Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems




Inauguration of the world’s first pilot plant for the cost-efficient production of green methanol

Today, Minister for Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing, opens the pilot plant at the Chemical Park in Leuna as part of the »Leuna100« project, which is funded by the BMDV with €10.4 million.



Green hydrogen from wind energy: Ready for trial operation

Senator Vogt and Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven Grantz are launching trial operation at the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven together with the Fraunhofer  IWES. The infrastructure is thus now ready for the research work in Bremerhaven focusing on the interaction between wind turbines and electrolytic hydrogen production to begin.



Dr.-Ing. Sylvia Schattauer is moving to TU Clausthal

Dr.-Ing. Sylvia Schattauer has played an instrumental role in guiding the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES along the path of integration of a successful hydrogen strategy under the motto “Thinking of wind energy and hydrogen together” and is now turning her attention to new challenges as President of TU Clausthal.



Online game brings green hydrogen research to life

Building an offshore wind park and generating green hydrogen directly at sea - a new browser game makes it possible to experience virtually what is currently being researched in the H2Mare Flagship Project.


Annual Report 2022/2023

Join us on our digital scrollytelling experience! The journey takes you interactively through our figures, visions, focus topics, and highlights. Scroll with us digitally and individually through our annual report!


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

12th - 14th December 2023, Düsseldorf
14th Wind Turbine Blades


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 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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