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Decentralized energy supply – one of the keys to the energy turnaround

Germany’s climate goals cannot be realized without the great potential for savings that decentralized power and heat generation offer in industry, trade and agriculture.

Hanover, 14 November 2016 – Combined heat and power (CHP) generation as a highly efficient production technology can make a crucial contribution to the energy turnaround and to climate protection. This is the case in Germany as well as throughout Europe, where there is still substantial potential. However, as in particular impulses for climate protection from emission trading are not forthcoming, it is right and important that a stable framework for important areas of application has become effective again with the German CHP Act recently notified by the EU. The framework conditions for promoting combined heat and power plant up to one megawatt have now been specified. There are transitional conditions for larger plants. “The sector in Germany has been waiting for this for a long time; it will now receive the stimulus hoped for”, says VDMA Power Systems General Manager, Matthias Zelinger, at Energy Decentral in Hanover.

The manufacturers of CHP plants have developed their products further. Cost-efficient and flexible solutions with optimized service concepts are an important supplement to the increasing electricity generation from wind power and solar energy. Together with the hoped for tendering for new and modernized biogas plants as regulated in the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and scheduled to begin in 2017, a framework has thus been set for further expansion of decentralized plant for heat and power generation. “After all, one thing is clear. Germany’s climate goals cannot be maintained without greater increase in CHP plant capacity and without securing those plants that have been established in the biogas sector in the last few years”, says Matthias Zelinger. Manufacturers expect the highest growth rate in industries that need not only electricity, but also heat for their processes. The food production industry is a good example of this.

“In the next few years it will be important to dismantle existing hurdles for expanding CHP in Germany and Europe”, stresses Zelinger. “We are working to create further momentum – on the one hand by tendering for CHP plants of more than one megawatt that will take place in Germany next year, and on the other hand by the EU’s heating and cooling strategy.”
About VDMA Power Systems
VDMA Power Systems is a sector association in the German Engineering Association (VDMA). It represents the interests of the manufacturers of wind power and hydropower systems, thermal turbines and power stations and motor/engine facilities at home and abroad, serving them as an information and communications platform for all topics of interest to the industries, such as energy policy, legislation, market analyses, trade fairs, norming, standardization, and press and public relations work.
About VDMA e.V.
The German Engineering Association (VDMA) represents over 3,100 mainly medium-sized member companies in the capital goods industry (machinery manufacture and plant engineering) and is thus one of the strongest and most important industrial associations in Europe. Machinery manufacture and plant engineering is a key technology and the driving force for the economy. With a workforce of 1,003,000 in Germany (January 2015), the sector is the largest industrial employer. Around 76 per cent of German production is exported. With a sales volume of Euro 218 billion (2015), it is one of Germany’s leading industrial sectors.


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