Since the 1980s, Oldenburg University follows a strong tradition in wind energy research and teaching, and pools its strengths in ForWind, the joint Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hannover and Bremen.
Oldenburg’s 80 scientists in the field of wind energy are focusing on the subject of wind physics, i.e. the fundamental understanding of atmospheric flow and turbulence and its interaction with wind turbines, wind farms and energy systems on various temporal and spatial scales. This integrated approach involves fundamental as well as applied research leading to innovative design of wind energy systems. Major research infrastructure includes a supercomputer with more than 2.000 cores, wind tunnels and field measurement equipment dedicated to wind energy.
ForWind has been established in 2003 and is headquartered at UniOL. ForWind and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have established a strategic alliance to act as a national centre for wind energy research in Germany. The 430 employees and researchers and the 35 institutes and departments provide a unique range from fundamental to applied research on almost all techno-economical aspects of wind energy. Fraunhofer IWES and the University of Hannover are associated partners in the EWEM consortium. Moreover, IWES’ department “Computational Fluid and System Dynamics” (CFSD) is located at UniOL.visit website