In der Woche vom 24.10-01.11.2008 waren 22 Schülerinnen und Schüler sowie sechs Begleitlehrer der Comenius-Partnerschulen aus Pavullo (Italien) und Torrejón de Ardoz (Spanien) zu Gast am JFG. Nach dem Kick-Off-Meeting, bei dem das Projekt und die beteiligten Schulen der breiten Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt wurden, standen in dieser ersten Projektwoche vor allem Exkursionen und außerschulische Informationen auf dem Programm. Die Gäste besuchten zusammen mit den am Projekt beteiligten Schülerinnen und Schülern und Lehrkräften u.a. die in punkto Ausbau regenerativer Energien vorbildliche allgäuer Gemeinde Wildpoldsried , einen Windpark der Firma Beermann Windkraft GmbH bei Bidingen im Allgäu und das E.ON Speicherkraftwerk Roßhaupten .
Um Einblicke in den Bereich der Energiegewinnung aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen, Gülle und Abwasser zu gewinnen besuchte die Gruppe eine Biogasanlage in Mering, die mit einem Gasmotor mit Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung des weltweit führenden Augsburger Unternehmens MTU Onsite Energy GmbH arbeitet. Auch die Kläranlage in Augsburg gilt als herausragendes Beispiel für die Verwendung des entstehenden Biogases und für hervorragende Energieeffizienz.
Darüber hinaus war die Gruppe zu Gast beim städtischen Umweltamt, um sich über den gegenwärtigen Stand in Sachen regenerativer Energiequellen zu informieren. Beim Besuch eines Solarparks in Moorenweis erfuhren die Teilnehmer, dass auch in benachbarten Landkreisen Initiativen gestartet wurden um den Anteil erneuerbarer Energien am Energiemix der Zukunft zu erhöhen. Natürlich standen auch einige kulturelle Aktivitäten auf dem Besuchsprogramm. Neben der Stadtführung in Augsburg durch das europadirect-Büro besuchte die multinationale Gruppe Neuschwanstein und München. Ein besonderes Highlight war der Empfang der Stadt Augsburg durch deren Schulreferenten Herrn Köhler im Augsburger Rathaus. Nach einer heiteren Abschlussparty mit allen Beteiligten in den historischen Räumen der Philisteria mercatura, dem Abiturienten- und Absolventenverband des JFG, ging es voller schöner Eindrücke über die viel zu schnell vergangene Woche mit neu gefundenen Freunden zurück in die Heimat bzw. in die Ferien. Diese Projektwoche war ein gelungener Auftakt für die nun folgende einjährige Experimentierphase.
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Part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures, languages and values. Three schools - ISIS “G.A. Cavazzi – Sorbelli” (Pavullo, Italy), I.E.S. Isaac Peral (Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain) and Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium (Augsburg, Germany) have committed themselves to bring 'Europe' into their school communities and enrich their school education.
Arriving on 24th October the twenty-two exchange students form Pavullo nel Frignano (Italy) and Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain) accompanied by six teachers met their German partners. The main aim of this first multinational students’ meeting was to gain a detailed insight into renewable energies used in Bavaria. Getting to know each other was naturally another principal aim of this meeting at the beginning of the project.
Having spent the first few hours in their host families, the participants of the Comenius project met in the centre of Augsburg to get a first impression of the town. First, an official city tour introduced them to the sights of the old Roman town Augusta vindelicorum. Later an individual paper chase showed them the real city as seen by young people. Having explored the city centre in bright sunshine the group then met in a restaurant downtown for the official welcome dinner.
