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History

WindSim pioneered the application of CFD technology to optimize wind farm performance.

WindSim's singular focus on wind energy has enabled us to help the industry's worldwide leaders meet the challenges of wind farm design and wind resource & energy assessment for more than ten years—earning us unrivaled domain expertise. WindSim is recognized worldwide as the leading provider—and the thought leader—in the application of CFD technology and other advanced methods in the wind energy industry.

In 1998, WindSim AS established the Norwegian Wind Atlas in cooperation with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Simulating the local wind field conditions along the complex Norwegian coastline was a challenging task. The WindSim methodology was developed during this project to help meet those demands.

The first commercially available version of WindSim software was launched in 2003—after six years of in-house use, on-going development, and rigorous testing. Since then, there has been strong, steady growth in its adoption. WindSim is used by worldwide wind energy industry leaders including Vestas, GE Energy, Gamesa, Enercon, Senvion, Suzlon, Siemens, Nordex, and many more.

Timeline | 20 Years plus of Achievement

1993–2017

2016
WindSim 8.0 is released
2016
WindSim establish an office in France
2015
WindSim Sub-Saharan Africa is established
2015
WindSim Brasil is established
2015
WindSim 7.0 is released
2014
WindSim AMERICAS organize first User meeting in the US
2013
WindSim 6.2 is released
2013
WindSim Express is released making CFD based micro-siting accessible for everyone
2012
WindSim AS establish an office in India
2012
WindSim 5.1 is released
2012
WindSim AS provides short-term power forecasting for each turbine in the wind farm by integrating artificial neural networks corrected mesoscale models with fine-scale CFD models.
2011
WindSim AS offers a comprehensive range of technical services throughout the entire wind farm lifecycle, from the first site screening to post construction services
2011
WindSim China is established
2010
WindSim 5.0 is released
2009
WindSim AMERICAS is established
2008
WindSim expands in Asia
2007
Sarsia Seed, a Norwegian venture fund, acquires a minority stake in WindSim AS. The new financial resources provided are slated to strengthen the WindSim organization and to develop new product features.
2005
WindSim AS is formed as a company 100% owned by VECTOR AS. Activities related to the sale, support, and development of WindSim software and delivery of complementary professional services are moved to WindSim AS. VECTOR AS becomes a holding company.
2005
The first WindSim User meeting is held
2003–2005
The WindSim Reseller Partner network is established with regular training courses held worldwide. Several upgrades of the software are delivered
2003
WindSim 4.2 is launched as the first commercial version based on Windows
2002
Five companies begin testing WindSim version 3.0
2001
Development of WindSim as a commercial software product begins with a port from UNIX to Windows
1997–2001
WindSim validation and further development. Consulting work within the wind energy industry continues
1997
The development of WindSim begins to serve as an internal software tool used for consulting work
1993–1997
Consulting work for the oil and process industry
1993
Foundation of VECTOR AS, with a business idea to offer consulting services, research and development within Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD