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Kischel H.,VDMA
Glass International | Year: 2011

GPlnnovation in Potsdam, Germany, has developed a new process for thermoforming of glass that are making new inroads into the new applications of glass. It is unique process for producing complex shaped, thin-walled glass parts for demanding applications. The parts of a maximum size of 850mm × 550mm can be formed with the new technology. Glass thickness can be between 0.3 and 40mm and the size of parts will increase to 2 × 1 meter. The machinery required for the thermoforming process was provided by Linn High Therm, a German company, specialized industrial furnaces, assisted GPlnnovation in the development stages and holds a 13% share in GPlnnovation. The higher quality glass offers substantial advantages over plastics such as it is more temperature and scratch-resistant and more resistant to chemicals, and more transparent with higher quality as a whole. Source


Kusnezoff M.,Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems | Michaelis A.,Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems | Schiel J.,VDMA
CFI Ceramic Forum International | Year: 2013

Fuel cell stand for future energy conversion technology with the highest efficiency. Different fuel cell concepts are currently considered for portable, mobile and stationary applications. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are very important for distributed stationary power generation. Source


Krieger G.,VDMA | Pullen A.,Global Wind Energy Council
BWK - Energie-Fachmagazin | Year: 2010

A discussion covers wind energy and the Husum WindEnergy 2010 trade fair (Husum September 21-25, 2010). The significance of wind energy for the power supply and climate protection in Europe in the coming 20 yr will clearly increase with the use of the large offshore potential. This positive development is reflected at the Husum trade fair where over 800 exhibitors from over 30 countries make presentations. Exhibition space of 43,000 sq m is 43% more than that of the 2008 fair. The interest of thee fair includes the manufacture of offshore steel towers, rotor blades, development of wind parks, and construction of special ships involved in wind parks development. According to wind energy manufacturers, by 2030 wind energy will contribute almost 25% of the overall electric power generation in the EU-27. Germany in this space of time will triple its wind energy facility capacity and the EU will increase it by five times. Up to now, modernization of wind energy facilities has not been of the moment but now becomes significant. Global growth in wind energy use is expected. Strong growth in wind energy use is expected in the booming markets of the USA and China, and also in Latin America and Africa. In the coming 5 yr the global increase in wind energy is expected to be from 38 to 63 Gw/yr and by 2014 the total installed output to be over 400 Gw. Worldwide by 2030 about 25-30% of the power consumed is expected to be from wind energy. New build and repowering of existing wind energy facilities are expected to receive a strong impulse in Germany. By 2020 it is expected there will be 45 Gw generated from wind energy on land and 10 Gw from offshore in Germany. In the coming years bottlenecks in the transmission of offshore wind energy from northern Germany to the consumption centers in the south must be overcome by expansion of transmission grids. Also, challenges as to days of calm and of storms at sea must be met to guarantee the supply of power reliably. Source


Schnittler V.,Geschaftsbereichsleiter | Ruth W.,VDMA
Productivity Management | Year: 2010

For many years the world was organized in a set way: SAP's ERP-System performed the sales and production planning using production master data until the production order is generated. On the other hand, everything that happened on the shop floor was left to specialists. These specialists are medium-sized software suppliers that offer more or less standardized MES software packages for operational fine planning and control center functions for BDE/MDE and quality management. Volker Schnittler, expert for ERP and PPS at VDMA, and Wolfgang Rueth, supervisor for 15 years for logistic and production projects within SAP-context, answer the given question. © GITO-Verlag. Source


Offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went online in 2015. This demonstrates the capability of the German offshore wind industry and meets the expectations expressed at the beginning of 2015. This will however initially remain a unique record, as it is based on the catch-up effects of grid connection. The industry considers reliable, continuous expansion as a basis for more climate protection and value creation more important in the long term than any one-off records. To achieve such continuity it is necessary that the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016 and the Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP) 2025 are properly coordinated. Berlin, 18 January 2016 – 546 offshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 2,282.4 megawatts went on grid in Germany last year. This brings the total number of turbines connected to the grid by 31 December 2015 up to 792, with a combined capacity of 3,294.9 megawatts. A further 41 wind turbines with 246 megawatts of power were fully erected in the past year, but are not yet feeding in to the grid.122 foundations were build offshore in 2015, for wind turbines to be installed in 2016. These figures have been published by Deutsche WindGuard in its Status of Offshore Wind Energy Development in Germany, commissioned by the Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy (AGOW), the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW), VDMA Power Systems and the German Wind Energy Agency (WAB). According to the working group AG Energiebilanzen, offshore wind turbines produced over 8 terawatt hours of electricity in 2015. This is enough to cover the power consumption of over 2 million households or around 1.4 percent of the gross electricity generation in Germany. Continuous expansion: the basis for technological leadership and export The offshore wind industry considers the unusually high level of expansion over the past year to be an exceptional phenomenon. This is due to problems and delays with the completion of offshore grid connections since 2013 that could only be resolved last year. The industry forecasts additional capacity of around 700 megawatts in 2016. The foundations for a sustainable domestic market will be laid in the new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2016. The unanimous opinion of the industry is that “The key points set by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) for the EEG 2016 establish an intermediate expansion target of 11,000 megawatts in 2025. This would mean an annual expansion of bare 700 megawatts, but it will take a continuous annual expansion volume of at least 900 megawatts from 2021 onwards to create a basis which would make it possible to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy, secure value creation and industrial production in Germany, and make a long term, effective contribution to security of supply”. Proper design of the tendering process and acceleration of grid expansion Crucial for the design of the future tendering system will be what the transition and start phases up to the mid 2020s look like, during which the tendering process will be introduced. They must be sensitively designed conform with industry needs in terms of volume, frequency and duration. It is also necessary to set a transitional period of at least four years and have more than one call for tenders during this period. Something that is also problematical when creating a tendering design for offshore wind energy is the threatened withdrawal of planning permission without adequate compensation. This would question the legal certainty for developed projects and severely limit planning security also for future investments. In order to avoid grave fluctuations in the expansion of offshore wind energy with stoppage phases and record years like 2015, the Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP) 2025 must also take the offshore wind energy expansion into consideration sufficiently and in good time. The first draft by the transmission system operators for O-NEP 2025 must at least be adjusted to the key points of the EEG 2016, and should for grid capacity take into account the expansion targets, including adequate safety buffers. This is necessary in order to ensure the continuity of expansion. The offshore wind industry stands shoulder to shoulder with the onshore wind industry in rejecting the BMWi’s formula, whereby the expansion volume of onshore wind energy would be used as a volatile correction factor for the expansion of renewable energy. Onshore wind energy would be capped according to the formula, when other technologies, like offshore wind energy, meet their targets. The formula has strongly unsettled the renewables sector. “All technologies are dependent on long term planning and reliable targets”, emphasise the five industry associations. The results of the Paris climate conference (COP 21), which represent a logical extension of the climate protection agreements reached at the G20 meeting in Elmau, must be integrated into future national targets. The setting of the binding 2-degree target (and the ambitious possible reduction to only 1.5 degrees) requires further consistent and ambitious expansion of renewable energy in Germany. The offshore industry can make an important contribution here. The federal government could make this possible with the announced amendment of the EEG 2016. About the annual figures in “Status of Offshore Wind Energy Development in Germany” The Deutsche WindGuard analysis has collected data for the expansion of offshore wind energy separate from onshore wind energy since 2012. Their clients are VDMA Power Systems, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (SOW), the Wind Energy Agency (WAB), and the Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy (AGOW). The 2015 figures for onshore wind energy will be published on 27 January 2016. The Working Group for Offshore Wind Energy e.V. (AGOW) currently has 14 member enterprises involved in building and operating offshore wind farms. AGOW thus represents all the companies that build or operate wind farms in the German North and Baltic Seas, and those who have taken the relevant decisions. About Bundesverband Windenergie e.V. (BWE) As a member of the German Renewable Energy federation (BEE), the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), with over 20,000 members, represents the whole industry. Together, the suppliers and manufacturers anchored in the German engineering sector, project developers, specialist lawyers, the financial sector and enterprises from the logistics and construction, service/maintenance, and storage technology sectors, electricity traders, grid operators and utility companies ensure that the BWE is the first point of contact for government, business, science and media for all questions concerning wind energy. About Stiftung OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE / German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation The non-profit German industry foundation for the use and research of offshore wind energy was founded in 2005 on the initiative of the industry and moderated by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear safety (BMU). The foundation’s aim is to consolidate the role of offshore wind energy in Germany and Europe’s future energy mix, and to promote its expansion in the interests of environment and climate protection. About VDMA Power Systems VDMA Power Systems is an association belonging to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA e.V.). This association represents the interests of the manufacturers of wind turbines, hydro power plants, thermal turbines and power plants, and engine systems at home and abroad. For all of these, VDMA Power Systems serves as the information and communication platform for industry topics such as energy policy, legislation, market studies, trade fairs, standardisation, and press and PR work. About WAB e.V. WAB e.V. (Wind Energy Agency) is the leading wind energy enterprise network in the north-western region and nationwide contact for the offshore wind industry in Germany. The association’s membership includes over 350 businesses and institutes from all segments of the wind industry, maritime industry and research facilities. New builds in 2015 Offshore wind turbines with grid feed-in 2,282.4 MW (2014: 492.2 MW) 546 turbines

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