Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems




Fraunhofer IWES develops concrete concepts for rotor blade recycling

The aim of the project partners IEkrW and IWES is to set up an economically feasible disposal strategy allowing as high a recycling quota as possible and thereby enabling a sustainable circular economy.



Fraunhofer IWES to test Vestas’ XXL rotor blade on new test bench

Vestas will be the first customer for the Fraunhofer IWES’ new rotor blade test bench. The Danish wind turbine manufacturer will be testing the rotor blade of the new V236-15.0 MW™ prototype in Bremerhaven. 



Bundled hydrogen know-how: New locations in Leuna and Görlitz for Fraunhofer IWES

The hydrogen competence field of the Fraunhofer IMWS will be integrated into the Fraunhofer IWES and will operate in the future with a dual leadership in the institute management.



Update to Site Development Plan for the German North Sea and Baltic Sea

Fraunhofer IWES has been commissioned by the BSH to "Further develop the framework conditions for planning offshore wind turbines and grid connection systems" and advises the BSH on scientific and technical issues related to the update of the FEP.



Wind turbines with integrated electrolyzer demonstrate sustainable hydrogen production at sea

H2Mare flagship project is supposed to receive more than €100 million funding from the BMBF.



Research rotor blade production at Fraunhofer IWES

Testing and validating rotor blade materials for an optimized manufacturing process: IWES is building research rotor blades in order to test materials directly within the production process and to determine whether these are suitable for series production.


What truly defines the “IWES spirit”

Describing the culture of an institute in words is no mean feat. It is often a matter of shared experiences, the development of extraordinary approaches, and a common understanding of the expected level of quality. 

Our work generates a practical added value and turns innovative ideas into reality. Find out more – from our employees themselves.

Upcoming events

28th August - 1st September, Houston

5th - 9th September 2022, Hanover
EPE 2022 ECCE Europe

6th - 9th September 2022, Hamburg
SMM 2022

21st - 22nd September 2022, Nuremberg

27th - 30th September 2022, Hamburg
WindEnergy Hamburg 2022

25th - 26th October 2022, Hamburg
Blades Europe 2022

7th - 9th November 2022, The Hague
GET 2022


The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES is certified according to the valid standards for quality, occupational safety, and environmental management.
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Accredited according to ISO 17025:2005 for determination of physical properties of fiber enhanced synthetic materials and fiber composite materials using mechanic-technological and thermal testing and testing of mechanical loads on wind turbines




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