The World of Energy Solutions 2015 focuses on the interaction between the energy and mobility technologies.
The trade fair World of Energy Solutions opened recently with an extensive offering. The trade fair, conference, seminars and Ride & Drive program provide practical insights into current developments in the field of emission-free energy and mobility technologies, with in-depth presentations of products and research results from the sectors of battery and battery production, hydrogen and fuel cell technology and e-mobility. Further topics include marketing, production, infrastructure, financing and research & development. The main emphasis in 2015 is on mobile applications and e-mobility.
Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, remarked in his opening speech: “We need tomorrow’s mobility to be environmentally and climate-friendly, and above all we need renewable energy and intermediate storage possibilities and we must convert heating systems in buildings to new and efficient technologies. We have to bid farewell to fossil fuels and use renewable energy as efficiently as possible.”
Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg explains: “Climate protection is one of the central political challenges. This is where mobility development must make a relevant contribution, because the mobility sector produces about one third of CO2-emissions. At the same time, transport and mobility are preconditions for employment and prosperity. Therefore, sustainable mobility is a central key to handle climate-related challenges and care for the citizens’ quality of life.”
Battery technology as key issue
The VDMA Battery Production Association published its latest business climate survey to coincide with the World of Energy Solutions. One of its conclusions according to Dr. Eric Maiser, Head of VDMA Battery Production: the German machinery and plant builders have established themselves in the highly competitive battery production market and even the customer sector is gaining ground. “Our new
business climate survey shows that the equipment suppliers of factories for electrical energy storage expect continuous revenue growth of more than ten percent in 2016. Another important outcome is that more than 65% of machines and equipment from German supplies are exported to Asia and North America, the worldwide leading markets. Especially with respect to battery cell production it is crucial, how Germany positions itself now. The equipment makers would completely lag behind their international competitors, if they waited for the next battery generation. The race for the best production technology is fully underway – in Stuttgart we will discuss the best strategies to cope with that,” explained Dr. Eric Maiser.
Hydrogen and fuel cell technology
The mobile and stationary applications of hydrogen as a clean fuel are explored exhaustively at Stuttgart. The products on show range from fuel cell cars and fuel cell drives for e-buses and innovative H2 infrastructures to power-to-gas technologies. Special attention is devoted to cost-saving processes and production methods. ElringKlinger, for instance, presents efficient fuel cell stacks in the low- and high-temperature range. Exhibitors like Hydrogenics, ads-tec, Viessmann, Areva H2Gen or the North Rhine Westphalia pavilion show innovations in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The winners of the f-cell award 2015 – the fuel cell innovation prize – will be announced during the evening event and their special innovative achievements duly honored.
The Netherlands as partner country
The Netherlands is the official partner country of the trade fair in 2015. With the European assembly location of TESLA in Tilburg, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Automotive Campus in Helmond, capacities for the development, manufacture and production of electrically powered vehicles is concentrated in the Netherlands. A current example is the an electric touring motorcycle by STORM Eindhoven, which will tour the world in 2016. A young team of 34 engineers from Eindhoven University of Technology developed the electric motorcycle in less than a year. Its qualities: intuitive operation, modular battery system and a 380-km range. Opened in September, the second Tesla factory in Tilburg is already working on an industrial scale with a capacity of 450 S models per week. The Netherlands also provides impetus for hydrogen and charging infrastructures and e-mobility services. Energy providers and grid operators like ENEXIS, Hydrogen Efficiency Technologies, BMW Netherlands and Rotterdam University present path-breaking projects and plans in their talks at the conference. One example: the province of North Brabant shows how regional alliances can assume a key role in the development of charging infrastructures.
The World of Energy Solutions is the key event for the energy and mobility turnaround: every October three intensive days of trade fair, conference, seminars, workshops, and matchmaking events create a unique network and focused outlook on developments in the battery and energy storage area, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and electric mobility. Since 2012, the BATTERY+STORAGE, e-mobility solutions and f-cell have been drawing together potentials and networks at the the trade fair. The event is a joint project of e-mobil BW GmbH, Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH, and Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH.