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Offshore Wind Energy


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. 


The entire value-adding chain right on site

The producers, suppliers, wind farm developers, logistics firms and other service providers that have settled in Bremerhaven cover the entire value-adding chain of the wind energy sector – from manufacturing through installation up to maintenance of these high-tech installations, which consist of more than 6 000 components.

At our website under "Who is Who", you will find a whole series of companies located in Bremerhaven.


Founded in 2002, the WAB Wind Energy Agency has developed into the network for the wind energy sector. More than 300 companies and institutes are currently members.

For its members, WAB fosters cooperation and networking, initiates projects and research programmes, and also organizes trade-fair participation, events and study tours.


Not only has Bremerhaven established itself as a leading production base for the industry, it also offers a wealth of scientific know-how on the topic of wind energy.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES conducts industry-focused research and development on the central issues of concern to the wind energy industry. The infrastructure in Bremerhaven is specially oriented towards the needs of the offshore wind energy industry (see also Rotor Blade Test Center, DyNaLab Nacelle Test Stand, Material Testing).

Deutsche WindGuard Engineering GmbH in Bremerhaven is operating an acoustically optimized wind tunnel that is unique in the field of wind energy research.

The Institute of Wind Energy at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences is active in applied research in the field of wind energy technology, in close collaboration with the bachelor course “Maritime Technologies” and with the master course “Wind Energy Technology”.As a result, the companies in Bremerhaven will be able to draw on a pool of well-trained career entrants for a long time to come.

Industrial Areas

Luneort/Luneplate industrial zone

In the slipstream of the terminal 

The offshore wind energy industry needs properties on deep-draught water for the production, storage and supply, for logistic processes as well as servicing and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

Close to producers like Senvion SE around 270 hectares of production and assembly space will be available in future for company expansions and new set-ups in Bremerhaven.

These areas are excellently connected to the A27 motorway and to the shipment of offshore installations through the already operational Labradorhafen and via the planned Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven.

Offshore Ports

Offshore starts at the quay

The establishment of offshore wind farms in the German North Sea 30 to 100 kilometres off the coast is in full swing; Germany’s first deepwater wind farms are already generating electricity. Construction of these offshore powerhouses is a gigantic logistical challenge. Excellent infrastructures in the ports, coupled with the experience and know-how of all participants, is essential. Not only does Bremerhaven have a maritime history reaching back many decades, it also offers the necessary transhipment facilities.

Ports at a glance

1) Labradorhafen 2) Offshore Terminal OTB 3) ABC-Halbinsel Offshore Terminal 4) Container Terminal 1

Labradorhafen (1)

Quay length: 1.132 m
Berths: 2 bis 3
Water depth: 7.6 m
Heavy load: Heavy-duty slab 100 x 16 m, up to 70 kN/m²
Lock constraints: 182 x 35 m

Offshore Terminal OTB (2) - in planing

Quay length: 500 m
Berths: 2 bis 3
Water depth: 10,5 m
Heavy load: Heavy-duty slab 500 x 70 m
Lock constraints: none
Plan approval decision: December 2015
Start of construction: Has taken place, currently halt of construction because the project is complained

ABC-Halbinsel Offshore Terminal (3)

Quay length: 900 m
Berths: 2 bis 3
Water depth: 10,5 m
Heavy load: Suitable for storage and handling of offshore wind turbines
Lock constraints: 305 x 55 m

Container-Terminal 1 (4)

Quay length: 500 m
Berths: 2 bis 3
Water depth: 12,6 m
Heavy load: Heavy-duty slab 400 x 34 m, more than 50 kN/m², crane runway
Lock constraints: none

Contact person

Environmental support programs
Guido Ketschau

Fon: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-741
Fax: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-690


Staff unit location marketing/acquisition
Uwe Kiupel

Fon: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-330
Fax: +49 (0)471 9 46 46-690


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