Offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines are advancing into new dimensions. BAM is conducting research into their safe operation.

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We make the next generation of wind turbines safe

Among renewable energies, wind energy will play a decisive role in ensuring that Germany achieves its goal of climate neutrality by 2045. But there are new challenges arising: The latest generation of offshore turbines are advancing into a new dimension of size. They reach heights of up to 260 metres, and the rotor blades alone have a greater wingspan than a wide-body jet. This places special demands on the material, which has to withstand storms, waves, currents and salt water.

BAM has been conducting comprehensive research into the safety of wind turbines for two decades. Our work helps support the energy transition of the Federal Government.

The focus of our research is on mechanically stressed components such as rotor blades, support structures and foundations. Our unique infrastructure for large component testing enables evaluation for strength, fatigue and durability.

In addition, BAM is conducting research into the use of innovative lightweight materials and higher-strength steels to optimise welding techniques on wind turbines, which at the same time have the potential to save CO2 in the material.

Research into turbine monitoring using sensor-based measurement technology and innovative NDT applications such as passive thermography complete our portfolio. This makes BAM a strong partner for industry and science in the field of wind energy.

Our services and competences

  • Mechanical tests by means of special large-scale testing facilities
  • Fatigue testing for large components
  • Simulation of installation processes
  • Lightweight construction with high-strength steels to optimise component stresses
  • Development of automated manufacturing concepts of foundation structures - digitalisation of the manufacturing and inspection chain
  • Increasing economic efficiency and safety through reproducible production concepts
  • Concepts for generative manufacturing of high-strength components
  • Damage analysis
  • Development of repair concepts
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Inspection planning and digital data modelling
  • Lifetime extension concepts

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