Current project: OpenRAVE
|Funding:||Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)|
|Duration:||02/2020 – 01/2025|
- alpha ventus is Germany’s oldest offshore wind farm, having commenced operations in 2010.
- As a test site, it was an essential component of German research into offshore wind energy use from the word go. Fraunhofer IWES began coordinating the research activities in the “Research at alpha ventus” (RAVE) research initiative in 2007 and will continue to do so until at least 2025.
- The primary goal in this respect is the networking of ongoing research projects with each other and the participating industry.
2010 was a special year for the offshore wind energy sector in Germany: the first wind farm, the alpha ventus test site, commenced operations. The research sector has been strongly involved right from the development stage of the test site and Fraunhofer IWES (formerly ISET) has already been coordinating the scientific activities of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s (BMWi’s) “Research at alpha ventus” (RAVE) research initiative since May 2007.
The main research areas have evolved considerably over the years. When the RAVE initiative was first launched, the focus was still on proving the offshore suitability of the 5 MW turbine generation, its further development, and investigating open questions regarding offshore wind energy use and the development of the research potential in Germany. All of these targets have now been achieved. At the same time, a one-of-a-kind, valuable data set has been compiled. The measurement data collected since 2010 have now reached a volume of more than 30 terabytes.
The shared goal of Fraunhofer IWES and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) in OpenRAVE is to continue expanding the unique and valuable data set of measurements collected at alpha ventus and grant research projects from within and outside RAVE easy access to this data.
In the research coordination, Fraunhofer IWES will continue to focus on networking the research projects within and outside the RAVE initiative with each other and with the participating industry and to further increase awareness of RAVE.
More information: https://www.rave-offshore.de/en/start.html