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Study Tour to Sites of the Wind Energy Industry and Research in Germany

wes.online students in front of the rotor blade testing facilities

From September 24th to 28th 2018 students of the Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems (WES) at University of Kassel were invited to Germany to visit its wind energy industry and research locations. Alongside the option of doing a 5- or 9-week internship, this trip provides WES-students with another opportunity to get in contact with several companies and work locations in Germany.

During this practical phase, WES-students visited research labs in wind energy and grid integration at University of Kassel as well as the research institute Fraunhofer IEE. Furthermore, a planning engineer of Städtische Werke AG presented measurements of planning, construction, operation and management at the example of the wind farm Söhrewald – including 3 MW wind turbines from Vestas – before taking the students there for a visit.

At Enercon, the largest producer of wind turbines in Germany, students learned and talked about their career opportunities at the company before they received a guided tour through the production hall of rotor blades. The next day began with a tour through the rotor blade testing facilities at the research location of Fraunhofer IWES in Bremerhaven. Furthermore, they got the chance to visit their nacelle testing lab DyNaLAB and a modern 8 MW wind turbine from ADWEN, a Spanish wind turbine producer. After lunch, the students visited an exceptional museum – Bremerhavens Klimahaus (house of climate) – where they learned more about the climate overall, the weather as well as climate change.

At their last day, the students could obtain information about career prospects and opportunities at the so-called Recruiting Day of the WindEnergy Hamburg. This fair is a gathering point for people working in the wind energy sector across the globe.

The project-week was perceived positively and informative by the participating student. Moreover, including a project phase into an online-study program established an unique selling proposition on the education market in the wind energy sector. For these reasons, we want to integrate this project phase in Germany permanently into the Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems.

The research institute Fraunhofer IEE is a scientific cooperation partner of the Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems and some courses are being taught by their scientists.

The project phase has achieved financial support by the Stifterverband and the Fraunhofer Academy Strategyfunds. More information about the project week can be found at our website on the project phase.

Successful completion of the International Summer School

Participants of the ISU

This year’s theme of the International Summer University (ISU) was “Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems – Fundamentals, Technology and Practical Investigations”. Eight students from five countries around the world – Australia (Queensland), Turkey, South Africa, USA (Massachusetts) and Germany - came together at the University of Kassel.

The head of the institute of mechanics and dynamics and academic director of the ISU Prof. Dr.-Ing habil. Detlef Kuhl is pleased about the success of the course and thanks all students and lecturers for their participation.

wes.online will offer a practical phase starting in September 2018

wes.online participated successfully in a competition promoted by the “Stifterverband“, “Daimler-Fonds“ and “Daimler und Benz Stiftung“ with the project WindMINT. In this project a practical phase in Germany will be integrated in the online master’s program. The practical phase will be divided in two parts:

- a study trip week with stops in Kassel (University, Fraunhofer IEE), Bremerhaven (Fraunhofer IWES), Aurich (ENERCON) and Hamburg (Hamburg Wind Trade Fair)
- the offer of internships (5 or 9 weeks) at Fraunhofer Institutes, the University of Kassel and other business partners

The Team wes.online is already working on the realization of this project and looks forward to offer a trip to Germany and interesting business contacts to the online students.

wes.online on the conference “Aufstieg durch Bildung: offene Hochschulen“ in Berlin

The conference’s purpose was the presentation of results of the competition “Aufstieg durch Bildung: offene Hochschulen“ [1] . The aim of this competition is the development of advanced educational opportunities in line with demand. One in four German universities and colleges is participating in this development program. 30 master's programs were created and will go into normal operation. Our wes.online study program is already going into the third regular study year.

In the context of this conference the German Education Minister, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, gave a speech in which she emphasized the importance of advanced scientific education: “Advanced scientific education is central to the solution of social issues.“ Furthermore the minister praised the collaborative project mint.online because of its orientation on highly relevant topics in the field of renewable energies. In this project also wes.online was developed. Wanka underlined the need for research and education in the wind energy sector. She mentioned our wes.online study program as one good answer to this need.

If you are interested in the German speech of minister Wanka, please click here.


[1] In English: “Advancement through Education: open Universities“


The Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems Has Been Launched!

After four years of collaboration between the University of Kassel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), the international M.Sc. in Wind Energy Systems program was officially launched in November 2015. Students from Germany, Turkey and Switzerland enrolled in the program in the first semester.

The director of studies, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Kuhl, said that “The English-language program is particularly targeted at international students who wish to further their education in the field of wind energy systems, while working at the same time”. Dr.-Ing. Kurt Rohrig, who is the wes.online project director at the Fraunhofer IWES, and also a lecturer for the course 'Economic Aspects of Grid Integration' in the degree program, sees the launch of the online M. Sc. Wind Energy Systems as a great chance to take action against the urgent need for skilled workers in the growing global market for the onshore and offshore wind industry.

The goals of the program are achieved thanks to collaboration between the University of Kassel, which provides the basic knowledge necessary to the program, and Fraunhofer IWES which offers support in the areas of applied research, as well as the experience of industry experts. As a result of this collaboration, students may choose to participate in three different modules in the first semester. These modules include Electrical Engineering, Design of Mechanical and Electrical Components, and Mathematics. These modules are taught by professors from the University of Kassel, employees from Fraunhofer IWES, and employees from the company SMA.

For more information about the program, please visit www.uni-kassel.de/wes, where you will find information on the structure and content of the study program. The University of Kassel contact Daniela Gleim may be reached at daniela.gleim@uni-kassel.de and the Fraunhofer IWES contact André Bisevic may be reached at andre.bisevic@iwes.fraunhofer.de.