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🌀 FLOW Webinar Highlights: Assessment of Large-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Effects and Their Implications for Maritime Spatial Planning

Updated: Apr 29

In an insightful webinar set against the backdrop of Europe's ambitious renewable energy targets, the FLOW project welcomed Dr. Martin Dörenkämper, Head of Numerical Yield & Site Assessment at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems. Dr. Dörenkämper delved into the assessment of large-scale offshore wind farm effects and their implications for maritime spatial planning, offering valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by offshore wind development in the German Bight.

Key Insights:

📚Research Overview: Dr. Dörenkämper provided a comprehensive overview of past, ongoing, and recently completed research activities assessing the interaction of large-scale wake effects with the atmospheric boundary layer, particularly focusing on the German Bight. Results from scanning-lidar and airborne measurement campaigns, coupled with wind farm production data, were discussed to improve and validate mesoscale and engineering models.

🌬️X-Wakes Project: The webinar highlighted key findings from the X-Wakes project, shedding light on the implications of large-scale wake effects for maritime spatial planning. Dr. Dörenkämper summarized the main results and emphasized the significance of mitigating these effects to ensure sustainable offshore wind farm deployment and effective spatial planning strategies.

⏭️Future Directions: The presentation concluded with a discussion on potential mitigation strategies to address large-scale wake effects in future offshore wind farm developments. Dr. Dörenkämper explored promising avenues for mitigating wake effects and underscored the importance of collaboration between researchers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to achieve long-term sustainability goals.

👨‍🔬About the Speaker:

Dr. Martin Dörenkämper leads the Numerical Yield and Site Assessment group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems in Oldenburg, Germany. With a Ph.D. in energy meteorology and physics, his research focuses on the interaction of the atmospheric boundary layer with large-scale offshore wind farm deployment. Dr. Dörenkämper has led pioneering research projects such as X-Wakes, aimed at model development and providing validation datasets for large-scale wake effects. He continues to spearhead efforts in wake effect mitigation through projects like Controlled Cluster Wakes, while actively contributing to initiatives like the Horizon Europe project FLOW. His expertise and leadership drive the translation of research findings into practical applications, contributing to the advancement of offshore wind energy technologies and sustainable maritime spatial planning.

See the recording of the webinar here!

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