Project Title:

WindEnvironment Research & Training Center(WERT-Center)

Government Sponsor:

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Implementation Agency:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)(German Development Cooperation)

Implementation Partner:

China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI)(subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China) 


November 2008 to February 2010


Wind Environment Research & Training Center (WERT-Center)


Since the beginning of the 21st century, climate change and dwindling resources have become a major concern for the world. To maintain sustainable economic development, the Chinese and German government carry out a number of cooperative projects within the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). By supporting new, clean and renewable energy supply solutions and enhancing the efficiency of power generation and utilization, these projects are contributing to greenhouse gas mitigation and climate protection.


China’s wind power sector is booming. The installed capacity (not necessarily grid-connected) is likely to have reached around 23.000 MW at end of 2009. For 2020 more than 100.000 MW of total installed capacity are expected. However, well-trained wind power professionals are extremely rare in China. Hence, very few engineers and technicians in China have received professional training in wind energy. This poses great risk - not only to the successful development of the wind energy market. As the majority of Chinese manufacturers offer technology procured in Germany, German technology could wrongfully fall into disrepute as a result of operational and maintenance shortcomings.


In September 2008, realizing the looming threat, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) initiated the project Sino-German Platform for Renewable Energies to the People’s Republic of China. Its preliminary focus lies on the support of wind power development via the Wind Environment Research & Training Center – WERT Center.


Together with the Renewable Energy Department (RED) of the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) - the leading authority engaged in research, test, consulting and training in the field of renewable energy power generation and grid integration - the project aims to build the technical and human resource capacity necessary to secure the efficient and sustained generation of electricity from wind as well as its’ smooth integration into the power grid. CEPRI is a subsidiary of China’s largest power grid company - State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), which is in charge of 80% of China's grids.To advance this aim, the project has set up a test wind turbine and is currently working on putting a grid compatibility testing unit - the first of its kind in China - into operation (for Low Voltage Ride Through (LVRT) testing). At the same time the project supports the development of testing procedures and services as well as the applied training of testing-staff in cooperation with German testing institutes and companies. Ultimately, the project will contribute to an increase in efficiency in wind power generation and thereby directly contribute to climate protection. 


The WERT-Center is also striving to find solutions, which allow China to meet the substantial human resources needs of the rapidly expanding Chinese wind power market. The engineer-level training developed in the course of the program utilizes blended learning techniques - a mixture of online courses, practical training and classroom lectures - to reach the largest possible client base. Mainly targeted at personnel of utilities and grid companies, the training conducted in cooperation with CEPRI’s Renewable Energy Department is contributing to the overall objective of the project: supporting the sustained development of wind power, enhancing the efficiency of power generation from wind, and thereby reducing China’s carbon footprint.


The project will help to increase the efficiency of wind energy use and thus contribute directly to climate protection. As the testing procedures will be transferable to all  manufacturers of wind turbines in China, they have the potential for broad application. Importantly too, the project can showcase best practice for China's neighboring states.


Project Achievements


      ·         Sino-German Workshop on Wind Power Grid Integration, 18th-19th November 2008, Beijing

      ·         Sino-German Workshop on Wind Power Education & Vocational Training, 18th -22nd May 2009, Beijing

 Zhangbei Test Site

      ·         Nordex test wind turbine successfully erected and connected to the grid, December 2009, Zhangbei

      ·         LVRT-test container arrived, January 2010, Jilin

      ·         Applied training scheduled, February 2010, Jilin


The project activities of the WERT centre are fully in line with
the criteria of the BMU International Climate Initiative.



The International Climate Initiative has been financing climate protection projects in developing and newly industrializing countries and in transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008. One major focal point of this funding is the G5 states (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa). When selecting projects, the Federal Environment Ministry attaches great importance to the development of innovative and multipliable approaches that impact beyond the individual project itself and are transferable. One of the focus areas of the International Climate Initiative lies in the area of promoting a climate-friendly economy by increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energies, reducing environmentally harmful greenhouse gases [and] know-how transfer.