Solutions for the new world of energy at Intersolar Europe 2017

Saxony-Anhalt’s medium-sized companies focus on innovative processes to improve quality and lower costs

Magdeburg/Munich. Companies and scientific institutes from the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt wanting to expand their business opportunities on new markets, with innovative products and services for sustainable energy generation and energy supply, are attending the Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich, being held from 31 May to 2 June. At a joint stand in Hall A3 (Stand 560), organised by the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG), the exhibitors focused particularly on research and development for consumer-oriented products and decentralised solutions combining a variety of regenerative energy sources, storage technologies and intelligent control technology.

The small-to-medium-sized businesses from Saxony-Anhalt here not only benefit from close networking within the industry but also from the research environment with a total of around 10 industry-specific college and research facilities. Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt is also there are as a contact for industrial settlement, in Hall A3, Stand 658. Particularly attractive features of the region as a location of production and expertise, include low costs, employees’ high motivation regarding qualifications, the extremely swift approval procedures, reliability, flexibility and speed in project support. For example, the energy region Saxony-Anhalt wants to continue to assert its pre-eminent position in regenerative energies.

A prime example of the technological lead of small-and-medium-sized companies in Saxony-Anhalt is Silicon Products Bitterfeld GmbH & Co. KG, which operates a chemical-thermal production plant in the Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park, for the manufacturing of silicon and related products made from chlorosilanes. The company specialises in the production of silicon for photovoltaics and silicon-related products. Research and development in the field of the Siemens process for the production of low-cost and ultra-pure silicon is an essential unique selling point of the company. With its 90 employees, Silicon Products Bitterfeld GmbH & Co.KG has built up a global reputation in the business fields of silicon production, processing, recycling and research.

The project Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany (HYPOS), a network of companies from the energy sector, chemical industry and plant engineering, as well as universities and research institutions, with its headquarters in Halle(Saale), is working on the use of surplus green electricity to manufacture storable hydrogen. The aim: to become less dependent on petroleum and other fossil energy sources. The chemical process is not new, but HYPOS, with its 114 members, including Siemens, Linde AG, the gas network operator VNG and the electrolysis device manufacturer Kumatec, aims to make it cost-effective and safe. The intention is to use the green hydrogen as a transportable energy storage unit. This can be supplied via already existing pipelines to a large number of customers, such as into the still petroleum-based systems of the chemical industry. There, it is to be used as a base chemical for the manufacturing of plastics, fuels and intermediate products for the cosmetic industry. The project is funded with up to EUR 45 million by the German federal government as part of the “Twenty20 - Partnership for Innovation” programme, with the industry contributing its own share of EUR 25 million.

Other exhibitors at the Saxony-Anhalt joint stand also include e.g. Calyxo GmbH. The company recently launched a new generation of its CX3 series onto the market, with the thin-film solar modules CX3pro. The energy amortisation times for the new solar modules are below those of poly- and monocrystalline manufacturers.

More exhibitors from Saxony-Anhalt:

In addition to the state’s joint stand, many other companies and institutions from Saxony-Anhalt are presenting themselves at the Intersolar Europe 2017 and the ees Europe in Munich, being held at the same time.

These also include the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale), which is at the Intersolar as a partner of the companies. As part of its applied research, CSP is participating in the project Carbon Concrete Composite C3, currently the largest research project in German construction. The aim of research at CSP Halle is to achieve the optimum combination of this new kind of concrete with the generation of solar power. The interdisciplinary team has carried out research into three possible methods of combination. In the first approach, the solar modules are poured directly into concrete construction elements with corresponding recesses, so that they fit flush into frontages. The second possibility consists of laminating or gluing solar modules onto concrete slabs. As a third option, the solar modules can be attached with press studs or bolted connections. The researchers have already made one important discovery: the electricity yield increases if the frontages are not flat. If, in future, the walls of houses are to become little solar power stations, smaller, flexible solar modules could thus be the key to offering such solutions at sellable prices. The conditions for establishing the entirely new carbon concrete should be achieved by 2020.

Visit Saxony-Anhalt’s energy specialists at Intersolar Europe 2017 in Hall A3 Stand 560 and online at www.investieren-in-sachsen-anhalt.de/intersolar-europe-2017

An overview of the exhibitors at the joint stand

  • Hypos e.V., Halle (Saale); Open-topic network of the hydrogen industry, currently with 114 members; with bundled expertise in the green hydrogen industry
  • MaxxContact GmbH, Bitterfeld-Wolfen; Trading and manufacture of cables and wiring; photovoltaic systems; small wind turbine; e-mobility
  • Folienwerk Wolfen GmbH; 25 years of know-how in foil production "Made in Germany"; individual and sustainable; certified safety
  • Calyxo GmbH, Bitterfeld-Wolfen; Thin-film solar modules with extremely low temperature coefficient, higher yield than mono/poly panels; glass-glass panel; Made in Germany
  • Flying Inspection Service, Blankenburg; Thermographic inspection of PV plants from the air, by means of drone technology carrying high-resolution cameras
  • Silicon Products Bitterfeld GmbH &Co KG; Know-how and engineering services in the fields of silicon production, chlorosilane processing and photovoltaics.

More companies from Saxony-Anhalt at Intersolar Europe 2017


Background information on renewable energy in Saxony-Anhalt

In 2015, 13 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were generated from renewable energy sources in Saxony-Anhalt. That was 2 billion kilowatt hours more (+ 18 %) than in the previous year. Overall, the share of gross electricity generation accounted for by renewable energy sources rose to 54 percent (previous year: 48 %). The corresponding value for Germany was around 29 percent. Photovoltaics has developed into an important source of electricity among the renewable energies, and took third place, with an electricity production of 1.8 billion kilowatt hours and a share of 14 percent. Photovoltaics contributed a share of 8 percent to energy production as a whole. For further information click here.

According to a study recently submitted by the Institute of Economics Structures Research (GWS), commissioned by Saxony-Anhalt together with seven other federal states, renewable energy continues to be a job engine in Saxony-Anhalt. The study cast light on the development of employment figures in the years 2013 to 2015 and the economic stimuli arising from the expansion of renewable energy. According to the study, a total of 23,160 people were employed directly or indirectly in the field of renewable energy in Saxony Anhalt in 2015. In relative terms, this represents the highest effect on employment in comparison with all other German federal states. Saxony-Anhalt takes first place, substantially ahead of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg. The number of people employed in the renewable energy industry has, however, declined slightly in comparison with 2012, which is primarily due to the slump in the solar industry in the Bitterfeld area. Despite this, the sector continues to be important, employing over 2,000 people. In addition to the employment figures, sales are another important indicator. Here too, Saxony-Anhalt achieves a top result. The upgrading and operation of renewable energy plants brought economic stimuli amounting to 2.3 billion Euro.

Background information on Intersolar

From 31 May to 2 June, manufacturers, traders and service providers in Munich will be discussing the newest trends, technologies and products in the solar industry. Around 1,200 exhibitors from more than 40 countries have reserved their spaces on an exhibition area of 77,000 square metres, covering the themes of PV, energy storage, regenerative heat and products for smart renewable energy. The organisers are expecting more than 40,000 visitors. In parallel with the Intersolar Europe, the ees Europe, the trade fair for batteries and energy storage systems, will also be opening its doors to visitors, with around 370 exhibitors.

 

 

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