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  • © Martina Buchholz

    The Fraunhofer IWES took over a large part of the hydrogen activities of Fraunhofer IMWS at the beginning of 2022. Fraunhofer IWES will thus maintain additional locations in Leuna and Görlitz, which are geared towards different focal points of the hydrogen value chain and are set for further expansion. This will not only accelerate the development of expertise in the field of hydrogen, but also establish a unique infrastructure: three test fields for electrolyzers and their components, which are currently partly in operation and partly under construction, will then be managed from a single source. Dr.-Ing. Sylvia Schattauer of Fraunhofer IMWS will take up the role of Acting Director of Fraunhofer IWES at the beginning of the year and will then constitute the dual leadership of the institute together with Prof. Andreas Reuter.

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  • H2Mare flagship project is supposed to receive more than €100 million funding from the BMBF / 2021

    Wind turbines with integrated electrolyzer demonstrate sustainable hydrogen production at sea

    Press release / August 19, 2021

    © Projektträger Jülich im Auftrag des BMBF

    The offshore wind turbines of the future are set to produce molecules instead of electrons. Self-sufficient units comprising a wind turbine and an integrated electrolyzer produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale and save the costs of connection to the grid. In this way, they can make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In a second phase, the green hydrogen can be converted into further synthetic fuels and energy carriers. This vision is now intended to become a reality in the scope of the H2Mare flagship project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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  • Large component layout confirmed / 2021

    Progress in realization of Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven

    Press release / July 27, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IWES/Peter Sondermann City-Luftbilder

    Following the approval of funding for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven at the former Luneort airfield, a general contractor has now been commissioned to design specific layout plans for the facilities.

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  • © Fraunhofer IWES/Ulrich Perrey

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES has put the new BEAT1.1 (Bearing Endurance and Acceptance Test) facility into operation now. As part of the iBAC (Intelligent Bearing Amplitude Control) research project, funded with €2.15 million by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Fraunhofer IWES is testing 100 small-scale rotor blade bearings together with the project partners ENERCON, Dataletics, and IMO. The test results will be employed to create a database that can be used to develop methods for advanced pitch control and a condition monitoring system for blade bearings assisted by artificial intelligence (AI). This should make it possible not only to achieve an optimal energy yield, but also to increase the system service life and optimize the operating conditions of the blade bearings.

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  • © Fraunhofer IWES/Peter Sondermann

    Fraunhofer IWES invests €19 million in the construction of a third rotor blade test rig for XXL blades in Bremerhaven/Germany – for length of 115 meters and more. New methods like biaxial or segmented testing will enhance economic viability further.

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  • Demo Project for Suction Bucket Foundations

    Press release / February 09, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IWES/Pascal Hancz

    Within an hour, the steel cylinder of the bucket foundation had sunk down into the soil. This installation method for the foundations of offshore wind turbines is both fast and avoids pile driving noise, meaning it can also be employed for sites in regions subject to noise restrictions. The technique consists in the pumping of water out of sealed steel containers (“buckets”) in order to build up a negative pressure, which draws the structure into the seabed. The challenging aspects of a bucket installation include the distribution of the pressure as well as ensuring that the bucket remains level. Following successful installation, the researchers are now investigating the tensile behavior of suction buckets and the effects of extreme wave loads.

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