NearWake research project

Project title: NearWake – Modeling for the near wake



The NearWake project creates the conditions for maximum efficient land use of wind energy for new and existing wind farms in Germany, especially for repowering, by improving knowledge of the close wake of wind turbines and its simulation capability, thus advancing the state of the art for the planning and operation of closely spaced wind farms. It provides a boost for the expansion path up to 2035. The project has the challenging task of building a bridge from basic research into the physics of the near wake through modeling to the first prototypes for application. Experimental and numerical research contributions of varying degrees of detail and representativeness generate a unique database for modeling and validation on the basis of the WiValdi research wind farm. Reliable models are being developed for inflow, turbulence and loads in the near wake, the physical processes of which are not yet fully understood or mapped in the industrial process chain. The new models lead to the creation and evaluation of initial prototypes for further scientific and industrial utilization.

Content and Methodology:

The sub-project of the University of Oldenburg is dedicated to researching a simplified stochastic model for the near wake. Wind field measurements are processed and classified for this purpose and used together with numerical data from large-eddy simulations for model development and validation.


  • Project type: Joint project
  • Term: 2024 – 2026
  • Financing: Funding by BMWK
  • Research partners: TU Munich, ZSW Stuttgart, DLR, WRD Wobben Research & Develpoment GmbH


Jan Friedrich
University of Oldenburg
Institute of Physics – ForWind
Küpkersweg 70
D-26129 Oldenburg

Tel: +49 (0)441 / 798-5053
Fax: +49 (0)441 / 798-5099

More information

NearWake project at EnArgus (with information on project partners)