EAWE PhD Seminar
The future of wind energy was the main focus of the PhD Seminar of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) where more than 110 postgraduates from all over Europe met at the University of Stuttgart from September 23-25.
Professor Alfred Kleusberg, former Vice Rector for Teaching and Education, welcomed the participants. In his speech, Kleusberg referred to the long tradition of wind energy research at the University of Stuttgart. The establishing of the Endowed Chair of Wind Energy in 2004 continues this tradition (since 2010 Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE) under the lead of Prof. Dr. Po Wen Cheng).
The PhD Seminar offers a platform for young scientists where they can present their own research activities and maintain professional exchange. They can also benefit from the experience of renowned experts and pioneers of wind energy. New concepts in wind energy, measurement of wind velocity in front of a wind energy plant by means of Lidar technology, control technology for wind energy plants and wind parks, as well as the optimization of energy yield were the key issues of the PhD Seminar.
Keynote lectures by prominent representatives from science and industry brought the postgraduates in contact with further issues of wind energy. Examples of this are the influence of renewable energies on the electricity market, the importance of acceptance at the project planning stage and the role of innovations for the reduction of energy generation costs. Special highlights were the presentations by Bonnie Ram (DTU Wind Energy Department, Denmark) and Henrik Stiesdal, former technical manager at Siemens Wind Power and a pioneer of the modern wind energy industry.
One of the PhD Seminar’s traditions is the award of the best doctoral thesis in wind energy. This year Emmanuel Branlard of DTU in Denmark was honored for his contribution to the further development of Vortex methods.The PhD Seminar was sponsored by the Karl Schlecht Foundation, EAWE, GE and Enercon.
Professor Allgöwer wins IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award
The 12th DEWEK Wind Energy Conference took place in Bremen on 19 and 20 May. WindForS was present with an exhibition stand and various scientific publications. Scientists from a number of WindForS institutes held lectures and presented posters. These institutes included the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics (IAG), Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE), both affiliated with Stuttgart University, the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Wind Energy Institute of TU München and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg.
Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Po Wen Cheng (SWE), Prof. Dr. Stefan Emeis (KIT) and Andreas Rettenmeier of WindForS served on the Scientific Committee of the conference and as session chairmen.
Several posters and an animated video informed visitors at the stand about the planned test site. A scaled test site model also attracted numerous visitors.
Environment Minister Franz Untersteller visits Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics
On March 18, 2015, Baden-Württemberg Environment Minister Franz Untersteller and Nikolaus Tschenk, member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg, visited the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics (Institut für Aerodynamik und Gasdynamik – IAG) on the University’s Vaihingen campus. They were accompanied by Professor Wolfgang Ressel, Rector of the University. Mr Untersteller and Mr Tschenk were especially interested in wind energy research activities and visited the gust wind tunnel, the laminar wind tunnel and the wind tunnel for boundary-layer research. These wind tunnels are used to test wind turbines, to design and dimension new and modern airfoils for turbine rotors and to investigate flows for different kinds of landscape models.
Later on Professor Ewald Krämer and Dr. Thorsten Lutz talked about the IAG's wind energy research activities. Professor Krzysztof Rudion of the Institute of Power Transmission and High Voltage Technology (Institut für Energieübertragung und Hochspannungstechnik – IEH) and Professor Po Wen Cheng of the Stuttgart Wind Energy Chair (Stuttgarter Lehrstuhl für Windenergie – SWE) held talks on grid integration of renewable energies and wind energy in Baden-Württemberg. The IAG, IEH and SWE are all founding members of WindForS – the Southern German Wind Energy Research Cluster whose office is also located on the University’s Vaihingen Campus. The other WindForS institutes at the University of Stuttgart as well as the competencies of the whole cluster were the subject of an overview lecture held by Andreas Rettenmeier. Mr Rettenmeier also talked about the current status of the wind energy test site planned by the WindForS partners to be erected in southern Germany. A video on the test site and a test site model illustrated these plans. The test site is meant to serve as a testing platform for research and industry. Its design is currently being elaborated in a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.