Valentin Heusgen

Valentin Heusgen

Germany

Age: 22 | Country: Germany | Education: Renewable Energy | Period in FC: 25 February - 14 July 2019

His first task during the internship was to make a report on geothermal energy, which was a more theoretical study; the goal of this was to learn about the current state of development of this technology and about what are the benefits and risks to it connected. Next, he started to work on a smart charging system for electric vehicles, work which he left a little on the side in favour of smaller projects (e.g. Building a wooden blade for a small wind turbine); he was sorry not to have enough time for the project of the charging station, and he would like to come back in the future to continue working on it.
“During my period in Folkecenter”, he says, “I have learned a lot of practical details you normally don’t think about when studying the topics theoretically, such as what are the costs, but also that if you have an idea you should not think too much and trytorealize it...and if it goes wrong, well, at least you tried!”. Valentin thinks that the time in Folkecenter will affect a lot his future career and decisions, because he will start looking at renewables in a more complete way, always evaluating their pros and cons.
Moving to the social part, Valentin liked a lot the atmosphere at the center: one of the things he enjoyed most was the part of living together with people coming from different background but also from different generations, and that all these people were unitedby a common idea: that renewable energies are the solution for the future!
Another aspect he enjoyed a lot was the freedom given: doing things in the workshop, discussing potential solutions with the engineers or studying the topics he felt more interesting, all this was possible; this freedom, according to him, helps to develop a self-discipline.
Overall, Valentin was very satisfied of his period in Folkecenter, to the point that he is planning to come back in the future; meanwhile, he has already started to spread the voice about Folkecenter and, thanks to him, one new trainee from his university already come and one more is on the way.
You can find Valentin’s report on geothermal energy here, while the video he made on how to build a blade is available here.


  
Mariem Bahloul

Mariem Bahloul

Tunisia

Age: 23 | Country: Tunisia | Education: Electrical Engineering | Period in FC: 18 March - 13 June 2019

The experience in Folkecenter shaped her mind: “I can not see myself working with other sources of energy than renewables” she says, “This experience really made we want to be part of the energy transition: whatever I want to work for sustainability and forhelping to achieve the SDGs”.
Mariem enjoyed a lot the atmosphere in Folkecenter, which she found international and friendly, where you can meet even important people and still feel at your confort; “The feeling is more like being in a family than in a workplace”.
The aspect that she liked most of her period here was the possibility of learning while having fun, without feeling any pressure, like it might have been in a normal workplace.
To the question whether she would recommend Folkecenter tor other trainees, she replies convinced: “Definitively! It’s a beatiful experience: it’s more than just an internship!”
Mariem's study on wind potential in Tunisia can be found here.