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Young skilled workers for the wind energy sector


Students get to know a variety of regional and supra-regional companies and research institutions in the field of renewable energies on excursions.

In times of energy crisis, the expansion of renewable energies is of enormous importance. The high demand for skilled workers contrasts with a lack of qualified young people. Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences provides training for this important sector. In doing so, it brings its students in the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies and Wind Energy Technology degree programmes and the Maritime Technologies specialisation in the Engineering degree programme together with companies in the region. 

This year's three-day excursion took students to seven companies and research institutions: SWB's Bremen hydroelectric power plant, Deutsche Windtechnik AG in Bremen, the Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics GmbH (BIBA) at the University of Bremen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) in Bremerhaven, Untergrund Speicher Blexen GmbH, Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH of the Prysmian Group in Nordenham and Steelwind Nordenham GmbH.

"We want to enable our students to look into their professional future after graduation at an early stage. During our excursions they can find out whether the companies and institutions are potential employers for them and whether they would prefer to work in research or in industry," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Fichter. Topics for final theses can also be assigned during the visits. 

In the modern world, life without electricity is unimaginable. One source of energy that should not be underestimated and can be used in many ways is the sea. The extreme environmental conditions of the open sea place high demands on technology and maintenance, and require new and further developments. Graduates of the specialisation in Maritime Technologies in the degree programme Engineering have a wide range of fields of application in the technological use of the sea. The field of wind energy enables employment in the development, planning and operation of plants and parks on land and at sea. 

The Master's programme in Wind Energy Technology imparts knowledge about the wind turbine system as a whole. The individual components of the turbine and their interaction are dealt with in the module groups of turbine technology, drive train and support structures. Wind farm planning with the planning and operation of wind farms addresses the requirements of the market. With the Management module, students also receive further tools to later be able to work in management positions of projects and companies. In the respective areas, reference is also always made to the special challenges of offshore wind energy. 

Applications to study in Bremerhaven are still possible until 15 September.