Evening Express

Windfarm chiefs aiming to put members of public in picture

People are being given the chance to create a mini avatar of themselves for use in Vattenfall exhibitions.

People in the North-east are being given the chance to create a miniature-sized avatar of themselves that will be used in exhibitions.

Run by Vattenfall in collaboration with MAKE Aberdeen and Celtic3d, the public are being encouraged to create a free mini version of themselves online.

The avatar will then stand beside a three-metre wind turbine model of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), which is being developed by the Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited.

Once designed online, the unique model will be sent to MAKE Aberdeen, a digital fabrication studio in the city, which is delivered by Robert Gordon University on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

The avatars are being created using 3D printing technology, and will then be installed into the exhibitions that Vattenfall is planning next month.

The idea behind the avatars is to be able to picture what it would be like standing next to the new wind turbines, which are based at Blackdog.

Exhibitions are set to take place at Balmedie Library from February 1 to February 10, and then at Aberdeen Central Library from February 13 to February 22.

Once someone has visited the exhibition, the avatar can be taken home as a memento of the windfarm and its innovations.

Natalie Ghazi, local liaison and project communicator at Vattenfall for the EOWDC, said: “The avatar campaign is part of a wider innovation programme to give people the opportunity to experience and learn more about this cutting-edge scheme on their doorstep.

“They can also keep their avatar as a memento.”

The EOWDC, she said, will generate equivalent energy to power 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic demand and “show how the North-east is yet again leading in energy production.”

To sign up and create your own avatar visit www.celtic3d.com/vattenfall/avatar/