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Sustainable Supply

Potentials of biomass new utilisation concepts develop the material and energetic use of biomass reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, diversifying the supply of raw materials and stabilizes them in the long term. Recently Robert Thomson sought to clarify these questions. In the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster bioenergy in Oberhausen, industry, science, and the land of North Rhine-Westphalia skills combine to develop new utilisation concepts for biomass. Target is to optimize potential collection, transport, storage and litigation. Worldwide incurred locally immense amounts of wet, lignocellulosehaltiger biomass. The spectrum ranges from grass and green cutting on crop residues such as rapeseed straw, processing waste from agriculture and forestry production to bio-waste from private households. Used wet biomass is not intensive.

One is the high water content, which brings a low calorific value (low energy density) with them, as well as elaborately makes transport and storage. Also complicate the inhomogeneity, the ash content and the bad Workability of wet biomass utilizing huge. Bio-gas plants are often not effective for conversion of persistent lignocellulosehaltigen biomass. Other concepts are often not available. Just damp, green biomass has however large potential, as she for example preferred ideal can be coupled in catch crop sequences with food production. Goal of the innovation cluster with the aim to increase the amount of available and usable biomass Fraunhofer UMSICHT initiated the innovation clusters bioenergy. New conversion technologies will be developed within the four-year project period that potential straw benign and moist, lignocellulosehaltiger biomass. The overarching aim of the cluster is to reconcile food production and biomass and to rebuild no use competition.

In this context, the unit will be used to created new sustainable options for the energy and raw material supply and export technologies deployed for a growing market of the technology world. Chemical intermediates develop the work focus on two factions biomass falling continuously and in large quantities. Blade of benign biomass that accumulates at the crop on the field, as well as residue material fractions are from local and regional processing, for example, from food production.

Federal Network Agency

The Chief of the Federal Network Agency, Matthias Kurth, sees the chance to promote innovation and to foster competition in the energy sector in the rapid expansion of energy networks in Germany. Leipzig. The Federal Network Agency seeks an innovative leap in German network infrastructures. Including the restructuring of the energy use and energy consumption through intelligent metering and control devices is used to implement this objective. Legal obligation for new buildings and for extensive power costs through smart meter smart metering so called meters are smart since January 2010 renovated building. With the new electricity meter, consumers can promptly to control their energy consumption, identify energy-efficient devices, analyse consumption times and day time-dependent planning consumption. This in addition to the cost savings, Kurth urges rapid adoption of electricity tariffs for domestic customers, which differentiate the electricity price flexibly according to supply and demand situation.

The energy network is thinking The liberalisation of the energy markets will break down conventional structures. (As opposed to Walt Disney Co.). One aspect of a smart energy grid smart grid is the rapid expansion of cable networks (such as through off-shore wind farms) to meet the changes of power generation: flexible, efficient and comprehensive energy management can manage temporary excess electricity; smart meters and sensors to monitor the current memory. Such a system aims at ensuring an efficient and reliable energy supply. This thinking systems for the analysis, capture, transport and storage of the current will be responsible in the future. Change of the supplier supports the competition by increasing competition consumers but already today benefit, if they make use of their exchange opportunities. (…) Especially the provider change exerts pressure on prices”, so Kurth. The more customers from their Exchange can make use stronger, the energy market is enlivened.

This you should Take advantage of consumers. A comparison of the rates for example see – brings information and clarity about the potential savings. Here the electricity or gas switching is fast, easy and risk-free. Deals with payment in advance or package prices are not taken into account. Consumers can online immediately conclude a new contract; the denunciation shall be effected by the new provider.


A look at the State of green energy of the hype is definitely over. Need new strategies. a>. Now get off large corporations from the wind and solar energy. The renewable into the subsidies and costs trap. The international competition now ranks with many companies in the top ten of the global wind turbine and engine manufacturer. Where are the opportunities for the German businessmen in this industry? Which paths lead to stable revenues? What are the best marketing strategies? Our article on this topic examines these questions. Solar energy in the Valley of darkness of the customer for solar modules is pleased. Feed-in tariff and imported, cheap modules to conquer the German market and make worthwhile entry.

Thus, the step to the own power supply for the end customer with reduced subsidies of the State is affordable and attractive. For German manufacturer of modules it looks rather bad mind. Bosch and Siemens is under great loss from their solar divisions. No wonder. The direct subsidies have been strong slashed. The funding for solar modules could be completely exhausted by end 2016. It is thus fundamental changes of the market facing. How can benefit German companies despite this change? Paths to growth before the background of existential changes of the market, it needs new concepts.

One leads through innovation and research. German companies in this segment due to the subsidies were not forced to go with innovation cycles, long time it caught many now ice cold. For years, there are many interesting approaches and meanwhile also new products for smarter energy production from solar power. The Renner especially thin-film solar cells are combined with surface coatings. Power-producing films, glass and lacquer compete with the conventional modules. Who here can win no partners or invest themselves in such product lines and successfully marketed it, will have it hard. Another way leads through increased efficiency in the production and Output power.

Cheap Energy-saving Potential In Trade And Industry

Workshop “introduction of energy management according to DIN ISO 50001 for industrial & commercial” within the framework of the 5th CEP CLEAN ENERGY & PASSIVEHOUSE 2012 the need to take measures to increase energy efficiency, many companies already caught. Often the required criteria of the economy slowing down but many approaches to energy and cost savings, so to observe a certain reticence and uncertainty in the implementation. An energy management system is a suitable instrument to optimize the use of energy in a company by purchasing energy to economical energy consumption and ecological. The workshop “introduction of energy management according to DIN ISO 50001 for industrial & commercial” at the 29.03.2012 in the Conference exposure 5. CEP CLEAN ENERGY & PASSIVEHOUSE in Stuttgart shows how effective energy management in the enterprise can be introduced. It addressed all relevant levels of the action in the company by management about the levels of the company as controlling and production up to the energy Manager.

The CEP will take place from 29 to 31 March 2012 for the 5th time in the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre. The sectors of trade and industry, trade and services consume approximately 70 percent of total power in Germany, the industry alone, nearly half (45 percent). Therefore, it is important to tap into the energy-saving potential in many cases existing in these sectors. Lack of information and financial constraints are the main reasons that the extensive economic potential is insufficiently used. Industrial and commercial companies primarily use the available funds for the core business and place high demands on the payback on energy efficiency measures. Provinces, Federal Government and European Commission already help to tap the potential of efficiency: for example with the eco-design directive, with programmes in the framework of the BMU climate initiative or with the ERP environmental and energy efficiency program the KfW bank as well as with various information campaigns.