Yes, in fact there are such things
as Swiss wind turbines. They are efficient
and even somewhat smaller than conventional turbines. But: this wind farm
is in France. Roman Bühler produces
wind turbines in his workshop on Lake Constance,
mainly for foreign countries. We’ve produced this plant
for Lebanon and we’re doing final checks to ensure it all actually works. It should then
work fine on site. After some initial difficulties
he is now very busy. Global demand has
risen yet again. Mainly overseas, in Chile
and other such countries. And in Switzerland?
– Demand keeps on falling. Mont Crosin in the Jura. There are some big wind turbines here. But in Switzerland most wind farms are
facing a head wind rather than a tail wind due to objections. Despite the vote in favour of
Energy Strategy 2050, not a single large wind turbine will
be built this year or next year. The Suisse Eole Association isn’t pleased. Here’s one of Switzerland’s
37 wind farms. That’s one of the lowest figures
of any country, sadly. There are three times as many
farms in the pipeline. Some of them have waited over ten
years to be built. Most are being blocked
by objections. It’s a very difficult situation
from our point of view, if we want to progress with
the energy strategy. Switzerland produces
less wind energy than some geographically and
technologically similar regions. In Europe,
Denmark gets top marks: It produces 2,240 kWh of power
per inhabitant. Where is Switzerland in
this league table? In just 26th place with 13 kWh. Only 3 European countries
produce less. This man and his association are
blocking many turbines in Switzerland. Raimund Rodewald of the
Foundation for Landscape Conservation is one of the most vocal
objectors. The Foundation has
published a map. Green denotes existing turbines. Blue for those being planned
or blocked. Rodewald defends his approach. Particularly in technological
development you could see that these wind farms in particular
have made huge steps forward. In production terms, one farm
today is worth as much as five were ten years ago. It’s best if we don’t make the
same mistakes as other countries, who have indiscriminately
ruined their countryside and built inefficient wind farms in protected areas. We don’t want that
in our country, quite simply because nature and
landscape conservation are of great importance. The government’s target of 800 farms
may be hard to achieve, says wind-turbine builder Roman Bühler, not just due to objections. In theory there are
800 possible sites, but in practice access is difficult: laying roads and transporting material. I think around 150
would be a realistic figure. For this reason, Bühler
is targeting his wind turbines at growth markets abroad.