanning 2939 miles from Minneapolis to Keflavik, the CSE Energy Production Methods in Scandinavia group made it to Iceland at 6:30 am local time, ready for a full day of hiking

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May 3, 13

Energy Production Methods in Scandinavia - EE 3940

MAY 21-JUNE 10, 2013

Award-winning Teaching Professor Paul Imbertson (electrical and computer engineering) has taken several groups of Minnesota students to Scandinavia to explore energy production methods, and how culture and beliefs guide our energy policies. The 2013 seminar will study existing and planned energy production methods and energy usage in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway.

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