Technologies for the energy transition

Wind energy research

Wind energy is already the second largest source of power in Germany and makes up the largest proportion of power supplied from renewable sources. In 2022, a quarter of the country's power was generated from wind energy. Germany's onshore wind turbines currently produce an output of almost 60 gigawatts. By the end of 2030, this should almost double to 115 gigawatts. This requires a greater quantity of turbines, the use of advanced technologies, improved wind farm operation, and grid-friendly integration into the energy system. DLR's research contributes significantly to making wind energy more efficient, economical and quieter, and thus increasing its societal acceptance.

The wind energy research conducted at DLR is noteworthy for its interdisciplinary and cross-departmental approach. It benefits from considerable expertise and exchange, particularly from the field of aeronautics. It also emphasises close cooperation with partners from industry and research that enables rapid technology transfer to practical applications. In this way, DLR is helping to maintain and consolidate the strong position of the German and European wind power industry. Unique large-scale research facilities such as DLR's WiValdi wind energy research farm enable full-scale research under realistic operating conditions.

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Denise Nüssle

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Dr.-Ing. Jan Teßmer

Head of DLR Wind Energy Experiments Facility
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Wind Energy Experiments
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