Grünblick- Experience renewable energies- Build your own wooden wind turbine

In the week of 11.10-18.10.2020, 8 youths and young adults between 16-25 years of age took part in the second work camp in the framework of the vocational orientation project Grünblick on the occupational field of renewable energies in the northern Black Forest. The aim of the week was to get orientation for green and sustainable job opportunities. In order to make the occupational field of renewable energies tangible, the young people built their own 10-metre-high wooden wind turbine. The wooden wind turbine was set up at the end of the week and connected to an energy learning station.
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11.11.2020 / 18 Uhr
Dominik Lechner

The young people work with metal, wood and electronics

The construction of the wooden wind turbine was led by three volunteers from the ERNI wind turbine collective. The wind turbine collective follows the approach that the participants of the workshop build the wind turbine completely on their own. After being introduced to the machines and given the instructions, the young people were allowed to lend a hand and get started.

At the beginning of the week, the young people were introduced to the three different stations: metal, wood and electricity, in each of which different components for the wooden wind turbine were made. At the end of the week, the finished parts of the respective stations were assembled. In the electrical station, the participants made a motor with magnets that run over a coil and thus generate electricity. In the wood station, they made the three rotor blades, and in the metal station, they made the so-called nacelle in which the motor was inserted. The young people worked at the same station for the whole week, which they were allowed to choose themselves at the beginning of the week. The exchange of knowledge took place among the young people themselves by explaining the procedure at the station to the other two groups at the end of each working day.

Immerse yourself in the world of renewable energies

Every morning before going into the workshop, there were interesting theory sessions that set the content framework for the week. There was theoretical background on the metal, wood and electrical stations, but above all insights into the world of renewable energies in general. "What are renewable energies and what is their significance for our future?", "What is this "energy turnaround" and how can we push it forward?", "How can we save energy? As with all work camps, the central question this week was to what extent professions in the occupational field of renewable energies have changed in recent years and how they need to change with regard to today's societal challenges such as climate change. An attempt was always made to place the occupational field in a global overall context. In the evening after the workshop, there was also the opportunity to talk with invited experts about the diversity of renewable energies and their way into the profession.

The personal life path

The second part of the work camp consisted of dealing concretely with personal career orientation in addition to the technical-practical content. The participants' questions such as "How can I combine my career aspirations with the issue of sustainability?" or "Which training/study makes the most sense for my interests?" were discussed. In joint discussions and reflections, the participants also had the opportunity to deal with their own potentials, strengths, talents and dreams. Thus, using the Ikigai method, a model for happiness in life, the questions "What are you good at?", "What do you love?", "What does the world need?", and "What can you be paid for?" were visualised. The week was concluded with a professionally guided walking coaching session, which was designed to clarify the participants' personal wishes and potentials, independent of everyday influences (parents, school and social environment). Thus, the participants received final impulses regarding their career orientation as well as concrete guidance for the next steps.

Dates and registration

More information on the project as well as dates and registration at http://www.grü


The "Grünblick" project is funded under the ESF federal programme "Promoting Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development. Via green key competences to climate and resource-friendly action at work - BBNE" by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the European Social Fund.