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The Energy Expert

Alain makes sure we have power – today and tomorrow.

“Most of the projects I’ve worked on relate to energy and the environment. Wind turbines of course, but also building and maintaining waterways, dams and locks. These, too, generate electricity and boost cleaner transportation in Europe”.

Alain is an electromechanical engineer; converting wind and water power into electricity. While the turbines are a visual reminder of this process, much of Alain’s work takes place behind the scenes: “A wind farm needs foundations, roads, cabling and substations. I make sure all matters related to electricity are functional and safe.”

Health and safety however remain top priorities for him: “I am very proud of our strict implementation of safety procedures. It’s important to me that my team are protected when they are at work.”

In his spare time, he combines his love of engineering with the open road. A passionate biker since he was 18, Alain has toured around Europe many times. “Biking provides a sense of adventure and closeness to nature that nothing else can offer.”

Chlor-alkali chemistry is essential in the production and efficient use of energy.

Wind turbine blades can be held together by epichlorohydrin, an extremely versatile resin derived from chlorine. Some of these blades are made of polyurethane, another important chlor-alkali material which also insulates our homes to make them more energy efficient. Solar panels are also helped with chlor-alkali chemistry. Hydrochloric acid helps to purify the silicon which captures the energy from the sun.

Over 324,000 people are employed in Europe’s wind energy sector with a further 120,000 in the production of solar energy*. Chlor-alkali chemistry is helping these people to energise Europe.

How else does chlor-alkali help us to make and efficiently use energy? Find out here.


* 2016 European Commission data