Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology

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.

Research turbine AD 8-180

Comparison of field survey results with the data obtained on the large-scale test rigs will significantly expand the opportunities for further optimization of measuring and testing methods as well as risk mitigation for new turbine designs.




Order Placed for First LiDAR Wind Buoys to be Used in China

Titan Technologies Corporation has ordered two Fraunhofer IWES LiDAR measuring buoys for the surveying of the Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind farms planned for off the coast of China's Fujian province. The buoys will be used to precisely measure the wind conditions in the designated locations so as to allow precise calculation of the wind farm’s electricity yield.



Fraunhofer IWES publishes first wind index for German Bight

Unraveling the reasons for yield loss in an offshore windfarm - a new index allows comparing actual production data with the wind index data. operators can identify and remedy the causes of performance losses and thus increase profitability.  



LiDAR buoy measures “Firth of Forth” Wind Farm Area

Fraunhofer IWES has been measuring wind conditions in the “Firth of Forth” wind farm area off the east coast of Scotland with its LiDAR wind buoy. The project from Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd encompasses a 12-24 month measuring campaign.

Latest Publications

Offshore Wind Bizz

May 8th 2017: Fraunhofer IWES Releases First Offshore Wind Index for German Bight
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Renewable Energy World

Jan 26th 2017: New Test Bench for Offshore Wind Turbines
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Global Offshore Wind

02/2017: LiDAR buoy measures “Firth of Forth” Wind Farm Area
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Our portfolio in brief: Focus on Validation



Project of the month: Hil-GridCop

Within the project, a new test stand is being set up and a new testing methodology for minimal systems – comprising a high-speed generator and a converter system for WT - will be developed.

Annual Report 2016/17 out now!

The current report informs you on IWES´ progress concerning electrical certification, successful accredition of full-scale blade testing, expansion of our testing infrastructure and how we boost our methodological competence further.

Industry interviews

How can technology development trigger further reduction of LCOE?

Maite Basurto, Chief Technology Officer Adwen & Prof. Andreas Reuter, Fraunhofer IWES

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 as well as trials in demonstration centres

Accredited due to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005: mechanical and thermal tests for determining the physical properties of glass fiber and composite materials; mechanical load measurements of wind turbines