KONTEST

Planning and design of a wind energy test site in complex terrain in southern Germany

On the basis of the results of the planning and design process, a wind test site with one or two turbines of the 600-900 KW class is intended to be built.

  • The test site 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. Issues of landscape aesthetics and ecology are also taken into account in the planning and design process and will play an important part once the test site is in operation.

The project was lead by Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE) at the University of Stuttgart.

Professor Dr. Po Wen Cheng.

  • WindForS at Windenergie Messe Offenburg (16/11/2017) Andrew Clifton and Hermann Knaus presented the WindFors research platform at the Offenburg Windenergie Messe on November 16.
  • IEA Wind Task 32 Workshop on Using Lidar in Complex Terrain (13/11/2017) Using wind lidar in complex terrain isn’t easy. The systems work well, but there isn’t much in the way of standards and not a lot of experience outside of research applications. Masts and towers are still popular. So, how can we leverage the strengths of wind lidar in complex terrain, and mitigate the challenges? These and …
  • Search for Wind Test Site Location Announced (28/07/2014) Within the framework of the KonTest project, which is funded by the Federal Economics Ministry, a test site for wind turbines in complex-mountainous terrain is designed. The institutes involved in the project and the WindForS office have now finalized the announcement for the proposed flagship project. The announcement text offers detailed information for interested municipalities …
  • BMU Research Project “KonTest”: Creating a Design for a Wind Energy Test Site in Mountainous Complex Terrain (1/11/2013) 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 …

Partners

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  • Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE)
  • Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics (IAG)
  • Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)
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  • Chair of Structural Analysis (LST)
  • Associate Professorship of Landscape Architecture and Regional Open Space (LAREG)
  • Wind Energy Institute
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  • Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK)
  • Institute of Soil Mechanics and Rock Mechanics (IBF)
  • Dpt. of Steel and Light Alloy Construction (VAKA)
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  • Center for Applied Geoscience (ZAG), Environmental Physics
  • Physical Geography with focus on Geographic Information Systems
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Funding

KONTEST was funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy:

  • Project number 0325656A-D
  • Project duration 01.11.2013 – 30.09.2015
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