Fraunhofer Working Group Sustainable Maritime Mobility: Design, construction, and operation of trendsetting wind propulsion systems
Boosting research and development for sustainable shipping: The foundation of the Fraunhofer Working Group Sustainable Maritime Mobility signals the start of a close collaboration under joint management between the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and Fraunhofer IWES. The teams in Leer and Bremerhaven are focusing in close coordination on wind propulsion systems, design concepts, and scientific studies for emission-free shipping. The working group provides system-independent research and consulting services on all wind propulsion systems discussed for commercial shipping. The spectrum ranges from Flettner rotors, wing rigs or dyna rigs to membrane sails and classic cloth sails. In the experimental field, the Maritime Experimental Center in Leer forms the central facility of the working group. The unique testing infrastructure at the other IWES locations supplements the validation options in the area of full-scale applications. The many years of experience in the field of offshore wind energy flow into the working group, and synergies are created. The joint methodological focal points are in the fields of maritime hydro- and aerodynamics, automation and systems technology and materials technology. Hybrid model concepts result from the intersection of powerful modeling and simulation with measurement technology both in the laboratory and at sea. One special joint area of expertise lies in the use of crossover and upscaling effects between wind propulsion technology for vessels and classic wind energy systems.