From 12-13 November 2013, the Endowed Chair of Wind Energy of Stuttgart University (SWE) was host to an expert meeting on “Wind energy in complex terrain”. The meeting was organized in cooperation with CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre (Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables) and is part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) “Wind Task 11”.
25 representatives of industry and the research community from all over the world, including the US, Japan and Canada, took part in the meeting. Several WindForS members seized the opportunity to present their work. Thus there was a talk on the BMU project “Lidar Complex” by SWE of University of Stuttgart, ZAG of University of Tübingen presented results obtained by UAV and the IMK of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology reported on Sodar measurements. Further topics were CFD simulations (USTUTT-IAG), wind tunnel measurements (TUM-WEI) and landscaping aspects of wind energy use (TUM-LAREG). There was a lively exchange between participants, current research and data from industry was presented. Participants also defined areas where further research was needed to improve wind energy use in complex terrain.