Relevant questions of wind energy: understanding of wind physics and turbulence
The success of the wind energy industry as a sustainable energy supply for future society relies among other things on the understanding of wind physics and of its turbulence structures. Tackling such a challenge requires knowledge and experience in both measurement techniques and numerical simulations. A further challenge for the coming generations of scientists and engineers lies in the need for linking the current understanding of wind physics and the results of the latest researches in this field to the design and control strategies applied to wind energy converters and wind farms. As these questions become increasingly important in the rapidly evolving wind energy industry, the need for specialists in this field is increasing.
The Wind Physics track in brief: the best education of two universities
The Wind Physics track offers a unique high-class education. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UniOl) have both a long history of research and education in the wind energy field, as well as in wind physics and turbulence, and they offer a wide variety of basic and advanced courses on those subjects. The best courses from both universities are combined in the Wind Physics track in order to provide a higher education on the current research questions of wind energy and to prepare the students to their future career in this sector, either in research or industry.
Profile of the Wind Physics graduate:
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics aspects of wind energy from a theoretical as well as experimental point of view
- Knowledge of the governing concepts of meteorology and understanding of the mechanisms responsible for winds in the atmosphere, of the atmospheric boundary layer and of the phenomena associated with its development
- Ability to model and analyse the interaction between topography, atmospheric boundary layer and energy yield as well as the interaction of atmospheric boundary layer and wind farms, including wake effects
- Mastery of atmospheric turbulence and of its impact on the loading of structures in relation to the design of wind turbines
- Ability to apply advanced flow measurement techniques and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools both on an engineering basis and on a fundamental one
- Practical knowledge of field measurements and high-performance computations
- Ability to perform site assessments and predictions of wind energy yield
Job opportunities for Wind Physics graduates
- Fluid dynamics and wind energy research institutes
- Meteorology agencies
- Wind energy industry
- Engineering consultancy companies
Research institutes at DTU and UO
- Forwind – Center for Wind Energy Research (www.forwind.de)
- Energy Meteorology group (http://www.energy-meteorology.de)
- TWiSt – Turbulence, Wind Energy and Stochastics group (http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/twist/)
- Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, project group Aerodynamics and CFD (http://www.iwes.fraunhofer.de/en/abteilungen/turbine-simulation-software-development-and-aerodynamics/aerodynamics-and-cfd.html)
Check out more about the courses you have to follow and which ones can be chosen as electives.