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German research institute Fraunhofer IWES has received funding to build a test bench for rotor blades measuring up to 115 meters in length. Fraunhofer IWES received funding to the tune of around EUR 12 million for the `Future Concept Operational Stability Rotor Blades Phase II` project. To this end, a new test bench is set […]
The German research center Fraunhofer IWES has completed tests on two large-scale suction buckets at a 1:5 scale, which confirmed the potential of this foundation concept for reliable and cost-effective deployment in offshore wind farms.
The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has selected Fraunhofer IWES, among others, to conduct the preliminary assessment of soil conditions in the first bidding round for new offshore wind farm zones in the North and Baltic Sea. Fraunhofer IWES said it will conduct multichannel seismic measuring, which, in combination with isolated findings from geological […]
The German Fraunhofer IWES is studying the installation of suction bucket foundations and their tensile behavior at the Test Center for Support Structures at the Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) have officially signed a contract for validation of the SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine nacelle.
Vietnam-headquartered Titan Technologies Corporation has ordered two Fraunhofer IWES LiDAR measuring buoys for the surveying of the Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind farms in China.
Fraunhofer IWES has released an Offshore Wind Energy Index, the first wind index for offshore wind farms, or more specifically, for wind farms in the German Bight in the North Sea.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) has completed a four-week test of a scaled-down version of the StEnSea (Stored Energy in the Sea) system in the Lake Constance.
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has awarded Fraunhofer IWES with an EUR 18.5 million grant for the development of an offshore wind turbine test field in Bremerhaven. The test field is set to start operating in early 2017, the German research institute said, with construction works already underway. The site will be used to […]
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES Northwest has applied its multi-channel seismic system for surveys that allowed the construction of the Arkona offshore wind project to be on time despite changes to the wind farm design. The modified project plan incorporated 60 turbines instead of 80 because of the switch to the larger […]
BladeMaker, a manufacturing centre set up to advance rotor blade production, was inaugurated yesterday in Bremerhaven. The Fraunhofer IWES, together with 15 partners, has coordinated the development of the new blade manufacturing centre. Scientists, rotor blade and component manufacturers, providers of production controls, and material suppliers have been working together on the concept and process development for […]
Fraunhofer IWES’ Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DyNaLab) has started operating. After an 18-month construction period, a 100-tonne generator of a 3 MW wind turbine was set in motion on the new test stand. Fraunhofer IWES said the EUR 35 million infrastructure will boost the competitiveness of quality-conscious manufacturers on the international market and also significantly increase turbine availability and further reduction of the […]
Fraunhofer IWES has issued its annual report on wind energy “Wind Energy Report Germany 2014“, which has shown that the wind energy is on the rise, both globally and in Germany. Worldwide, 2014 saw over 51 GW of installed wind capacity, and global power consumption already comprises 3% of wind energy. In Germany, after a record construction […]
In the new “Wind Energy Report Germany 2013” Fraunhofer IWES researchers confirm that offshore wind energy is increasing worldwide. While the UK is leading with 50% offshore market share, more than 2 GW are under construction in Germany. Japan enters the offshore market with prototypes of floating turbines. The offshore wind energy sector has been […]
The Fraunhofer IWES is building an oil sensor test stand in Bremerhaven, in order to better suit oil sensors to requirements of wind farm operators. Wind turbines are being increasingly equipped with oil sensors, which monitor the condition of the gearboxes. So called oil condition monitoring is based on sensors detecting existing damage through the […]
Fraunhofer IWES, in collaboration with industrial and research partners, is building a test stand which is to help in developing weatherproof coatings for rotor blade surfaces. Rotor blades are exposed to severe environmental conditions: rain, hail, sand, salty sea water and dirt all gather on the surfaces and lead, especially on blade leading edges, to […]
Fraunhofer IWES and Institute for Marine Resources (imare) will jointly showcase the Lidar measuring buoy at their stand at EWEA Offshore event in Frankfurt, Germany. The IWES will provide information on all aspects of the buoy, its measuring services and the latest scientific knowledge concerning the development of offshore wind energy. For the first time […]
In cooperation with the transmission system operator TenneT TSO GmbH, scientists from the Fraunhofer IWES intend to develop a new method to set the operating reserve on a daily basis. The advantage of this new method is the possibility to include forecasts, e.g. for the power input for wind energy and photovoltaics. With this, […]
IT Power and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES announce their new partnership to provide the marine energy sector with a comprehensive end-to-end technical design, consulting and R&D service offering. As the marine energy sector continues to evolve from early stage concepts towards project arrays, IT Power and Fraunhofer IWES […]
Critics, who argue that both on and offshore wind energy will remain cost intensive, will be proven wrong. That is the opinion of Andreas Reuter, Director at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems North-West. The research institute for wind energy and energy system technology is focussed on wind and solar energy and the integration of renewable energies into energy supply […]
ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have joined forces to form the “National Wind Energy Research Association”. This was announced today by ForWind Managing Director Dr. Stephan Barth and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Reuter, […]
Fraunhofer’s test bench for rotor blade bearings of up to 6.5 meters in diameter has been commissioned at the institute’s Hamburg facility, paving the way for automated continuous operation. The accelerated tests – simulating 20 years of service in six months of testing – will enable manufacturers and operators to increase the reliability of large […]
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IWES) expects to receive a EUR 10 million financial investment from German federal authorities to further develop a new method of rotor blade testing, as well as improve its test infrastructure in Bremerhaven. At present, rotor blade prototypes are tested by moving them separately both in and […]
Adwen and Fraunhofer IWES have signed an agreement to test the drivetrain for Adwen’s next generation turbine of 8MW rated power, the largest offshore turbine on the market. Under the terms of the agreement, the 8MW drive train will be tested in IWES´s new Dynalab (Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory) site, a unique test stand located […]
Fraunhofer IWES has successfully finished the validation of their Wind Lidar Buoy which confirms the commercial acceptance of wind data from the on-board ZephIR lidar for use in floating offshore energy assessments, according to the criteria within the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator roadmap for the commercial acceptance of floating lidar technology. An offshore verification […]
Last year’s offshore wind conditions in the German Bight compared well to the final index average of the preceding 10-year period, according to Fraunhofer IWES’ index for the year 2017.