1976 .The driving force behind the creation of the Folkecenter - initially called "Nordvestjydsk Folkecenter for Vedvarende Energi" was charismatic Preben Maegaard, who was educated as a Civil Economist.
Preben acquired a farm near the West Coast, and ran it as a School Camp Site, called "Syd Thy Lejrskole". (School Camp Site of Southern Thy)
In 1976 the first handbook on wind energy was published: "Vindkraftbogen" by the Swede Bengt Södergård. In 1975 the book was published in Sweden.
Preben was inspired by the book, and made his first primitive Wind Turbine in 1976.
On March 10th 1977 Preben Maegaard and other local people in Thisted founded the organization NIVE ( "Nordvestjydsk Institut for Vedvarende Energi"). In cooperation with a local metal workshop HP Maskinfabrik, NIVE wanted to establish a decentralized production of Wind Turbines.
In 1980 Danregn Vindkraft A/S, the forerunner of BONUS ENERGY (Now Siemens Wind Power A/S) was established by Peter Stubkjær Sørensen and Egon Kristensen. To learn about the state of the art for wind turbines, Egon visited among others Erik Grove-Nielsen of Økær Vind Energi and Preben Maegaard of NIVE. Egon later told that he had good advice from Preben Maegaard, and - if you take a closer look at the NIVE nacelle drawings at right, you will notice similarities to the later Danregn Vindkraft turbine. (BONUS)
The Bonus turbine did not derive directly from the grassroot scene, like Vestas did, but Danregn Vindkraft clearly was inspired by the NIVE design, and Preben Maegaards ideas.
Download a pdf file with the first proposal, by clicking the picture at right: "NIVE MØLLEN".