On Wednesday, April 29th 2020, Fraunhofer IWES will be hosting an online conference with scientists from around the world to discuss the topic of “Current challenges for offshore wind energy in the North Sea.” We hope to be able to welcome you to VirtualWind.

How it works

Fraunhofer IWES will publish the dial-in data on this website shortly before the start of the conference (timezone CEST (GMT+2). At the end of each presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker using the chat function. Please note that there is a participant limit.
We hope to be able to welcome you to VirtualWind.
The Fraunhofer IWES team

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10:00 a.m.  – Welcome: Prof. Andreas Reuter, Head of the Institute, Fraunhofer IWES

  1. 10:15 a.m. – “Large Offshore Blade Design Innovation Challenges”
    Jeppe Kirkegaard
    Head of Blade Structural Design Department
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 
    Presentationslides here
  2. 11:00 a.m. – “Impact of Blade Shape Distortion due to Manufacture on Turbine Loads and Energy Yield”
    Malo Rosemeier
    Rotor Blades Research Associate, Virtual Test Bench
    Fraunhofer IWES
  3. 12:00 noon – “An Aerospace Solution to Leading Edge Erosion”
    Dr. Peter Greaves
    Senior Research Engineer, Blade
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Presentationslides here
  4. 2:00 p.m. – “Is fatigue a challenge for offshore rotor blades?”
    Dr. Alexander Krimmer
    Senior Engineer
    Composite Materials and Structures
    TPI Composites Germany GmbH
  5. 3:00 p.m. – “Energy Storage Solutions and Their Role in Offshore Wind Energy Networks”
    Dr. John Nwobu
    Research Engineer, Grid & Storage
    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
    Presentationslides here
  6. 4:00 p.m. – “Future challenges for grid integration testing and needs for standardization of testing”
    Torben Jersch
    Head of System Technology Department
    Fraunhofer IWES
    Presentationslides here

The program of presentations will be chaired by Steffen Czichon, Head of Rotor Blades Department, Fraunhofer IWES.