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BladeFactory project: Quicker rotor blade production and a higher quality result

Together with 14 project partners, Fraunhofer IWES, in the role of coordinator, launched the BladeFactory project at the beginning of October. IWES researchers will develop and test production methods with the aim of reducing the production time for rotor blades.  



Load Application for Bearing Test Rig Put into Operation

Cylinders and mechanics for the application of real wind loads for the bearing test rig in Hamburg have been installed and are now operational. As such, the researchers are well within the schedule, which envisages commissioning of the entire test rig by the end of the year.



“Offshore Wind Energy Index 2017” for the German Bight Published

Fraunhofer IWES has now extended its index for the German Bight for the year 2017. The index provides information on how high the maximum available natural energy yield was compared to previous years.  



Ground broken for New Test Stand for Generator/Converter Systems

Work recently got under way on the Institute’s latest construction project, a 250 m2 hall for generator/converter systems in the direct vicinity of the nacelle test stand in Bremerhaven/Germany. The new test stand is set to accelerate electrical certification testing of wind energy turbines at considerably lower costs than testing a whole nacelle.



EcoSwing Superconducting Generator Proves Itself on the Test Bench

The generator developed in the EcoSwing research project, is to be used in the next generation of multi-megawatt turbines. A test campaign on Fraunhofer IWES’ nacelle test bench showed good results due to the functionality of the overall system.  



Suction Buckets: Large-Scale Test Reveals Increased Tensile Capacity During Storms

Fraunhofer IWES tested two large-scale suction buckets in a 1:5 scale in early 2018. The physical experiments at the Test Center for Support Structures in Hanover (TTH) are the first of their kind in Germany.