Excursion report Greifswald
From February 25th to February 27th, 2019
23 people from the fields of physics, mathematics, industrial engineering, Environmental Engineering, IMT and ERM.
The departure took place as planned at 2 p.m. by bus, some excursion participants drove independently to Greifswald. After arriving in Greifswald, the youth hostel and the Excursion participants explored the city.
After breakfast we took the bus to the IPP. There we heard a lecture by a doctoral student working there on the physical principles of fusion, the different variants of fusion reactors and the explicit functions of the system installed there. The students had many questions and they were very interested in learning more about the facility. After the lecture we were divided into 2 groups and guided through the IPP. During the tour we had the opportunity to see a lot of highly interesting technical devices and understand how they work. Of course, the centerpiece of the institute, the Wendelstein 7x stellarator, which we were able to see up close, was particularly impressive. In the afternoon we heard a lecture from the group leader on the use of the superconducting coils of the Wendelstein. The topic of the lecture was superconductivity, the control of the coils and their commissioning. Many excursion participants were very impressed by the performance and complexity of these technical marvels and asked many questions after the lecture. After visiting the IPP, we wandered into the historic city center of Greifswald and took part in a very interesting city tour. The city guide not only showed us the beautiful brick Gothic style of the old town, but also provided a lot of historically interesting information. After the city tour, the students explored the city center again on their own.
On Wednesday morning we took part in a guided tour through the historic University of Greifswald. The motto of the tour was "Legends, legends and scary stories". On this tour it turned out that the University of Greifswald is equipped with numerous art and historically significant objects similar to a museum. The stories that the tour guide, who worked in the custody, told us did not miss the topic of the tour. After we had finished with the university tour, we drove to Lubmin to the nuclear power plant located there. After an introductory lecture about the dismantling of the 8 reactor blocks, we got a tour of one of the nuclear reactors and learned many interesting technical details about the peaceful use of nuclear fission. The measures taken to protect employees were particularly impressive. After the tour of the nuclear power plant, we drove back to Cottbus.
The excursion was a lot of fun for the participants and provided an insight into the future and past of energy generation. The historic Hanseatic and university town of Greifswald could also be seen. In the evening, the students' cohesion among the passengers was strengthened in Greifswald's restaurants while eating and drinking together.