The project partners Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, the Technical University of Munich, fos4X GmbH and eno energy systems GmbH are developing of new control methods to improve the flow conditions in wind farms. Over the next three years, these will be tested in depth, not only in computer simulations but also in pilot tests. These will take place in a wind tunnel and outside in free-field experiments in the Kirch Muslow wind farm in the north-eastern German province of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The starting point was provided by the results of the predecessor project "CompactWind", which already proved that the unwanted wake flow can be deflected. This was achieved e.g. by slightly rotating the turbines away from the direction of the wind. In future, a wind field monitoring device, like the one tested by the Technical University of Munich as part of the project, could predict whether and where such a flow will hit the rotor blade of a wind turbine. To do this, the monitoring device can draw on the operating data from the turbines, while fibre-optic blade sensors and laser-optic lidar measuring devices complete the data that is being collected.

With the help of the results of the project launched in October 2018 and funded until September 2021, it will be possible to make the operation of wind farms more cost-effective and efficient in future.