The cooperation is official. With the establishment of a Fraunhofer-IWES branch office under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sourkounis, a new competence center for wind energy is created in Bochum.

In Bochum, a competence center for wind energy will be created with the establishment of a Fraunhofer-IWES branch office HoMAS (German, (Hochintegrierte Mechatronische AntriebsSysteme) under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis. With the support of the rectorate, in particular Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf, the cooperation agreement between the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has now been concluded.

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The close cooperation between RUB and IWES opens up new perspectives for research in the field of wind energy with cross-system orientation and competencies. In joint projects, innovations for the future operation of wind energy systems are being advanced. The focus is not only on individual turbines, but also on entire wind farms and their integration into the energy supply grid.

In parallel, the Institute for Power Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics (EneSys) at RUB is also expanding its research competencies at a high level by establishing the Smart Windpark Laboratory. Thus, the Ruhr University is one of the strongest research locations in Germany with an extraordinary number of strategic partners in the field of wind energy. In addition to EneSys, RUB's research activities in this field are complemented by other chairs or institutes of the Faculties of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as the Institute for Mining and Energy Law.

Photo: The foundation was set in spring 2018 during the Smart Windpark Laboratory project workshop (from left to right, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis, Head of Institute for Power System Technology and Power Mechatronics, RUB; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf, Vice rector for Research, Transfer and Early Career Researchers, RUB, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Wenske, Deputy Director / Director Technology, Fraunhofer-IWES)