• 2019
    • ForWind at the HUSUM Wind
      Together with ForWind organizes the workshop "Qualified for Wind Energy - Requirements and Offers". The workshop will be offered at the Windcareer, the leading job fair for the wind industry, on Friday, 13 September 2019, at the HUSUM Wind. Companies such as ENERCON, Deutsche Windtechnik and GPJoule will provide insights into their working environment and study and education courses in wind energy will be presented.
    • Continuing Studies Programme: Apply now
      Prospective students can apply for the Continuing Studies Programme Wind Energy Technology and Management (“Windstudium”) of the Center for Wind Energy Research (ForWind) at the University of Oldenburg until 4 September. The part-time course provides interdisciplinary knowledge on technology, economics, law and project planning in the wind energy sector at master degree level.
      © ForWind, Universität Oldenburg
    • New European Wind Atlas published
      Scientists from all over Europe have completed the New European Wind Atlas in the NEWA research project. Together with their European project partners, ForWind scientists have worked on developing and validating new methods for the assessment of wind conditions with the aim of supporting the identification of optimal sites for new wind farm projects. The completed wind atlas was presented to the German national wind industry in the scope of the final NEWA stakeholder event in Hanover on July 2, 2019.
      © Jakob Mann
    • Wind Physics Symposium
      How can the planning, operation and monitoring of wind farms be further optimized? The "Wind Physics Symposium 2019" on 5 July at the WindLab in Oldenburg dealt with these questions and the associated physical processes. ForWind presented current research results in the fields of "Wind resource and wind farm effects", "Control of wind turbines and wind parks" and "Experimental and numerical research on wind turbines".
    • Successful Windstudium Alumni seminar
      More than 80 graduates, students, lecturers and guests came together in the WindLab at ForWind for this year's alumni seminar of the Continuing Studies Programme Wind Energy Technology and Management (“Windstudium”). After a guided tour through the large wind tunnel, lectures by Henk Lagerweij (Lagerwey) and Dr. Sascha Schröder (EWE) offered numerous ideas for intensive discussions on the future of wind energy technology and the market for renewable energies. Afterwards interested participants had the opportunity to inform themselves about the wind studies programme and to talk to lecturers, alumni and students.
    • BIMAQ provides software for measuring the flow around rotor blades
      The ForWind member BIMAQ (Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science) has now handed over the "Transition Finder" software to Deutsche WindGuard GmbH. It is the result of a joint development for the aerodynamic optimization of rotor blades. These are image-processing algorithms for thermographic imaging to visualize the flow around rotor blades. Data from measurement campaigns in the large wind tunnel in Varel and in the freefield were included in the development.
      © Deutsche WindGuard
    • New ForWind member and newly elected Executive Board Spokesman
      At the meeting of the ForWind Executive Board on March 14, 2019, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Karl Peissig, Leibniz Universität Hannover, was welcomed as a new member. Peissig is head of the department "Communication Systems" at the Institute of Communications Technology. At the meeting of the Executive Board, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Schaumann was elected as the new spokesman of the board and Prof. Dr. Joachim Peinke as the 2nd spokesman. The Executive Board would like to thank Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben, the former spokesman of the Executive Board.
    • Ground-Breaking Materials for Rotor Blades
      In the joint project HANNAH, ForWind scientists from the Leibniz University Hannover and their project partners are developing and testing new materials for wind turbine rotor blades. The promising potential of nano-modified materials and hybrid laminates for industrial applications in rotor blade construction will be investigated in order to extend the service life of rotor blades. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has provided 3.3 million euros of funding for the collaborative project, which launched in March 2019.
    • New model wave flume at ForWind Hanover
      On February 19th a model wave flume was inaugurated at the Forschungszentrum Küste in Hannover. The flume on a scale of 1:10 is a model of the Large Wave Flume in its future expansion level. It can be used to generate currents and waves at the same time. Thus ForWind scientists will be able to study the interaction between both and the simultaneous loading on support structures for offshore wind turbines by these two factors. The construction of the model wave flume as well as the upcoming extension of the Large Wave Flume will take place in the research project "marTech" in cooperation with Leibniz Universität Hannover and Technische Universität Braunschweig.
