Pragmatic Wind Modeling: Aligning Research in Germany and Switzerland

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Computer models allow us to estimate the winds across wind energy plants before and after construction. They are vital tools for wind farm design and operation, but are expensive to run and have a significant learning curve. And accuracy can vary quite a bit, too.

So how do you choose the right model? How do you find the right combination of time, effort, and accuracy for a wind energy application?

These are the questions that a group of researchers and industry partners in Switzerland and Germany are setting out to answer. Two projects have been funded separately – one in Switzerland, and another in Germany – but with the express aim of cross-border collaboration. The projects were enabled by the WindForS office.

  • The German project is led by the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and will be carried out in collaboration with Stadtwerk Tübingen. The project is funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).
  • The Swiss project is led by the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil in collaboration with Meteotest AG in Bern. The project is funded by the Swiss Federal Office for Energy (BFE), ewzEnerconADEV, and BKW Energie.

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