Blog post in three parts – The road to the blade bearing test

Part 2: Rapid testing of blade bearings – from the desk to the test bench The first milestones on our journey to a blade bearing test are described in part 1. In mid-2013, we submitted a project outline with the…

Is the wind farm tapping its full potential? – The post-construction analysis has the answers

All wind turbine and wind farm operators and owners know what questions to expect at the end of each quarter or the year: Is the energy yield satisfactory? What does the wind farm’s yield to date mean for the future?…

RAVE: Ten years of measurement data for offshore wind energy research

An ambitious measuring campaign has been under way at the alpha ventus offshore wind farm ever since it was installed back in 2010. The measurement data from the wind turbines, the substation, and the marine environment are available to scientists…

Putting the seabed under the microscope: ultra-high-resolution multichannel seismics

The wind resource and soil conditions in particular are often investigated when planning the exact sites of individual wind turbines within a planned offshore wind farm. The Fraunhofer IWES employs acoustic methods to characterize the subsurface, thereby contributing to efficient…

Blog article in three parts – The road to the blade bearing test

Part 1: Rapid testing of blade bearings – but how? Back in 2013, the Fraunhofer IWES was still only a fairly small Fraunhofer institute and many of the test benches which would later shape the image of the institute were…

Rotor blade bearings: Accurate prediction of fatigue life

Predicting the fatigue lifetime of rotor blade bearings is a particularly difficult task as the use of existing calculation methods requires a comprehensive understanding of the systems and the methods are scarcely validated for the unique blade bearings with their extraordinary load situations.

It starts with a BEAT

The operating conditions for rotor blade bearings of wind turbines differ significantly from most industrial applications. At Fraunhofer IWES, this has led to the development of the world’s most comprehensive testing technology for blade bearings.An interview with Christian Broer Christian,…

Versatile and flexibly employable service: automated optimization of floaters

Compared with conventional offshore wind turbines, “floaters” open up enormous wind energy potential, as they allow development of so many offshore locations in deep waters. The Fraunhofer IWES has been developing a tool for the automated optimization of floating wind…

One Year of the New European Wind Atlas

The New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) has been available for over a year now. The result of an ambitious project is being closely followed by both the scientific community and the wind industry. The first anniversary of NEWA should be seized…

Applied research at Fraunhofer IWES

Getting to grips with research: The time my research project involved a hammer and screwdriver – a somewhat different kind of experience report. As a research associate at the Fraunhofer IWES, my day-to-day work involves the simulation of large rolling…