Since its founding in 2009, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES has grown to almost 600 employees. As part of their strategic development and alignment, both divisions of the institute have developed largely independent profiles. The Executive Board and Senate of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have therefore decided to continue the branches of the institute as independent institutes as of January 2018: as IEE and IWES.
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. The future Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel has established itself in the fields of energy and energy system technology. “Theydevelop 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.