24. August 2023 | Note-Blog

Wind energy measurement campaign: With the research aircraft to the USA

Stopover in Reykjavik. Picture credits: Matthias Cremer/TU Braunschweig

Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, Narsarsuaq in Greenland and Goose Bay in Canada are just a few of the places where our research aircraft is currently making a stopover. The Institute of Flight Guidance is involved in the international wind energy measurement campaign AWAKEN in the USA in September 2023 by providing aircraft measurements. The Klaus Tschira Foundation is making it possible for the Cessna F406 research aircraft to begin its ferry flight to the USA at the end of August and then measure the wake of wind farms on site during a large-scale experiment in the Great Plains. The aim is to investigate how quickly the wind recovers behind onshore wind farms. Flights have already been carried out in two large projects to study the recovery of wind speed behind offshore wind farms.