“Lidar complex“ Research Project

Development of LIDAR technologies for detecting wind field structures with regard to optimising wind energy use in mountainous-complex terrain

Funding authority


  • Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)



Project number


  • 0325519





  • Universität Stuttgart
    • Stuttgarter Lehrstuhl für Windenergie (SWE) – University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE)
    • Institut für Aerodynamik und Gasdynamik (IAG) – University of Stuttgart, Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics (IAG)
    • Institut für Flugzeugbau (IFB) – University of Stuttgart, Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB)
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
    • Zentrum für angewandte Geowissenschaften (ZAG), Arbeitsgruppe Umweltphysik – University of Tübingen, Department of Geosciences, Applied Geosciences, Work Group Environmental Physics (ZAG)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    • Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK-IFU) – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK)



Further partners


  • Fördergesellschaft Windenergie und andere Erneuerbare Energien (FGW e.V.) – Federation of German Windpower and other Renewable Energies
  • Kenersys GmbH



Goal of the project


  • Development of procedures for Lidar measurements in topographically complex terrain
  • Development and validation of wind field models for complex terrain
  • Measurement and analysis of the special wind conditions and turbulent structures in complex terrain
  • Validation of models and measurement methods for complex terrain at a location compliant with IEC standards
  • Simulation of flow in complex terrain and of the interaction between wind flow and turbine, support through lidar measurements, comparison of simulation results with wind tunnel measurements on terrain model and with in-situ measurements.
  • Applying the comprehensive wind field measurement and simulation data to predict power performance and load behaviour of wind turbines using a generic turbine model



  • 01.10.2012 – 30.06.2016



Project coordinator


  • Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Lehrstuhl für Windenergie (SWE) – University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE)


Funding authority