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Graphic: The blue levitating ghost is blowing strongly. He holds a bulb in his right hand and a small wind generator in his left.

The wind ghost Kurt, the mascot of the exhibition
© Titus

Photo: The white rotor blade of a wind turbine looks like a giant paper knife. It is lifted by two heavy-duty cranes, rising into the sky at an angle of 70 degrees.

Precision work on
30 November 2011: Mounting the rotor blade in the ground of Deutsches Technikmuseum
© SDTB / C. Kirchner

Photo, close up of the kite: The 30 m long kite body floats under the ceiling. The large head is colourful and elaborate and artistically decorated. The giant teeth are particularly impressive.

Chinese silk centipede kite. These kites are to carry man's requests to the gods.
© SDTB / C. Kirchner

Photo: The wooden figure holds an US-flag in each hand.

President Abraham Lincoln as a whirligig - in the USA often used to decorate house and garden.
© SDTB / C. Kirchner

Photo: View into a wooden termite habitation, which is punctuated by a maze of tunnel-like galleries that provide air conditioning and control the CO2/O2 balance

Termites use the wind for cooling and air condition.
© SDTB / C. Kirchner

View of a row of wind turbines standing in the sea on tripod supports. In the photo the rotor stars of the turbines overlap, giving the impression of a single star radiating beams of differing lengths.

BARD Offshore 1, wind park in the North Sea
© Jan Oelker

WINDSTÄRKEN

Special exhibition from 26 October 2011 to 31 October 2013

WINDSTÄRKEN is the first special exhibition of Deutsches Technikmuseum covering the subject of wind and wind energy.

Photo: In a glass showcase you can see an adult emperor penguin with its young. On the walls there are large-format photos showing persons wearing facemasks against a sandstorm and bridges collapsing during a violent storm.

View of the area "Wind as a threat". Emperor penguins survive temperatures of -50 °C and snow storm speeds exceeding 180 km/h thanks to their clever position shift in their turtle formation and their dense plumage. © SDTB / C. Kirchner

The wind – a diverse, natural phenomenon - is presented to the visitor using exciting, fascinating, amusing, entertaining and surprising methods, offering a real treat for the senses. 1050m2 of exhibition space house a variety of displays where wind gods tell tales of the wind, and hands-on experiments invite participation. In addition to an explanation of wind energy technology, the importance of wind energy for our society is a focus of our exhibition.

Wind energy technology is close at hand even in the museum grounds. Here you can see a 44 metre high rotor blade rising high into the sky. As well as being a sculpture it acts as an impressive advertising medium for the exhibition, showing the staggering proportions of wind turbines.

Also on offer

There is a comprehensive further accompanying programme to complement the exhibition, consisting of offers for school classes and kindergarten groups which are free of charge. Additionally we arrange guided tours for groups of adults and special tours for the blind and visually impaired. For a birthday that really takes off, bring along your youngsters for a celebration they’ll never forget.

Photo: In the foreground a green rotor star with three blades, made by Wienpahl himself. To the right an impression of his workshop. You can see his shelves of tools and jars of screws and a hoist.

The workshop of the do-it-yourself craftsman Wolfgang Wienpahl who built his own wind turbine in the 1970s © SDTB / C. Kirchner

The five areas of the exhibition

Wind awakens the imagination – kites, musical instruments, wind chimes, whirligigs and the bicycle paddled against the wind. All these show how wind can fire the imagination. Severeal inhibits invite the visitors to experience the effects of wind, to feel it and to play with it.

What is wind? - A myth and a phenomenon of natural science at the same time: We present wind gods, weather cocks and the latest scientific findings on global wind systems.

Wind as a threat - Wind is a force of nature and thus it can be a threat. We show its negative effects, for example wind chill, erosion and storms along with some of the methods of protection devised by man and beast.

Wind works wonders - Drying, flying, sailing, air conditioning: Plants, animals and humans make use of the wind in very different ways, often employing surprisingly ingenious methods.

125 years of wind energy - In 1887 electrical energy is generated from wind for the first time. A time bar shows both the historic and current development of electricity generation from wind energy - from pioneering amateurs to big corporations, from windmills to wind parks. In addition to rotor blades, gearboxes and generators in wind turbines, the exhibition highlights electrical networks and storage technologies as well as fields of expertise and issues disputed in society on the future of wind energy and related technology.

Patronage

The German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Main sponsors

Rothe Erde bdew SIEMENS 50hertz

Sponsors

EUROS NOTUS Vestas Bundesverband WindEnergie e.V. Windreich TÜVRheinland