Heart of the European offshore wind energy industry
The topic “offshore wind energy” occupies a prominent place in Bremerhaven as a business location, both in industrial production and in research and education.
Owing to its favourable position on a deep waterway, its outstanding traffic and port infrastructure and the strategic development of cluster structures, a number of leading companies in the industry have already decided in favour of Bremerhaven as a prime location. At no other location – national or international – will one find such a well-developed cluster for offshore wind energy, with producers and service providers on all levels of the value-adding chain, as in Bremerhaven.
Through initiatives targeted at the wind energy industry, reputable companies such as AREVA Wind GmbH and REpower Systems SE (wind turbines of the 5 MW class and above), PowerBlades GmbH (rotor blades) and WeserWind GmbH Offshore Construction Georgsmarienhütte (steel foundations) were attracted to settle on the sector-focused industrial properties.
In addition, the seaport city offers a wealth of scientific know-how on the topic of wind energy. For instance, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES now operates a rotor-blade test centre that is unique throughout Germany, to be followed in 2014 by a nacelle test stand.