Progress on the Renewable Energy front

the internet has been cutting out staendig all morning and it’s been totally annoying.  Good thing I’ve been gone the past 4 hours. 🙂

I got picked up at. 10.10am at the Schlecker on Talstrasse across by the Treff.  There was Dr. Josef Pesch, I guess one of the professors of the ReNewMan (it’s a new word i’ve invented for the abbreviated version of renewable energy management but i think it’s got a nice ring to it) who has a company called fesa that does sustainable energy projects.  mid-40s, had just come back from giving a presentation and knowledge about solar projects to the Canadian province of Ontario, and on Tuesday is flying to Cincinnati to give another presentation!!! This guy said he wouldn’t be able to meet until dec 18, when i will be, and then wrote well, you can come on this interview thing i have to do.

So it’s him, his teenage son and 3 Japanese people: a cameraman, a director/producer and an interpreter that has lived in Freiburg for 30 years.  She also teaches a japanese cooking class at the volkshochschule.

We drive past Waldsee past the Moeslestadion to the B31 and a view from a slight distance on a bridge going over the train tracks.  I tried to take a couple of pictures and then Josef, his son and me were instructed to walk along the bridge while Josef tells us stuff about solar energy and when the project was constructed (it’s a fascinating story, 80 investors from the 79117 postal code where the solar Anlage is and of course bank capital).  We did the walk again because the japanese producer dude wanted another shot and then we stood on the bridge and Josef told us more.  Then we were all interviewed very briefly and then we went over to the electrical center that collects the energy the solar panels create/save/capture.  They took some video and then we all went back to his office.  He asked me to come back there with all of them even though …I don’t know, so I just said ok.  And then the Japanese people interviewed him at his desk for about 45 minutes, with the japanese translation of his long sometimes complex answers right after what he said.  Occasionally the director (weird checkered pants, dark sweater, sparse facial hair, bushy hair and with a slight lisp or speech impediment).  Neither of the 2 Japanese tv dudes could speak English.  I mostly spoke German with the Japanese lady.

On the drive to his office that led to this long interview the son and I more or less patiently watched happen, Josef told me about a project he is working on in Bahlingen (not the one near Freiburg sondern in Wuertemberg 2 hours away.  He said I could help him with the project (!!!) and said that at the beginning i couldn’t get paid but maybe later.  We didn’t make any specifics, I told him I could do a day a week or so and we made plans to meet the first week of the year and figure out a plan for me to do some kind of internship there!!!  Considering he is I’m pretty sure one of the professors involved in the Renewable Energy Management program that could potentially help me a LOT.

ps on the off chance that gave me this hook-up now reads the blog, thanks a lot dude.  I owe you a beer fo sho.

pss got the newest black crowes’ show from san diego from Sunday blasting in the headphones

psss bought some deer meat for dinner tonight!


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