WINSENT AND WINSENT-BW​: Developing a wind energy test facility in complex terrain


The WINSENT project is divided into three sub-projects:

  • The detailed characterization of the research facility’s micro climate and meteorology,
  • The preparation and modification of the wind turbines,
  • The construction and operation of the test site.


See the WINSENT weather page for recent conditions at the site.


WINSENT and WINSENT-BW are lead by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

For more information about TremAc, please contact Andreas Rettenmeier at ZSW


  • Complex terrain, complex computing (29/09/2020)
    Modelling wind over complex terrain is one of the great challenges for the wind energy community. It’s also a great challenge for the high performance computing infrastructure that supports it. Find out more about the simulation work that WindForS members at KIT, Hochschule Esslingen, and the University of Stuttgart are doing to support the development of ...
  • WINSENT Project clears planning hurdle (15/06/2020)
    The WindForS WINSENT project to build a wind energy research facility on the Swabian Alb has cleared a major hurdle: at the beginning of June 2020, the Göppingen District Office granted approval to the project in accordance with the Federal Immission Control Act (the German “Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz”). The complex approval procedure included a review of all relevant environmental issues and involved ...
  • The importance of forest drag for wind power applications in complex terrain (30/01/2020)
    WindForS was founded to investigate the effect of complex, hilly terrain on wind energy. In this research update, Dr. Daniel Leukauf from KIT IMK-IFU shares the results of research he carried out in the WINSENT project.
  • WINSENT Weather Data Updates (11/10/2018)
    We now have two 100-m tall meteorological masts measuring the atmospheric conditions at the WINSENT test site.
  • WINSENT Project Meeting at ZSW (8/10/2018)
    About twenty five of us met today to share updates on recent progress within the WINSENT project. Hosted by the project leaders ZSW, we heard news from the three work packages that make up the WINSENT project. These meetings happen every couple of months and allow us all to keep up to date with this project.
  • The WINSENT diary (13/02/2018)
    Starting this month, we’ll be posting regular updates about what’s been happening at the WINSENT test field. You can find all of the news and updates here.
  • ZSW and S&G Engineering Join Forces to Set Up Wind Power Field-Test Site (15/12/2017)
    From ZSW: S&G Engineering GmbH and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hy-drogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) have agreed to col-laborate with a deal clinched at this year’s German wind energy conference DEWEK and the WindEurope Exhibition in Amster-dam. S&G experts will share their insight into SG750.54-type wind turbines to help ZSW build a field-test site to ...
  • Flow Modelling at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences (5/12/2017)
    In the November 2017 edition of the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences’ Spektrum magazine, there’s an article by Professor Hermann Knaus about his work with WindForS, particularly about modeling winds at the complex terrain test site. Spektrum is published by the University of Esslingen and provides updates about research, teaching, events, and people. It gives a view ...
  • 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 ...
  • Double Hill Experiment: ZSW and SWE Measure Wind Flows for New European Wind Atlas (18/07/2017)
    From ZSW: Two WindForS members – the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and Stuttgart Wind Energy (SWE), an endowed chair at the University of Stuttgart – successfully wrapped up a field campaign to collect meteorological data for the New European Wind Atlas. The two institutes’ scientists teamed up for six weeks to gather information ...
  • 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 ...


All of the WindForS members at the following institutions participate in WINSENT.




Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

  • Project number 0324129A-F
  • Project duration 12.2016 – 9.2021

Funded by the Ministry for Environment, Climate, and Energy of Baden-Württemberg