Day 12: Passau to St. Pölten

We had a special challenge today! The task was to drive from Passau along the Danube, and arrive by 15:40 PM in St. Pölten exactly. Although this was literally a sightseeing cruise parallel to the Danube, the second part of the challenge was of a different and equally interesting nature! The aim was to take a photo of ourselves with our vehicle and with as many people in the picture as possible. All the teams did pretty well, but I accomplished this mission the best by having 108 students and teachers from Mauthause Hauptschule stand next to my THINK.

Team m-way at Mauthausen Hauptschule, Austria

Danube River somewhere in Upper Austria

Danube near Melk, Lower Austria

Almost all the WAVE teams in St. Pölten

In the afternoon, the WAVE received another warm welcome in the township of St.Pölten, the home of Team Lux Ranftl. Our hosts, representatives of the Landesrat für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Energie and Energie Versorgung Niederösterreich (EVN) also helped judge which team had the lightest vehicle, therefore the fastest ability to push the vehicle along a short stretch. Clearly our e-bike teams excelled, and our birthday boy for the day, Martin Stapel won this contest.

our hosts in St. Pölten presents Louis Palmer with a certificate to prove that we tanked with renewable energy here

Tobi and Frank pushing Zerotracer (some 650 kg or so plus luggage)

Martin Stapel, fastest at pushing his e-bike weighing around 20 kg

Our local St.Pölten Team Lux-Ranftl

We had an absolutely fantastic evening visiting the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant, where our host Gerald Rückner from EVN guided us through this amazingly complex and historic place. This nuclear plant is also the world’s safest, as despite it being fully complete in 1978, it was never turned on due to a vote against it by referendum. In fact, the plant serves as a museum and training ground, and has solar modules on its roof! We were allowed to push all kinds of buttons and quite frankly, everyone looked as it they were 5 years old 🙂

Till (Team Euro-Flyer) happy to be visiting this control room in the nuclear power plant!

Jaromir (Team TILI) also very amused by the buttons 🙂

Christian (Team Nachhaltige Stadt Leutkirch) making an emergency call!

All so happy to be on this tour in this nuclear power plant

For more photos of the teams, become a friend of the WAVE on Facebook and follow our adventures! Otherwise, click on the website of each team on this website.

Blog written by  Julianna Priskin. 


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