EU EFRE-NRW Förderung

Smart Windpark Laboratory

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With the Paris Agreement in 2015, the German Federal Government has acknowledged the global challenges of climate change and made the commitment to contribute to an environment-friendly electricity supply by decarbonization. A sustainable solution can only be achieved by utilizing renewable energy sources. Due to the technological advances, wind power plants are one of the promising technologies to deal with the social challenges of climate change and contribute to a secure and reliable energy supply.

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis, in this project, the first stage of the research infrastructure “Smart Windpark Laboratory” (SWiPLab) will be conceptualized, build up and validated with the main objective to allow new investigations for an application-oriented research in the field of wind energy.

The planned research infrastructure SWiPLab complements existing research expertise in the field of wind energy at Ruhr University Bochum by a modular and flexible laboratory. In its first stage, the SWiPLab-concept comprises of a laboratory-scale wind farm including the interconnected power network. In addition to the laboratory-concept, real-time capable super computer systems emulate the wind rotor as well as aerodynamic conditions within the wind farm to allow investigations under controlled and reproducible conditions.

The main investigation objectives will be focusing on the mutual impacts of Wind Energy Converters (WEC) in the wind farm as well as the interaction of the overall wind farm with the interconnected power network. Contrary to other funded projects which focus on large individual WEC systems or individual optimization of single components, SWiPLab’s basic approach is to pursue a holistic and system-wide investigation: The analysis, test and optimization of individual WEC components, WEC and wind farm control and management systems are conducted considering interactions of all components in the electromechanical drivetrain as well as interactions between each WEC in variable grid structures.

Project information

Project budget approx. EUR 4 million
Start Nov. 2017
Duration 36 months

Associated Partners

  • Fraunhofer Institute forLogo Assoziierte Partner
    Wind Energy Systems (IWES)
  • Avasition GmbH

This project is funded by the European Union and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the frame of the funding competition “Forschungsinfrastrukturen” using funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 “Investment in growth and employment”.


Three-dimensional Wind Model

A three-dimensional wind model has been developed to emulate the complex aerodynamic conditions within wind farms.

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Strong Partnership for Optimal Wind Power

To research wind power conversion systems a laboratory-scale wind park will be build in Bochum, Germany. Now, one milestone has been achieved.

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Invitation SWiPLab-Workshop

Workshop on Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 9 am, Ruhr-University Bochum

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Logo Enesys

Johnny Chhor, M.Sc.