IPH | Eric Pieper received the IPH Future Award 2017 for his Master thesis on wind turbine repowering. Once a year, the prize is awarded by the Institut für Integrierte Produktion (IPH) gGmbH to honour the best student thesis of the year.
For his Master thesis, Eric Pieper analysed all wind parks in Germany and developed a method to determine the potential for repowering. Repowering refers to the complete dismantling and replacement of turbine equipment at an existing project site – with the aim to install new and more reliable equipment.
To identify whether repowering is profitable for a wind park or not, the 27-year old industrial engineer developed an Excel tool. His greatest challenge: “I had to compare figures which are not really comparable at all“, says Eric Pieper. “My intention was not only to find out today’s potential for repowering, but also whether a later date is economically more attractive.“
Eric Pieper was honoured for his thesis with the IPH Future Award 2017, a prize which is granted for the best student thesis of the year written at IPH.