Thirty years ago, TouchWind was born.
In an era where nuclear power production was becoming the norm, the Chernobyl disaster made it clear to the world that this form of energy was not without its downsides. Only a handful of people, quickly dismissed as a bunch of naïve hippies, had the courage to speak out against it. The frequent demonstrations of those days were the seeds of a long transition being planted. A transition we are still in today.
Amongst these protesters was a young Rikus van de Klippe. Having just earned his degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Delft (NL). Rikus went searching for a more meaningful application of his fascination for technology. He started taking extra courses in philosophy. In 1981, he graduated with knowledge in both aerodynamics, engineering and philosophy. It was this combination of academic aptitude and curiosity that made him question; is it really a universal truth that a wind turbine will always have the tendency to make its mast fall over?