EUREL Field Trip 2023 to Romania
Our most recent addition to EUREL, the Association of Energy and Electrical Engineers (AIEE) undertook the honour of hosting this year’s EUREL Field Trip in Romania. Over the course of nine days, a group of young engineers had the opportunity to explore a beautiful and diverse country.
After the first evening of getting to know each other, the following days were thoughtfully structured to provide an immersive experience within Bucharest itself. The group embarked on exploratory journeys through the city, including its historic old town, and partook in a tour of the Palace of Parliament. On the fourth day, they escaped the hot city streets of Bucharest and made their way to Fundata in the mountains. En route, they paused for their first technical visit to the Vidraru Hydro Power plant at the Vidraru Dam, affording them an exclusive insight into the production processes of hydroelectricity. To finish off their day in Fundata, the group passed Transfăgărășan, a well-paved mountain road crossing the southern reaches of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains.
The following day started in Transylvania with the legendary Castle of Dracula and the Bran Castle. Their itinerary included a final technical stop at the Sinaia 0 hydroelectrical power plant before commencing their journey back to Bucharest.
AIEE has important connections in the tech scene, one of them Phoenix Contact in Bucharest. Besides learning about the hundred-year history of the company and getting insights into new business areas, they also empower the industry and society to forge ahead with the transformation of an All Electrical Society. Another significant interaction took place with Rompetrol Energy, positioned along the Black Sea Coast, further enriching their understanding of the energy sector. The final stop led the group to a wind farm, granting them a unique perspective into the operation of wind turbines. Returning to Bucharest, the group dedicated their final day to the Bucharest International Air Show (BIAS), Romania’s largest air show as well as the Water Park.
Each night of the EUREL Field Trip the group soaked up the rich culture and tradition of Romania, shared lots of dances and fostered the blossoming of newfound friendships. The farewell party provided an opportunity for each participant to share their most cherished moments, lasting memories, and valuable insights gleaned during these past few days.
The EUREL Field Trip proved to be a truly enriching experience, characterized by the exchange of inspiring ideas, the establishment of a professional network, and the forging of enduring friendships. Beyond personal and professional growth opportunities, the participants gained exclusive impressions and insights into various technical sites, thereby enhancing their knowledge base for future career and academic pursuits.