Staying ahead through a capacity for scientific innovation at a high level is one of the strongest arguments for competing in the global marketplace. In order to ensure a stable, future-proof position in the research landscape and continue with the development of scientific excellence in-house it is essential to be involved as a proactive player in the key (international) networks; that means pooling the core competencies of different academic institutions and supporting this effort with complementary infrastructure facilities.
The Research Alliance for Wind Energy (FVWE) consists of ForWind, the DLR and IWES Northwest and forms a cooperation network of 600 skilled scientists. A pool of state of the art test rigs and laboratories opens up new opportunities for tests and technology development. Working together in game-changing research projects, concerting activities and achieving better visibility by a strong presence of the German wind energy research in international networks, the research alliance contributes to trend-setting technological developments.
Scientific excellence and the accelerated development of skills and know-how are being promoted through close collaboration with the regional universities in Hanover, Oldenburg and Bremen and with the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven. Other partnerships are also being established at the present time.
At international level IWES Nordwest is currently setting up a cooperation framework with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, USA) and with Risoe/DTU (DK) and WindEEE (CAN). Collaboration with established research facilities will help IWES Nordwest develop its know-how base and harness the existing synergy potential.