University wind energy research
ForWind bundles wind energy research in the Northwest and connects 30 institutes and working groups from the universities of Oldenburg, Hannover and Bremen. ForWind thus forms a research network that is unique in Germany and covers a broad spectrum of scientific topics. Research focuses on engineering, physics and meteorology, computer science and economics.
ForWind was founded in 2003 with the support of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK). Since then, wind energy research at the universities of Oldenburg and Hannover has been combined in ForWind. In 2009, the University of Bremen joined as a new partner, allowing ForWind to once again significantly expand its research spectrum. In 2017, the ForWind WindLab with the turbulent wind tunnel was opened at the Oldenburg site. The WindLab is also home to the ForWind office. ForWind continues to be funded by the MWK.
ForWind is responsible for the EFZN research line Wind at the Energy Research Center Lower Saxony ( EFZN ). The EFZN is a joint scientific center of the universities of Braunschweig, Clausthal, Göttingen, Hannover and Oldenburg.
Together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES), ForWind forms the Research Association for Wind Energy (FVWE).
ForWind brings the findings from basic research to industry through application-oriented projects. In addition to providing scientific support for industrially oriented projects, ForWind offers the first academic continuing education program in Germany specifically for the wind energy sector in the form of a continuing education course in wind energy technology and management.