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Wind energy

Wind power and wind energy - a major pillar in the future economic health of Bremen

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We champion the cause of wind energy in Bremen and its practitioners and pioneers.

Bremen plays a key role in wind energy. Wind turbines and wind parks have been designed and built in Bremen since 1990. Wind energy is a thriving sector in the Bremen region and holds a great deal of potential for the future. Many of the industry's pioneering companies have based themselves here and form a strong network that covers all aspects of the value chain.

Today more than 120 companies and institutes employ more than 4,000 people across the industry, with approx. half of them working in offshore wind energy in Bremen and Bremerhaven. They are all part of a strong network that is ideal for facilitating a range of onshore and offshore wind energy projects.

In Germany, electricity generated by wind energy already accounts for 18 per cent of all power consumed in the public network, and plans are in place to increase this proportion further still.

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Offshore wind farms

Wind energy has a key role to play in the switch to renewable energy sources, and nowhere does the wind blow stronger than out on the high seas.

Thanks to its coastal location, Bremerhaven set itself on the course to offshore power generation more than ten years ago. Today the city is a internationally recognized competence centre for the offshore wind energy sector in Germany. Its maritime strength, expertise in logistics, and an integrated plan have together built a solid foundation for Bremerhaven as the port for offshore wind energy.

A unique network in Bremen

Research, development, production, service and maintenance – companies and institutes in Bremen and Bremerhaven cover all aspects of the wind energy industry:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology
  • ForWind – Centre for Wind Energy Research
  • Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DyNaLab) for the testing of complete wind turbine nacelles
  • Rotor blade centre: test stand for rotor blades measuring up to 90 metres
  • Wind turbine research facility at the University of Bremen
  • Laboratory for the measurement of large gear systems at the University of Bremen

See our events calendar to find out about events and trade fairs on the subject of wind energy.

The WAB Wind Energy Agency in Bremerhaven facilitates collaboration and the exchange of knowledge among its 300 or so members. It is the leading network for wind energy companies in the north-west of Germany and a point of contact for Germany's offshore wind energy industry.

Wind energy
28 August 2019
How Bremerhaven aims to become a hydrogen pioneer

Will we all be driving hydrogen-powered cars in the future? The course for the future of this resource is currently being set in Bremerhaven.

Wind energy
14 March 2019
A breath of wind at 360 kilometres an hour: a unique wind tunnel helps to optimise rotor blades for wind turbines

The whispering of strong winds: The Bremerhaven-based company Deutsche WindGuard GmbH is using a large wind tunnel to research the optimal shape and surface of wind turbine blades. It works for all well-known manufacturers in the industry.

Wind energy
20 December 2018
A robot drone for the wind energy sector

Bremen-based researchers are developing a drone that can autonomously inspect wind turbines. Its USP is its ability to get ‘hands on’.

Bremen
22 November 2018
Tradition meets innovation

The state of Bremen covers 420 square kilometres and is home to around 670,000 people. Almost 22,000 companies provide more than 325,000 jobs. Below, we introduce some of the strong sectors that that make Bremen such an excellent business location.

Wind energy
6 November 2018
The mobile workshop for wind farms

A Bremen-based company has launched the first independent service centre for offshore wind farms. It aims to facilitate servicing procedures for manufacturers and reduce maintenance costs for operators. Workers travel out into the North Sea from the home port in Emden, East Frisia.

Wind energy
24 October 2018
Wind energy in Bremen at a glance

Bremen is a key hub for onshore and offshore wind energy. Here we highlight what the region has to offer – from skilled workers and facilities to sites and infrastructure.

Wind energy
16 August 2018
Wind farm optimisation ‘made in Bremen’

The BARD Offshore 1 wind farm is a real pioneer. It has continually increased its output, and in 2017 it produced the most energy of all German offshore wind farms – 1.5 TWh – thanks in no small part to two Bremen-based companies.

Wind energy
16 January 2018
When wind turbines retire

Rotor blades withstand both wind and weather for decades. But it does create a problem when it comes to their disposal, as they don't decay and are nearly impossible to incinerate. Bremen's neocomp GmbH has developed a process – unique in Germany – which allows plastics that are reinforced with glass fibres to be recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

Wind energy
29 August 2017
Irina Lucke, pioneer of offshore wind power: “Facing highs and lows together”

Irina Lucke has been at the helm of WAB since December 2016. We talked about her role in the german-wide trade association and the challenges that an ever-changing business and regulatory environment poses for the international wind energy industry.

Wind energy
8 June 2017
DEME: Using Bremen as a base to focus on offshore projects

GeoSea, a subsidiary of the Belgian DEME group, is helping to construct of some of the largest offshore wind farms in the German North Sea – and in Bremen, the company has found the ideal location to carry out its work.