BMU Research Project “KonTest”: Creating a Design for a Wind Energy Test Site in Mountainous Complex Terrain

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Only recently “KonTest“, the second WindForS research project funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, has been launched. The main purpose of the two-year collaborative project is to design a wind test site in southern Germany and to find a test site location in Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria. The project results will subsequently be used in setting up a wind test site in complex mountainous terrain. In addition to meteorological masts, one or two research wind turbines of the 600-900 KW class with rotor diameters of about 40 – 80 m will be installed. These will be used to prepare, test and validate new technologies in terms of materials, design methods, aerodynamics, load monitoring, noise reduction, manufacturing engineering, operation management, measurement tools and techniques as well as monitoring. Further research will focus on energy storage and grid integration. Taking into account the experiences gained in, among others, the “alpha ventus” offshore project, issues of landscape aesthetics and ecology are seen as of vital importance and will therefore play an important part in designing the test site as well as in its operation.

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