As regards our energy supplies, we have now reached a crucial turning point. For quite some time, industry across the globe has been showing a strong tendency towards renewable forms of energy to replace fossile engergy sources and nuclear power.
The advantages of renewable energy being widely known, large parts of the population strongly support its promotion. While in non-Alpine areas, it is relatively easy to plan and build such plants, the integration of renewable sources of energy in a sensitive and environmentally-friendly manner following environmental design ideas presents a great challenge in the Alpine zone.
The research partnership formed by alpS, LAAC and partners from the industrial sector has been undertaking this mission and set itself the goal of maintaining both the ecological and economic value the natural environment presents for the living and economic environment of Alpine regions. It is the aim of this applied resesarch to develop suitable forms of energy, conceive utilization concepts specially designed for the Alpine area and implement a reference plant.
Due to the diversity of energy sources, their integration in the natural Alpine envirnoment requires a sensitive and methodical approach. To achieve integration in harmony with nature, similarities to the diversification of natural vegetation, stone formations and rock distributions are not only desirable but the main criterion and core competence of environmental design for green power.
Kathrin Aste, Frank Ludin, Bejamin Ennemoser, Peter Griebel, Marc Ihle, Clara Jaschke, Daniel Luckeneder, Allison Weiler