      © Michael Matthey, Leibniz Universität Hannover
    • German Design Award – Award for the WindLab Oldenburg
      The ForWind research laboratory for turbulence and wind energy systems of the University of Oldenburg is among this year's winners of the renowned "German Design Award". At the awards ceremony last Friday in Frankfurt, the German Design Council honored the architects hammeskrause architekten in Stuttgart. For the design of the WindLab, they received the "Special Mention" award in the architecture category.
      © J. Puczylowski, ForWind, Universität Oldenburg
    • New composition of the ForWind Advisory Board
      ForWind welcomes the new members of the ForWind Advisory Board. At the meeting on 8 January 2019, the Advisory Board in its new composition elected Matthias Schubert as its new Chairman. The members of the Executive Board as well as Dr. Martin Mehrtens, Chancellor of the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Meinhard Simon, Vice-President for Research and Transfer at the University of Oldenburg, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Wriggers, Vice-President for Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover, also attended the meeting.
    • Better protection for wind turbine components
      Defective frequency converters in wind turbines cause damage running into millions annually due to repair costs and downtimes. In the BMWi-funded project ReCoWind researchers want to find out which influencing factors trigger defects and which processes take place until the power electronics component fails. Next to operators and manufacturers of turbines, ForWind scientists from Hanover and Bremen are involved in the project as well as researcher from Fraunhofer IWES.
      © Fraunhofer IWES
  • 2018
    • SmartBlades2: Field measurement campaign in Colorado begins
      Three innovative rotor blades that were developed within the context of the SmartBlades2 project will be assessed under natural weather and wind conditions in Boulder, Colorado (USA), over the next four months. One of the aims of the measurement campaign is to determine how well the rotor blades designed with bend-twist coupling are capable of effectively reducing peak loads in the case of highly variable wind speeds. ForWind's SpinnerLidar measuring device provides data on wind conditions during the measurement campaign.
      © Lee Jay Fingersh, NREL54220
    • Higher energy yield from wind farms
      The Center for Wind Energy Research (ForWind) is partner in the joint project "CompactWind II", which will receive a total of 1.4 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) over the next three years. The project aims to minimize the negative wake effects in wind parks in order to increase energy yield and reduce loads. This would allow more output to be achieved while maintaining the same base area of the wind farm. The project started in December 2018.
      © Stephan Voß, ForWind
    • Ensuring the Stability of Offshore Support Structures in the North Sea
      ForWind scientists from Leibniz University Hannover are investigating the load-bearing characteristics of wind turbines and wind farm platforms in the research project GREAM. Support structures for offshore wind turbines and wind farm platforms are constantly affected by wind and waves. Particularly in the installation phase, strong swell can become a major problem when the concrete with which the foundation piles and the load-bearing structures are connected hardens.
      © Siemens AG
    • ForWind at the WindEnergy Hamburg
      At the WindEnergy 2018, which took place from 25 to 28 September in Hamburg, the three partners ForWind, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) presented the latest research and developments from the Wind Energy Research Alliance at a joint stand. A total of 1,482 exhibitors from 40 countries presented themselves at the exhibition. WindEnergy welcomed around 35,000 visitors from 100 countries, with 45 percent of the visitors coming from abroad.
    • New Wind Atlas for wind farms in Europe
      Where does enough wind blow for a wind farm? As part of the international NEWA research project, scientists from ForWind and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, together with their European colleagues, have launched simulations for the new European Wind Atlas. The atlas is intended to provide an accurate picture of the European wind energy potential and help in the search for optimal locations for new wind farms.
      © Andrea Hahmann, Technische Universität Dänemark
    • Deformation of wind turbines by turbulence
      Together with colleagues from the Jade University, ForWind scientists will investigate how wind turbines deform by turbulence. The research project "TurbuMetric - Optical 3D Measurement Techniques for the Detection of Dynamic Fluid-Structure Interactions in Turbulent Wind Environments" will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of approximately 1.3 million euros for a period of three years.

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