Fraunhofer IWES ensures investments in technological developments in the field of wind energy and hydrogen technology through its validation services. By operating large test rigs, it accelerates the market introduction of innovative products, enhances certification processes and increases planning security by using state-of-the-art measurement techniques. Fraunhofer IWES employs around 250 scientists and administrative staff and more than 100 students at five sites: Bremerhaven, Hanover, Bremen, Hamburg and Oldenburg. In 2019, the operational budget has been 28 million Euros.
Today, IWES operates test rigs for rotor blades, nacelles, support structures, rolling bearings and main shafts. With an electrolyser test field, the methods for hydrogen production at Fraunhofer IWES can be systematically tested and extensive synergies can be created. All of this has been possible thanks to continuous public funding right from the start in the founding year 2009.The testing spectrum was developed in cooperation with industry leaders, who were involved from the design phase right up to commissioning. This approach made sure that the test rigs and measurement equipment comply with actual industry needs. These assets combined with the methodological competence of its employees make Fraunhofer IWES a preferred research and development partner for companies all around the globe. By participating actively in international committees and associations, the institute contributes to technology development and quality assurance within the wind industry.