Operation of Gedser Wind Turbine

CVR: 41238992

Contact Association:
Korsagervej 14
4874 Gedser, Denmark

Contact person for the association: Gitte Ahrenkiel
Mobil: +45 5141 7833

Press release, 03 December 2020 by lawyer Jesper Popp

(..) As the ownership of the tower has thus been decided, we find it is time to announce that the planned project on Reconstruction and Operation of Gedser Wind Turbine can now be resumed. This is done in already established collaborations with conservation authorities, museums and others.

The reconstruction project at Korsagervej 14 in Gedser, where the original historic tower is located, is administered by the Association: Operation of Gedser Wind Turbine, CVR: 41238992.

- Press release to the full extent, including photos

The Association was founded: March 8, 2020

§ 2. The objectives of the association

a) Based on international / national recognition of Johannes Juul, to work for and spread knowledge of the planned Reconstruction and Operation of Gedser Wind Turbine-project at the site selected by Johannes Juul in Gedser.
This is achieved in contact with the Municipality of Guldborgsund, conservation authorities, museums, the energy sector, interest groups in green and renewable energy, the tourism industry, other associations, media and more.

" Gedser Wind Turbine was for many years the world's largest wind turbine. Johannes Juul created the mill in 1956-57, and today the world's modern wind turbines are built largely on the same principles - but with modern technology on the sidelines. NASA used the Gedser Wind Turbine as a model in 1975 when the United States was conducting research into wind power. Gedser Wind Turbine became a symbol of the green Denmark .. " Culture canon 2006

b) In connection with the reconstruction project - to raise awareness of the planned Offshore Symphony, designed by Frank Pecquet, University of Sorbonne, Paris.

c) To investigate / create conditions for the later establishment of a limited company or fund for administration of the reconstruction and operation project to ensure this for posterity.

In 1993, the former property owner of Korsagervej 14 decided to install a modern Wincon-nacelle on the old turbine tower. Gedser Wind Turbine's original rotor and nacelle were therefore transfered to the Energy Museum in Jutland. Here, two blades were renovated and exhibited as one of the museum's popular attractions.

Reconstruction project meets inventor's visions

The proposed project " Reconstruction and operation of the Gedser Wind Turbinel " is coordinated with the Energy Museum. The exhibition of the original nacelle and the two blades at the museum is maintained, whereas a replica will be constructed at Johannes Juul's experimental area in Gedser.

The replica differs in two respects from the original concept. The blades are made of fiberglass - thus fulfilling Juul's proposal to the SEAS board in 1957. Another proposal from 1957 was to install a newer and stronger gear. In 1957, both proposals from Juul were voted down by the SEAS board. The budget was tight.

Jytte Thorndahl, Curator at the Energy Museum, recommends involvement of technical expertise, but estimates that fiberglass blades are far preferable to the original combination of steel, wood and aluminum sheets with over 3000 screws in each wing. She also assumes that a newer and stronger gear can be installed in the nacelle without visibly affecting the original design.

Fiberglass blades, again with technical expertise involved, are planned constructed so that the design resembles the original as much as possible.
The revenue from the reconstructed Gedser Wind Turbine is intended to be managed by a Fund.

Offshore Symphony

June 2, 2016, musicologist Frank Pecquet and his team from the University of Sorbonne, Paris, visited the Gedser site. The purpose was to produce a web-doc about Johannes Juul's famous Eolienne de Gedser.

Being there, close to the old turbine tower, the first early thoughts of reconstructing Juul's invention were born. Sound recordings of the "whooshing " noise from the newer nacelle made the French musicologist wonder "how Gedser Wind Turbine may have sounded " and this inspired him to compose what today is a ready-for-launch Offshore Symphony.

Offshore Symphony - description

Frank Pecquet, The Trans Team Project (T3P)
The Sorbonne Art School (EAS), Paris1 University

" The concept "Offshore Symphony " was born when I decided to visit the Gedser Wind Turbine in Denmark, made by the electrician/engineer Johannes Juul in 1957. The Gedser Wind Turbine, also named " the venerabe old lady " , is since considered the mother of modern wind turbines.

(..) I first used the term " ecosound " with regard to this project based on the rehabilitation of the Danish heritage canons, in this case the Gedser Wind Turbine, to work in favor of its artistic " rebound " against the backdrop of an ecological model. But overall, the term " ecosound " is used in elaborate ecological norms, with the help of creative/innovative processes. If the ecosound allows measuring our audio tolerance to biodiversity, be it artificial, it also allows nurturing audio creativeness. This would be a response to both actual noise disturbance issued from the wind turbine itself, and its long-time detractors, such as the "Wind of anger " community.

This project unfolds in two parts:

To launch this mission, the first part takes place in Gedser, at the bottom of the " Old Lady " which itself faces the Nysted Wind Farm, as a performance opening a sound installation

By using a broadcast system developed as a smartphone application, the second part performs data according to the interactive user's improvisation. While all wind turbines are connected to an electrical grid, which was the genuine obsession of J. Juul with the " Gedser Mill ", they provide a stream of data in real time, actually observable at the Energy Museum in Bjerringbro, Jutland. These data may feed artistic purpose, such as re/composing sounds and create music by converting numbers to acoustic parameters, according to the speed of the wind in different places on different engines. Each connected wind turbine is a unique instrument from which a set of transformations would apply: Each of us could perform it by being connected from any location. "

LinkedIn - 30 December 2020