The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) announces the winners of the Eolo 2022 Awards in the different categories: Rural Integration of Wind Energy, Innovation, Photography, and Wind Micro-Stories. Once again this year, AEE awards the Eolo Awards with the participation of more than 300 candidates in the different categories. The Eolo Award for Rural Integration of Wind Energy went to the municipality of Higueruela (Albacete); the Eolo Award for Innovation went to ONYX INSIGHT with the ecoPITCH system, a pioneering solution of sensors connected inside the hub of each pitch bearing for online monitoring; the Eolo Award for Micro-Stories went to the story 'Cumbres Sanadoras' by Luis David San Juan Pajares; and the Eolo Award for Photography went to Juan Ramón Martín Catoira, for the photograph 'Pareja' (Couple).
The Eolo Award for Rural Integration of Wind Energy 2022 went to the municipality of Higueruela, in the province of Albacete, for being a model municipality in terms of wind energy development. With a population of 1,135 inhabitants, its economy is based mainly on agriculture. The other great economic engine of Higueruela is the production of wind energy. The installed wind power in this town is 161.02 megawatts (MW) distributed in five wind farms (Cerro de la Punta, Higueruela, Malefatón, Virgen de los Llanos I and Virgen de los Llanos II), all of them totaling 243 wind turbines developed by the company Iberdrola. In the year 2000, this group of wind farms became the second largest wind farm in the world and the largest in Europe, with a production equivalent to the energy consumption of 200,000 homes.
The Eolo Innovation Award initiative is part of AEE and the Wind Energy Sector Technology Platform, Reoltec, to support innovation and national technological development in a context of strong international competition, market globalization and cost optimization. The winner was ONYX INSIGHT with the ecoPITCH system, a pioneering solution of sensors connected inside the hub on each pitch bearing for online monitoring, and which enables wind farm owners to detect problems early and generate significant savings in operation and maintenance costs. Pitch bearings, which connect a wind turbine's blades to the rotating hub, experience many high load cycles in operation. The need for detection and prediction led ONYX to develop ecoPITCH, a revolutionary and unique system for detecting pitch bearing failures. An evolution of ONYX's advanced drive condition monitoring technology, ecoCMS, already installed in more than 7,000 wind turbines worldwide.
The story 'Cumbres Sanadoras' by Luis David San Juan Pajares has won AEE's eleventh Wind Micro-Story Contest. Luis David is an agricultural engineer and his love of writing goes back a long way, but five years ago he decided to enter short story contests and has already had a good track record, winning six awards and being a finalist in more than 15 contests. He enjoys writing because he considers it "a game with which to give positive messages to society". For the winner, renewable energies "are essential in today's world and are a resource that we must know how to take advantage of to achieve a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix".
In the 2022 edition of the Eolo Photography Award, the first place went to Juan Ramón Martín Catoira, for the photograph 'Pareja' (Couple). It is a photograph taken at the end of November 2021 in the province of Guadalajara after a significant snowfall that dyed the entire landscape white. Juan Ramón was struck by how spectacular the sky was, as well as by the rays of sunlight filtering through the clouds and casting very interesting shadows of the wind turbines on the snow. Regarding the author, Juan Ramón is from Benalmádena (Málaga) and is a nurse by profession. He considers photography as his passion because it has taught him to appreciate, value and enjoy both the small and the big things of the nature that surrounds us. Above all, he enjoys photographing landscapes and taking portraits. Our winner is of the opinion that wind energy and, in general, renewables, are our future. "If we love our planet, and at the moment we have no other, there is only one way to have energy without pollution. That future is clean energy," says Juan Ramón.