Where the wind always blows

Upwind in the city

Bremerhaven today serves as a model for successful structural change. Thousands of new jobs in the entire value chain have been created in the context of the well-designed location strategy for the offshore wind industry initiated by the Bremerhaven Economic Development Agency (BIS).

The industry has made its home on the river Weser and, in the largest city on Germany’s North Sea coast, is finding superb conditions for further growth. From here, nacelles, rotor blades, towers, foundations and even complete transformer substations can be shipped out to sea quickly and cost-effectively – to destinations around the world or directly to wind farm construction sites at sea.

Complete location development

BIS recognised early on both the great market potential of offshore wind energy and Bremerhaven’s ideal location as a production site for the entire industry.

Since 2001, the framework conditions for supporting the fledgling offshore wind sector have been developed in a process agreed upon by the State of Bremen and the City of Bremerhaven and with cross-party consensus. At the same time the WAB Wind Energy Agency was set up, BIS and the city were quickly able to make good sites available for testing the turbines to be used offshore.

Heavy-load quays were constructed to ship components from the Labradorhafen port in the south of the city. A plan was laid out for the new industrial estates of Luneort and Luneplate directly adjacent to the port. Manufacturers and producers Adwen, Senvion and PowerBlades have in the meantime located their plants there.

A large number of specialist suppliers have joined them. A range of measures was installed to ensure that industrial needs were met in terms of research support and development and to train and qualify skilled workers. A landmark event in this regard was the establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Systems Technology (IWES) here in 2009.

More space for the future

In the north of the city, harbour and logistics areas were created on the ABC-Halbinsel peninsula and the southern part of the container terminal’s grounds. Bremerhaven has re-invented itself by drawing on its maritime strengths and applying these to its focus on the development of offshore wind energy. Bremerhaven is not only making an important contribution towards climate protection and the supply of energy from renewable sources. It is also dealing with issues that are at the top of the list for politicians and the industry.

In future, this city by the sea will meet the demands of the offshore wind industry with a new heavy-load terminal (Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven, OTB) and additional infrastructure.

Offshore wind has arrived in Bremerhaven. And it is providing a fresh impetus. The Internet portal “Klimastadt Bremerhaven”, for instance, is a network of various activities in sustainable energy production. This is creating a new approach for the future which can guide the actions of the city, its industry and its people.