[ Askov Residential Folk High Schol and La Cour's experimental mill]

Askov Residential Folk High Schol and La Cour's experimental mill

Askov Folk High School was founded in 1865 as a continuation of Rødding Folk High School, Denmark's first folk high school, which became homeless after Denmark's defeat after the Second War of Schleswig in 1864. The school gained its special look when the expanded folk high school was opened in 1878. The focus of the schooling, which lasted several years, was on natural science. Both men and women were welcome at the extended folk high school. And now that it was larger, the folk high school also attracted more highly qualified teachers. One employee in particular, scientist and inventor Poul la Cour, had a special impact. Askov Folk High School, once the flagship of the Danish folk high school movement, had its heyday from the late 19th century until the end of the 1960s.

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Poul la Cour was fascinated by the idea of converting wind energy into electricity. In the 1890s, he carried out a series of pioneering experiments in the field of wind power. The experiments involved two prototype mills that were built with state subsidies in conjunction with Askov Folk High School. La Cour was the first in the world to use hydrogen as a source of energy. The experiments were intended to accelerate the electrification of rural areas and thereby prevent urban migration. In the first two decades of the 20th century, the prototype mills played an active role in clean energy, as they were used to teach short courses for owners and operators of small power plants and longer three-month courses for rural electricians.

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