schilderThe beginnings of the IWR go back to the activities of IWR- director Dr. Norbert Allnoch who has been engaged with renewable energy since 1982. The oil crisis in the early eighties and the search for new technologies for energy production triggered Allnoch’s interest.

Windfarm in USA - the cruicial experience
The director had read about wind turbines of the MW-class located in the USA. On the occasion of a U.S. visit, Allnoch by chance passed by the wind farm in the U.S. State of Washington. The location with three MOD-2 wind turbines was situated near Goodnoe Hills at the Columbia River. The wind turbines had been built by Boeing and a visit to the aircraft manufacturer in Seattle proved to be a crucial experience for Allnoch with respect to future activities in the field of renewable technology.

The fascination to develop renewable plants, to produce them industrially and to be able to extend this technology to an economic factor like with the automobile industry has been Allnoch’s basic guideline ever since. The foundation of the IWR, institute for renewable energy in 1996 stresses this guideline notably.

IWR milestones and contributions to the development of the renewable energy industry

RENIXX World stock index, after Reuters, also available on Bloomberg terminals in all financial centres world-wide
Design and development of a quantitative efficiency index to measure energy-efficiency progress in countries, states and regions
Development of a SLAM® concept for the energy-efficiency industry in NRW. Based on the situational analysis and objectives, quantitative and qualitative measures were derived for attainment of goals for the four core areas of efficiency use, business, research and education.
2014 Japanese ministerial delegations from Tokyo learn from the IWR about the development and structure of a renewable energy industry.
The new SLAM® - Standard Location Asset Model - from the IWR is an analytical and control tool for industries in regions. Standardised procedures and tools for holistic analysis, evaluation and control of assets or core areas of expertise among sectors in particular locations, regions and industries. Incentive for environmental and climate protection and business promotion: based on a 4-plank concept, the SLAM mix displays the measures and strategies needed to strengthen a particular location.
Further background and publications:
Allnoch, N (2014) : SLAM concept – an analytical and control tool for industries, in: Monthly Report of the Renewable Energy Industry (ISSN 1867-3279) 02/2014, S. 5 - 6. (German)
NRW study "The status of the Renewable Energy Industry in NRW, p. 3 
2012 Award to Dr. Norbert Allnoch of the Reineccius medal for lateral thinkers and pioneers. The award was given in recognition of his many decades of work on "improvements in our globalised world" and his commitment to a "holistic, economically viable and ecological energy supply of the future."
World record: HP output in Germany over 20,000 MW for the first time – IWR report: very high international media response on all five continents (Medienspiegel).
2011 IWR development of master-plan concept for the renewable energy industry on the IWR definition with the four guiding parameters, using the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as an example.
2011 Launch: mediation centre for renewable energies, conflict solving, meeting chairing.
Definition of renewable energy industry – further development of holistic system approach from 1995 to include research and development: renewable-energy industry as interdisciplinary approach and target-system mix, consisting of four guiding parameters: "energy and environment", "business", "research" and "education."
2010 Following an invitation by President Calderon of Mexico, presentation of the CERINA Plan investment model in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
2009 Development of the CERINA Plan (CO2 Emissions and Renewable Investment Action Plan) as an investment-based alternative to the Kyoto Protocol with its limitation approach.
Climate: global CO2 emissions, first country-based comparison 1990 versus 2008 and new IWR investment approach in run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen: very high international media response to IWR report (examples: Reuters with Table editions in USA, India, Japan, etc., further countries of Brazil, Brasil2, Italy, Spain, El Salvador, Romania, and many more.
2007 Study: "The state of the renewable-energy industry in NRW", PDF-download Studie Zur Lage der Regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW 2007 of the study
2007 IWR director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and the Norwegian Energy Minister Åslaug Haga about renewable energies
2006 RENIXX-World stock index
Design and realisation of RENIXX World, the world's first renewable-energy stock index (Renewable Energy Industrial Index), which tracks the performance of the world's 30 leading listed companies in the pioneering field of the renewable-energy industry.
2004 Development of the IWR Business Climate Index for the Renewable Energy Industry – current business situation and expectations of industrial and service companies.
2003 First sector-based study on "The state of the renewable-energy industry" for a German state (NRW) in the fields of "energy and climate change" and "industrial policy." More… (German)
2000 World's first published scenario on development of renewable energies up to 2010. More… (German)
2000 Establishment of IWR Company Network - the network for the renewable-energy industry (German)
1999 BMU study: "Climate protection through use of renewable energies" (German)
1996 Foundation of the IWR, a renewable-energy institute.
1995 Definition of "renewable-energy industry" as a coin with two sides, 'energy and environment' and 'industry.'
1994 First published wind-year analysis for wind year 1993; basis: procedure developed to incorporate current annual wind-farm output into a median multi-year figure.
1994 First published autumn report: on the state of wind-power utilisation in Germany 1994-95
1992 Development of first digital, GIS-supported area-analysis procedure for designation of sites for use of wind power, taking spatial use into account, later realisation: City of Dortmund
1991 First published wind-power market analysis: the market for network-coupled wind farms in Germany (status: 1990).
1988 Set-up of first site-database for wind farms in Germany for market analyses
1982 Consequences of the oil crisis: idea of a renewable-energy industry and wind-power sector for Germany – A visit to Boeing