Validation of Wind Energy Systems

The institute offers turbine manufacturers, suppliers, wind farm operators and power authorities industry relevant research services and target-oriented collaboration concerning the complete spectrum of technical wind energy utilization issues.



Manufacturing center for rotor blades starts operation

Together with 15 partners, Fraunhofer IWES as coordinator of the project BladeMaker   has constructed a manufacturing center for industrialized blade production which was inaugurated today in Bremerhaven. Thanks to the special fiber composite gantry robots,
various production steps, can be performed at the same workstation by simply changing the process head.


Shaping up blade bearings for next generation´s turbines

In the HAPT research project (short for Highly Accelerated Pitch Bearing Test) researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES Nordwest and the Institute of Machine Elements, Engineering Design and Tribology (IMKT) at Leibniz University in Hanover work together with the IMO group to establish the foundations for the further development of blade bearings.

Latest Publications

Indian Wind Power Magazine, Feb.-March 2016: Rotor Blade Testing - An Overview
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Renewable Energy World, Feb. 2016: Substructure Testing Paving the Way to Longer Wind Turbine Blades
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Offshore Wind Journal, Feb. 2016: German test facility gears up for larger turbines, long blades
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Next events with IWES involvement:

27th - 30th Sept.:
Wind Energy Hamburg, Germany
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Processes across different sites conform to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards in the areas of „product development up to the prototype stage“, technology development and optimization“, „technology assessments and studies" and “trials in demonstration centres"

Accredited due to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005

The following services fullfil the reqierements of Dakks/ILAC

- mechanical and thermal tests for determining the physical properties of glass fiber and composite materials
- mechanical load measurements of wind turbines


In 2013, Fraunhofer IWES Northwest has teamed up with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities Oldenburg, Hannover and Bremen, to form the Research Alliance for Wind Energy. Through its personnel strength of 600 scientists and by networking knowledge and expertise, the alliance will be able to successfully process long term and strategically important major projects.