CWD – Center for Wind Power Drives

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The establishment of the Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD) marks a further milestone in the development of wind turbine research in Aachen. The Center will be equipped with an innovative 4MW-WT system test rig. Thus RWTH Aachen University is able to strengthen its research efforts in the field of onshore wind turbines.



Ralf Schelenz

CWD Chief Technical Officer


+49 241 80 96797



The CWD coordinates the University's interdisciplinary research activities in the area of wind turbine drive train systems. These research activities comprise both fundamental scientific analyses and pre-competitive research and development projects.

The researchers of the seven institutes involved in the CWD are concerned with the system technology of wind turbines. Joint research activities will take place under one roof in the CWD office building, which helps to intensify networking activities and foster innovation.

The CWD directorate, which consists of the directors the seven contributing institutes, is responsible for scientific and organizational activities concerning the planning, usage and operation of the WT system test rigs. The biennial Conference for Wind Power Drives is to facilitate a transfer of research results to industry and academia.

CWD Key Research Areas

  • Full Size Nacelle Test
  • Acoustics
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Gearbox
  • Grid Integration
  • Generators
  • Inverter conepts
  • Flow simulation
  • Control strategies

Workshops and Conferences

  • Conference for Wind Power Drives CWD, March 9 and 10, 2021 (every two years)
  • yearly workshop with industrial partners

Participating Institutes

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Chair for Wind Power Drives – CWD
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering – WZL
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher

Institute of Aerodynamics – AIA
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder

Institute of Automatic Control – IRT
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel

Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems – PGS at E.ON ERC
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h. c. Rik W. De Doncker

Institute of Electrical Machines – IEM
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Kay Hameyer

Automation of Complex Power Systems – ACS at E.ON ERC
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Antonello Monti Ph.D.

Associate Partners

Institute for Industrial Management – FIR
Director: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Stich