The research wind farm (WiValdi) is operated by the Wind Energy Experiments facility of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at its Braunschweig site. WiValdi is located in Krummendeich and is currently being constructed.
DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. We conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation.
The German Space Agency at DLR plans and implements the national space programme on behalf of the Federal Government. Two DLR project management agencies oversee funding programmes and support knowledge transfer.
Climate, mobility and technology are changing globally. DLR uses the expertise of its 55 research institutes and facilities to develop solutions for these challenges. We have over 10,000 employees who share a common mission – to explore Earth and space and develop technologies for a sustainable future. In doing so, we contribute to strengthening Germany’s position as a prime location for research and industry.
The Braunschweig Wind Energy Experiments (WX) facility is a young, growing organisational unit founded as part of the continuation of wind energy research by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). WX coordinates the research of the institutes working in this field. This involves close cooperation with the Institute of Aeroelasticity, the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology, the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems, the Institute of Flight Systems and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. The WX facility will also partner with and support the research projects of external research bodies and industry.
In addition to coordinating tasks at DLR, WX, in collaboration with the Research Alliance Wind Energy, will provide DLR and its partners with a unique research infrastructure in the form of the Krummendeich Research Wind Farm.
The Research Alliance Wind Energy, founded in 2013, combines the know-how of more than 600 scientists and generates groundbreaking stimulus for the energy supply of the future. The three partners – German Aerospace Center (DLR), ForWind – the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen and Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (Fraunhofer IWES) – are able to successfully carry out major long-term and strategically important projects, thanks to their manpower and strong ties to major industry players, politics and research institutions.
This wide basis of expertise supports the German wind energy industry in asserting its leadership in engineering and its competitiveness on an international level. The community of the research alliance has an international charisma and opens up synergies for upcoming major projects in the wind industry, which is increasingly making its processes more commercially oriented.
The Research Wind Farm in Krummendeich is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK).