Refining renewable energies

"This is how we imagine the future," explained GP Joule CEO O. Petersen to Energy Turnaround Minister J. P. Albrecht (centre); right: Exhibition boss A. Petersen
“This is how we imagine the future,” explained GP Joule CEO O. Petersen to Energy Turnaround Minister J. P. Albrecht (centre); right: Exhibition boss A. Petersen

“Let’s refine renewable energies – we as an industry would be ready.” With these words Mai-Inken Knackfuß, Managing Director of watt_2.0, opened the New Energy Days, which took place from 21 to 24 March 2019 in Husum. The H2.0 conference was the prelude to this event. More than 120 participants came to the NordseeCongressCentrum to inform themselves about a green hydrogen economy in the regions. This was complemented by the public trade fair New Energy Home and the trade fair New Energy Expert, which brought both consumers and experts up to date in the energy sector with a total of around 90 exhibitors.

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Energy storage systems are crucial

ESE, Halle 8b.
ESE, Halle 8b.

The core statements of Messe Düsseldorf were contradictory: On the one hand, Hans Werner Reinhard, the managing director of the trade fair company, explained: “A new industry is emerging here. […] We want to have the central platform for energy storage in Germany.” On the other hand, he stated that the exhibitor figures for 2019 were “rather in a horizontal movement”:

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The H2 engine is alive

H2 engine in the foyer of the Deutz head office in Cologne-Portz
H2 engine in the foyer of the Deutz head office in Cologne-Portz, © Deutz

For a long time it was very quiet around the H2 combustion engine. Only Keyou GmbH from Munich adhered to this technology. Now the team of former BMW employee and current Keyou managing director Thomas Korn is receiving support from a prominent source: Deutz AG signed a cooperation agreement with Keyou at the end of March 2019. In addition, the Cologne-based company announced that a first prototype using hydrogen as a fuel had already been developed.

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New contact person in Hannover

Basilios Triantafillos, © Deutsche Messe

The responsibilities of Deutsche Messe AG are changing: Benjamin Low, the former Global Director of the Hannover Messe, left the Lower Saxony trade fair company at the end of February 2019. His successor is Basilios Triantafillos, who previously headed Energy in Hanover. From now on, the graduate economist will be responsible for all energy topics as well as for compressed air and vacuum technology and global business and markets – in Hanover, but also in Asia and North and Central America.

Further change at SOLIDpower

Andreas Ballhausen
Andreas Ballhausen

The SOLIDpower Group does not come to rest. After Alberto Ravagni left SOLIDpower S.p.A. in mid-February 2019 and made way for Dr. Andreas Pichler, who is from Austria, as the new Managing Director, Andreas Ballhausen also left SOLIDpower GmbH at the end of March 2019. He was replaced by Gerald Neuwirth, who will henceforth steer the fortunes of the German company as Managing Director and Sales Director of the Australian-German-Italian Group.

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New CEP boss is Starr

T. Bystry (l.) and J. Starr - CEP predecessor and successor
T. Bystry (l.) and J. Starr – CEP predecessor and successor

The election of the new chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) had already taken place during the New Energy Days in Husum, but the first public appearance took place in Hannover. At the Public Forum of Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Europe the baton handover took place: Thomas Bystry, who took early retirement from Shell in May 2019, led the initiative for over three years.

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New stack for H2Bus project

Ballard’s new FCmove™-HD high performance fuel cell module for buses
Ballard’s new FCmove™-HD high performance fuel cell module for buses, © Ballard

The Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems presented a new fuel cell stack at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, in mid-June 2019. The FCmoveTM-HD is specifically designed for the Heavy Duty Motive Market. According to the manufacturer, the compact, robust stack enables significantly more cost-effective operation and higher reliability with 50 percent fewer parts (40 percent volume and 35 percent weight reduction).

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Hydrogen will come

Exciting discussion about batteries and technology openness in the Electric Lounge
Exciting discussion about batteries and technology openness in the Electric Lounge

It was full in Hannover, at least so full that almost all the halls on the exhibition grounds were occupied. Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, put the number of exhibitors at 6,500 – just as high as in the comparable year 2017. At 215,000, the number of visitors was somewhat higher than in 2018, but significantly lower than two years ago.

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Vote for a two-energy source system

DWV management
The DWV management extended by one observer (5th f. r.)

The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) took a decisive step during this year’s general meeting on 14 May 2019 to be able to make a stronger commitment in the future to the development of a green energy industry based on hydrogen as an energy source.

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