The Italian and Spanish students spent the weekend in their host families learning about German culture and way of life. Monday morning was the official kick-off meeting with the headmaster Mr Kretschmer, members of the parents association, friends of the school and the local press. After a typical Weißwurstessen the students of the three national groups presented their findings on the energy situation in their region. The study which they had conducted in advance of the meeting consisted of a common multinational and a national part – these two parts enabled the participants to discuss similarities and differences in their countries. A visit to the local environmental agency in Augsburg (Umweltamt Augsburg) highlighted the current energy situation in Augsburg as an industrial town. The following days the students spent a lot of the time on the road as they visited different power plants, companies and communities all united by the idea that renewable energies are environmentally friendly as well as efficient which eventually leads to earning a profit.
On Tuesday the participants went south and visited the model ecological community of Wildpoldsried . This community is a front runner of the environmentally friendly use of renewable energies offering its inhabitants e.g. a short-circuit heating based on wood pellets, the use of wood as a sustainable building material, centralized buying of equipment. The energy output has grown steadily and the community is now able to sell their energy surplus to the national energy grid. The next focus was on wind energy and the basics of the technology behind it. Mr Beermann, design engineer and head of Beermann energysystems exemplified the basics of the technology behind with the wind mill of Bidingen and gave a detailed insight into operation and maintenance of such a wind energy plant. The group spent the early afternoon at the true fairy castle Neuschwanstein and had yet another scientifically motivated visit to a hydro-power plant (E.ON Speicherkraftwerk Roßhaupten ) at the river Lech.
On Wednesday the main focus was on biogas. The Comenius group visited a bio gas plant in Mering which was designed by MTU Onsite Energy. The company is one of the world‘s leading providers of gas and fuel cell systems for combined heating and power based on biogas and sewage gas engines. Mr Kinzler, an employee of MTU Onsite Energy gave profound information on development and operation of such a biogas plant and the operations manager of this plant gave a first-hand insight into the daily operation and maintenance of it. Farmers from the surrounding area have specialized in growing maize or Miscanthus reed which is cut into small pieces and then mixed with greenery. This mixture is slowly fermenting to methane gas which then runs an ordinary gasoline engine generating electricity. Moreover, the warm exhaust fumes are then used in a heat recovery system to heat nearby buildings.
The afternoon was once again spent sightseeing – this time the group had lunch at the world famous Hofbräuhaus and then enjoyed a guided tour of Munich . On the way back they were able to get a quick glimpse of the new football arena in Munich (Allianz Arena ).
On Thursday morning the participants were welcomed by the managing director of the sewage treatment plant in Augsburg Mr Wagner. Being a former student of Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium it was a deep concern to him to introduce the plant personally. Later on the chief engineer joined the group on its tour of the sewage plant and explained vividly how they turn human excrement in anaerobic conditions into methane which once again powers an ordinary gasoline engine generating electricity. Rounding off this informative trip Mr Wagner invited the group for lunch and gave everyone lots of information material. After a very busy and mentally challenging week the students and teachers enjoyed at last a free afternoon in Augsburg.
The next morning the group was back on the road again to visit the exemplary solar community of Moorenweis . During an information meeting in the town hall the participants learned from Mrs Baindl of Ziel21 (Zentrum Innovative Energien e.V. für den Landkreis Fürstenfeldbruck ) that numerous initiatives are trying to push the percentage of renewable energies in the common energy mix of Germany. Having learned about the theoretical background the group then visited one component of their concept – the community’s solar installation, one of the biggest outdoor solar installations in Germany operated by ecostream . In the afternoon there was the official reception by the local head of the school division of Augsburg Mr Köhler and the official farewell by the governing body of Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium at the town hall.
The successful project week was concluded in medieval atmosphere – deep down the historic Maximilian Boulevard in Augsburg. Italian, Spanish and German students together with their teachers, the governing body of Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium, their German hosts and friends of the school celebrated this truly European week which has increased the knowledge of the students and teachers alike. Italian, Spanish and German participants have been working together in this remarkable week using their second language English as a way of communicating between different European peoples. Sharing one working language made all the participants cross the barrier of their national languages: Renewable energies – a future for our planet – a 2008/2010 Comenius project and an obligation to looking ahead in energy matters as well as crossing language barriers.