Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems




Fugro and Fraunhofer IWES secure survey for BSH’s German EEZ wind farm sites

Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), has awarded Fugro a geophysical survey contract for two offshore wind farm sites in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Sea. 



House of Transfer gets underway: Knowledge transfer for technology-oriented structural change in Central Germany

The coming four years are set to see the development of a central hub for all stakeholders in the biobased economy, chemical, plastics, and hydrogen sectors in the region. 



Ground-breaking ceremony at Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven: Focus on offshore hydrogen production

Senator Dr. Claudia Schilling and Lord Mayor Melf Grantz performed the symbolic ground-breaking for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB). The HLB is being funded with a total of €16 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Bremen and should be completed in 2023.



Fraunhofer IWES: Successful measuring campaign for 50Hertz in the Baltic Sea

Fraunhofer IWES used seismic measurement methods to examine the seabed in the Baltic Sea for boulders so that the grid operator can efficiently plan a new offshore platform.



Green hydrogen: Hydrogen Lab Leuna opens in Leuna Chemical Park

More than €10 million have been invested in the construction of the Hydrogen Lab in Leuna. With it, Fraunhofer IWES is setting the course for future-oriented research for the production and use of green hydrogen in the chemical industry.


Offshore wind turbines: Every detail counts - Sub-surface investigation on the high seas

By means of comprehensive analysis of multi-channel seismic data, the interdisciplinary IWES team offers innovative solutions for accurate and cost-saving wind farm planning. The investigations include classical subsoil exploration using modern technologies or cutting edge boulder via diffraction imaging.


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

5th - 8th June 2023, Vienna
EAGE ANNUAL - 84th Conference & Exhibition 

12th - 14th June 2023, Bremerhaven

12th - 13th June 2023, Frankfurt

12th - 15th September 2023, Husum
Husum Wind


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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