“With their in-depth knowledge in the fields of energy system technology and wind energy systems, our researchers at the Fraunhofer IWES are a compass, a barometer, and a sought-after adviser for the dynamically changing energy industry as well as for German politics,“ said Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “The aim of having two independent institutes is to sharpen the orientation of the two divisions of the institute in terms of content and to communicate this more clearly in the interests of our partners.“
The Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel is becoming the new “Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE“. The Fraunhofer IWES Northwest, headquartered in Bremerhaven, will continue to operate under the abbreviation IWES and the slightly altered institute name “Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES“.
The Fraunhofer IWES Northwest has established itself as an industry institute for the validation of wind turbine technology, among other things. It has an accredited and certified test infrastructure, its own test field and well-founded methodological expertise concerning test methods. “After an intensive and successful start-up phase, the future Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems sees itself well prepared, as an institute focused on the wind industry, to make a substantial contribution to facing the enormous technical challenge that currently exists,“ says Prof. Andreas Reuter, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute IWES in Bremerhaven.
The future Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel has established itself in the fields of energy and energy system technology. “We‘re conducting research for the national and international transformation of energy supply systems. We develop solutions for technical and economic challenges in order to further reduce the costs of using renewable energies, to secure the supply despite volatile generation, to ensure grid stability at the usual high level and to make the business model of the energy transition a success,“ says Prof. Clemens Hoffmann, Director of the Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel.
In the case of overarching issues, both institutes will also continue to use their access to a wide range of specialist expertise and industry experience under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.