Wind power and wind energy - a major pillar in the future economic health of Bremen
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 80 companies and institutes employ more than 3,000 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 23 per cent of all power consumed in the public network, and plans are in place to increase this proportion further still.
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, service and maintenance - Bremen and Bremerhaven companies and institutes represent large parts of the value chain in the wind energy sector:
- 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 120 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 250 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.
Bremerhaven is where the IWES research institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergiesysteme), is building what is currently the largest rotor blade test facility in the world.visit the test facility