A wind farm in the open seas

Aerial photograph of an offshore wind farm

Source: Fotolia.de/Halberg

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM) and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) have signed a joint administrative agreement for undertaking feasibility checks of offshore wind turbines. Within the scope of the agreement, BAM advises the BSH on all constructional engineering issues of the facilities and provides recommendations for approval.

Offshore wind farms are an important cornerstone of the German energy policy and are expected to progressively contribute to the energy supply. The Federal Government envisages that about 15,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy will be fed into the German power grid by 2030, enough to provide about 15 million private households with green electricity. To promote this goal, BAM and BSH have agreed to cooperate more closely in the approval process for offshore wind turbines.

As a senior scientific and technical federal institute, we support the Federal Government’s renewable energy expansion targets", says BAM President Prof. Ulrich Panne. "Due to its partnership with BSH, BAM can use its expertise in safety of structures to help shape the approval of offshore wind turbines more efficiently and ensure the safety of the facilities at the same time".

Under the framework of the feasibility checks, BAM advises BSH in all constructional engineering issues. The emphasis here is on the verification of geotechnical foundations, steel structures and connections where so-called grout connections (pipe-in-pipe plug-in connections) are regularly used. These are often under water and make special demands on the construction work due to high material loads.

About BAM

BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.

As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes. BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.

Safety creates markets

BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany“.

About BSH

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is the central maritime authority of the Federal Republic of Germany. BSH is responsible to the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, has its offices in Hamburg and Rostock and as a partner to maritime shipping, environmental protection and maritime use, supports the maritime industry, promotes safety on and the sustainable use of the seas, provides expert information about the status of the North and Baltic Seas and strengthens environmental protection through monitoring.


Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)
Susanne Kehrhahn-Eyrich
T: +49 40 3190- 1010/-1011