Practical week for students

Students at the wind turbine manufacturer Enercon
Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Descher explains different parts of a wind tunnel
Students visit the 8 MW-offshore turbine ADWEN 8-180

From 8-13 September 2019 the second practical week for students of the Online M.Sc. Wind Energy System took place. Besides the offer of an internship in Germany of five or nine weeks, this is an opportunity for online students from all over the world to get to know different German research and industrial locations of the wind energy industry.

The Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems ( is a Master's program offered completely in virtual classrooms in English. "We want to give our students the opportunity to get to know each other personally during the practical week and to exchange professional and content information analogously," says course coordinator and project manager Dr. rer. pol. André Bisevic. "During this week, students have the rare opportunity to network with researchers from various Fraunhofer Institutes and companies in the wind energy sector," adds Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Detlef Kuhl, head of the course of studies and of the institute for mechanics and dynamics at the University of Kassel.

During their stay in Germany, the students jointly visited the laboratory facilities of various lecturers at the University of Kassel as well as the research laboratories for the grid integration of wind energy of the Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel. At the Söhrewald wind farm in the Kassel region, the students first visited a wind tower. During their subsequent visit to the 200-meter-high measuring mast in Wolfhagen-Nothfelden, researchers from Fraunhofer IEE informed them about the special features of wind farms in uneven terrain.

At Enercon, Germany's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in Aurich, the students were informed about their career opportunities in the company and were given an exclusive tour of the rotor blade production hall. At the research site of Fraunhofer IWES in Bremerhaven, the students visited the modern offshore wind turbine of the Spanish manufacturer ADWEN and the rotor blade test center, in which full blade fatigue tests are carried out. The participants of the trip also gained insight into the dynamic nacelle testing laboratory DyNaLab of the IWES. The visit to the interactive museum Klimahaus in Bremerhaven was also part of the program and informed the students about the weather, climate zones as well as the causes and consequences of climate change.

The practical week ended with the Recruiting Day at the national wind fair in Husum. Every two years, companies along the entire value chain and the life cycle of wind turbines present themselves at Husum Wind. Thus, the fair offers its visitors the opportunity to network further and to inform themselves about professional perspectives and career opportunities.

The participating students rated the practical week as an enriching and rewarding addition to their online studies. "I travelled from Buenos Aires to Kassel for the WES study trip and would do it again. I believe that the possibility to meet your fellow students and professors is very enriching for the online study program. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to meet the professionals and visit the laboratories that are at the vanguard of the wind energy industry. This combination of technical and social aspects makes the study trip really motivating for the people who are passionate about wind energy and technology. I would definitely recommend everyone to participate" the Argentinian Pedro Grasso sums up the experiences of the week. The Iranian Anahita Rahmanian reflects: "The study trip was a good opportunity not only to meet some professors and students of the program, but also to learn some facts about the manufacturing, testing and validation process of wind turbines and related subjects in the wind industry. Many thanks for the organization!"

The Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems is the result of a cooperation between the University of Kassel, the Fraunhofer IEE and IWES and various representatives of the wind industry. The pool of lecturers consists of all three areas. The practical week was sponsored by the Stifterverband and the Fraunhofer Academy.

Study Tour to Sites of the Wind Energy Industry and Research in Germany 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. will offer a practical phase starting in September 2018 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 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. 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 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 because of its orientation on highly relevant topics in the field of renewable energies. In this project also was developed. Wanka underlined the need for research and education in the wind energy sector. She mentioned our 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 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, 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 and the Fraunhofer IWES contact André Bisevic may be reached at