Here you can find all press releases of Fraunhofer IWES.

  • Sustainable management and disposal / 2022

    Fraunhofer IWES develops concrete concepts for rotor blade recycling

    Press release / April 06, 2022

    © Fraunhofer IWES_Fraunhofer WKI

    In collaboration with the Institute for Energy, Recycling and Environmental Protection (IEkrW) at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES is developing comprehensive concepts aimed at making it possible to recycle and reuse rotor blades considerably better in the future. The aim of the “Concept for recycling and reuse of rotor blades made of plastic composite materials” project – KoReNaRo for short – is to set up an economically feasible disposal strategy allowing as high a recycling quota as possible and thereby enabling a sustainable circular economy. The project is being funded to the tune of €150,000 in the scope of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s (BMBF) “Research for Sustainable Development – FONA3” program and was launched in October 2021. The funding is currently for the conceptual design of a demonstration system. A decision will then be taken on whether implementation should be funded in a second phase.

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  • Vestas will be the first customer for the Fraunhofer IWES’ new rotor blade test bench. / 2022

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

    Press release / March 18, 2022

    © Fraunhofer IWES/Nils Glinka

    Bremerhaven, March 18, 2022. Following successful conclusion of the contract, the first customer for the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES’ new rotor blade test bench has now been decided: the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will be testing the rotor blade of the new V236-15.0 MW™ prototype in Bremerhaven later this year. The state-of-the-art test bench offers comprehensive testing possibilities for rotor blades measuring up to more than 120 meters. In addition to biaxial full-scale blade tests, manufacturers also have the option of testing individual segments of a rotor blade. The modular and adaptable design of the test bench allows the scientists at Fraunhofer IWES to react flexibly to requirements and further develop intelligent test methods. The rotor blade test bench currently still under construction is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) to the tune of €14.8 million and has received €4 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the State of Bremen and ERDF financing.

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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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