press reports


September 1, 2014


New WindForS project “VORKAST“ launched


Short term forecasts of wind and photovoltaics output are important parameters for an optimal operation of combined renewable energy power plants. For this reason, several WindFors partners submitted a proposal for a research project on this topic to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The proposal was approved and the VORKAST project launched on September 1, 2014. Within the next three years, the VORKAST-Consortium, made up of the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden Württemberg (ZSW – Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg), the Stuttgarter Lehrstuhl für Windenergie (SWE – Stuttgart Wind Energy) and a wind energy project developer, will develop short term forecasts with high temporal resolution (wind and photovoltaics) for the time range of 0 to 60 minutes. These short term forecasts, together with operational prognoses of wind and PV feed-in as well as of load, serve as input parameters for the P2IONEER model developed by the ZSW. P2IONEER optimizes a virtual power plant on the basis of renewable energy and storage technologies. In addition to an improved design and operation of combined renewable energy power plants, P2IONEER makes possible an economical use of energy storage facilities. After developing and testing the new processes, an online test of several months duration with real wind and PV plants will be carried out at a test site where plant operators and regional energy suppliers will be involved as well.



July 28, 2014


Search for wind test site location announced


Within the framework of the KonTest project, which is funded by the Federal Economics Ministry, a test site for wind turbines in complex-mountainous terrain is designed. The institutes involved in the project and the WindForS office have now finalized the announcement for the proposed flagship project. The announcement text offers detailed information for interested municipalities and states the criteria for the test site location, the search for a suitable location and the equipment to be deployed. The announcement has been transmitted to more than 3.500 municipalities, cities and regional associations in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Local authorities are asked to communicate potential sites to the WindForS office within the next two-and-a-half months. These will then be evaluated as the next step in the project.

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June 15, 2014


Three institutes join WindForS Cluster


Membership of three more institutes from TU München and the University of Stuttgart helps to increasingly round off WindForS’ portfolio. These institutes include the Institute of Applied Mechanics of TUM and the Institute of Applied and Experimental Mechanics as well as the Materials Testing Institute of Stuttgart University. The new members complement and enhance WindForS’ fields of competence. The Materials Testing Institute, for instance, besides working on other wind-energy related topics, is capable of carrying out long-term tests on large structures (tower segments, piles, grout joints) with lengths of up to 32 m.