“Excellent research in the field of wind energy” – this is what Lower Saxony’s Minister President Stephan Weil attested today to ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen. Weil was a guest on Oldenburg’s university campus to learn about the research infrastructure located here together with SPD state parliament members Hanna Naber and Ulf Prange and SPD member of the Bundestag Dennis Rohde. The Turbulence and Wind Energy Systems Laboratory (WindLab), whose centerpiece is a unique turbulence wind tunnel, was inspected. The facility makes it possible to reproduce and analyze the interaction of realistic turbulent wind flows on the one hand and wind turbines and farms on the other in the laboratory.
“Wind energy is not only an absolutely crucial issue for Lower Saxony, its expansion is also of national interest. In order to be able to exploit the potential, we are significantly dependent on the findings of wind energy research. The University of Oldenburg, together with its partners, has been setting standards in this area for many years. This has a positive effect on the entire state,” the Minister President emphasized during his visit.
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.