Gondel FVA on the 4 Megawatt test rig Copyright: © CWD  

The Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD) is part of the heavy duty drivetrain technology cluster, one of 19 researchcluster which perform research and development effort at highly loaded drive systems. The CWD ist specialized in the drive systems sector for wind power plants and allows to test 100 tons heavy and 14 meter long nacelles under practical conditions. More than 50 experts from 7 institutes of the RWTH-departments Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering will have access to the test rig. The modern building of the CWD contains an experimental hall including an installation area, a workshop and storage areas on 2500 squaremeters. The new offices, conference rooms and social rooms offer an optimal research enviroment.


4 MW WT-system test rig

1 MW WT-system test rig

Real Time Digital Simulator RTDS

High Power Test Bench

Wind Tunnels