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.

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

Andreas Rettenmeier, ZSW

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


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 – 05.2020

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