Sea – Wind – Power

Research at the first German offshore wind farm Alpha Ventus

  • Michael Durstewitz
  • Bernhard Lange

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Construction, Operation, Measurement, Coordination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 3-9
    3. Kai Herklotz, Thomas Neumann, Wilhelm Heckmann, Hans-Peter Link
      Pages 17-27
  3. Foundation and Support Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Raimund Rolfes, Moritz Häckell, Tanja Grießmann
      Pages 31-43
    3. Raimund Rolfes, Tanja Grießmann
      Pages 45-51
    4. Werner Rücker, Pablo Cuéllar, Steven Georgi, Krassimire Karabeliov, Matthias Baeßler
      Pages 53-59
    5. Matthias Baeßler, Pablo Cuéllar, Steven Georgi, Krassimire Karabeliov, Werner Rücker
      Pages 61-67
  4. Turbine Technology and Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-70
    2. Jan Kruse
      Pages 71-78
    3. Jan Kruse
      Pages 79-83
    4. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 85-90
    5. Gerrit Haake, Annette Hofmann
      Pages 91-100
    6. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 101-111
    7. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 113-117
    8. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 119-130
    9. Björn Johnsen
      Pages 131-136
    10. Stefan Emeis
      Pages 137-143
    11. Stefan Emeis, Thomas Neumann, Richard Foreman, Beatriz Cañadillas
      Pages 145-151
    12. Stephan Oelker, Marco Lewandowski, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Dirk Reinhold, Ingo Schlalos
      Pages 153-158
    13. Berthold Hahn, Stefan Faulstich, Volker Berkhout
      Pages 159-167
  5. Grid Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Arne Wessel, Sebastian Stock, Lüder von Bremen
      Pages 171-186
  6. Environment and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Anika Beiersdorf, Maria Boethling, Axel Binder, Kristin Blasche, Nico Nolte, Christian Dahlke
      Pages 189-201
    3. Raimund Rolfes, Jörg Rustemeier, Tanja Grießmann
      Pages 203-210
    4. Michael Benesch, van Hermann Radecke
      Pages 211-215
    5. Gundula Hübner, Johannes Pohl
      Pages 217-226
  7. Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Raimund Rolfes, Moritz Fricke, Tanja Grießmann
      Pages 229-235
    3. Heiko Hinrichs, Thole Horstmann, Uta Kühne, Monika Mazur, Henry Seifert
      Pages 237-246
    4. Christine Carius, Christoph Jacob, Martin Schultz
      Pages 247-252

About this book


This book reports on the objectives, methods used and difficulties faced by the RAVE research projects, and presents the results and their significance for the future use of offshore wind energy in a style that is understandable for everyone.

Readers are given a comprehensive and comprehensible overview of the current status of offshore wind energy research and the results of the research activities.

Offshore wind energy will play a significant role in our future energy supply, yet this development has really only just begun. A large team of experts from the fields of research, industry, public administration and government therefore set themselves the goal of investigating the current and fundamental issues relating to the use of offshore wind energy. Over 100 researchers in the RAVE (Research at Alpha Ventus) initiative worked on interdisciplinary research projects with the aim of expanding our knowledge and finding application-oriented solutions for offshore wind energy. Their work has contributed to establishing offshore wind energy as a reliable, sustainable and economical long term source of energy.


The Alpha Ventus test field, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, provided the prerequisites for this research. The wind farm was furnished with a large number of measuring instruments, and the over 1200 measurement parameters recorded can now be accessed in a central research archive. The RAVE initiative researchers thus have the unique opportunity of using a great amount of measurement data recorded at an operational wind farm. The data is evaluated locally at research facilities across the whole of Germany.


The Authors

Project managers and employees of the RAVE research initiative, copy edited by Björn Johnsen


The Editors

Michael Durstewitz and Bernhard Lange (Fraunhofer IWES)


Alpha ventus energy supply research offshore RAVE wind energy

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Durstewitz
    • 1
  • Bernhard Lange
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik IWESKasselGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik IWESBremerhavenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-53178-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-53179-2
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