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HyTraGen: TU Chemnitz wants to realize hydrogen streetcar by 2026
The "HyTraGen" (Hydrogen-Tram for next Generation) research project has begun in Chemnitz. Hörmann Vehicle Engineering GmbH and Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC) want to put Europe's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered streetcar into operation by the end of 2026.
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IPCEI funding for LOHC project "Green Hydrogen@Blue Danube"
The Erlangen-based company Hydrogenious LOHC is investigating the use of the chemical hydrogen carrier benzyltoluene for industrial customers in the Danube region. The "Green Hydrogen@Blue Danube" project has now been recognized by the European Commission as an IPCEI project.
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Storag Etzel and Gasunie reach agreement for hydrogen storage
Patrizia SE, the parent company of storage operator Storag Etzel, and Gasunie have concluded an option agreement for the storage of hydrogen. The Dutch gas network operator plans to store hydrogen in the multi-chamber storage facility of the "H2Cast Etzel" project. The first phase of project development is now set to begin.
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TÜV approves pipeline safety systems in Taiwan
Taiwan has a very strict set of regulations for pipeline safety. Following a serious accident a few years ago, the regulations there were tightened considerably. The new regulations are based on the German “Technische Regel für Rohrfernleitungen (TRFL)” and the American “Recommended practice 1130” of the American Petroleum Institute (API RP 1130).
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Change in the Supervisory Board
Edith Sandvoss, an experienced Supervisory Board member and shareholder, has decided to step down from her position on the Supervisory Board of SAMSON AG for personal reasons and at her own request. Carsten Reinhardt will succeed her until the next Supervisory Board election in 2025.
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Management reorganisation
A global company that provides automation solutions and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries has made a change to its management team. Janne Pynnönen took up the position of Senior Vice President for Operational Development at Valmet on 1 February 2024.
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Safety valves for rocket technology
The projects of the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt e. V. (WARR) aim to be the first student team in Europe to develop a hybrid rocket with a cryogenic engine. The students' task is to design a sounding rocket that combines technological excellence with safety and efficiency.
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EU wants to promote interdisciplinary waste heat research
The HEAT4ENERGY project aims to utilise industrial waste heat and convert it into electrical energy. To this end, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is developing and testing innovative materials for use in thermomagnetic generators.
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AI: Microsoft plans to invest 3.2 billion euros in Germany
Microsoft is planning to invest 3.2 billion euros in Germany by 2026 in order to drive forward the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the country. According to Microsoft, this investment is the largest in the company's 40-year history in Germany.
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AMA Association announces seminar programme for 2024
The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) has published its seminar programme for this year. It includes a wide range of seminars on various topics, including ultrasonic measurement technology, optical spectroscopy, displacement measurement, industrial image processing and a discussion on "Chat-GPT - hype or hysteria".
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Finland: Sunfire installs 20 MW electrolyser
Dresden-based Sunfire GmbH has completed the installation of what the company claims is Finland's first industrial-scale electrolyzer. Around a year after the foundation stone was laid, the finished plant is now ready for operation in the town of Harjavalta.
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Next step for Thyssenkrupp's DRI plant in Duisburg
The Düsseldorf district government has granted Duisburg-based steel manufacturer Thyssenkrupp Steel approval for the early start of construction of its Duisburg direct reduction plant (DRI plant). The company expects final approval by the end of 2024.
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GASCADE welcomes EWE as a further member of flow - making hydrogen happen
The Oldenburg-based energy service provider EWE has joined the hydrogen infrastructure project "Flow - making hydrogen happen". EWE Gas Storage CEO Peter Schmidt signed the declaration of accession with initiator Gascade in Kassel.
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New impulse paper on the resilience of power grids published: VDE provides information
The VDE's interdisciplinary expert group recently published a new impulse paper that takes an in-depth look at the resilience of German electricity and communication grids. Interested parties can download the paper free of charge.
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TÜV SÜD now certifies products and processes in accordance with ISO 22734
TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH, as a leading testing company, has received the coveted accreditation from the German accreditation body DAkkS. This accreditation authorises the company to test and certify H2 generation systems and electrolysis systems in accordance with the requirements of ISO 22734:2019.
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HIMA takes over Origo Solutions from Norway
HIMA has acquired the Norwegian technology company Origo Solutions, as the company reports in a press release. The corresponding company purchase agreement was signed on 8 January and came into effect on 31 January.
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Strong demand for reliable bolting technology
A German company in the field of torque-controlled, precision bolting technology is extremely satisfied with its results for 2023. The outlook for the new financial year is also extremely positive. This optimistic assessment results not only from the promising potential in the industries served to date, but also from new opportunities in steel construction.
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ZVEI: German electrical and digital industry records weak end to 2023
According to a ZVEI press release, incoming orders in the German electrical and digital industry in December 2023 were 5.3% below the previous year's level. Dr Andreas Gontermann, Chief Economist of the ZVEI, commented: "Looking back, the industry therefore recorded a total of nine months of declining orders last year," said ZVEI Chief Economist Dr Andreas Gontermann.
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Ball valve production capacity doubled
A Swiss ball valve manufacturer has expanded its production capacities. The high global demand for the PFA ball valve with the patented TrueFloat® technology has had a significant influence on this development. ChemValve-Schmid has been manufacturing high-quality PTFE valves for more than 30 years.
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Rod seals for mobile insulin pumps
The reliability of the sealing technology in insulin pumps is of vital importance for people with type 1 diabetes. Ensuring the long-term functionality of these small devices is therefore of crucial importance.
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More sustainability within the supply chain
In order to monitor and reduce sustainability risks within the supply chain, GF Piping Systems has signed a contract with Prewave. The company offers an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered risk assessment to help customers comply with the Corporate Social Responsibility Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). The directive was launched by the European Union (EU) in June 2023.
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Mechanical engineering in NRW with negative annual results
In December 2023, incoming orders in the mechanical and plant engineering sector in North Rhine-Westphalia recorded a price-adjusted decline of 25 percent compared to the previous year. Domestic orders fell by 30 percent, while orders from abroad fell by 22 percent.
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Sealing technology: fully utilising the benefits of hydrogen
The importance of hydrogen for the long-term success of the energy transition is undisputed. It plays an outstanding role in sealing technology in particular, as numerous components of hydrogen and fuel cells are based on special manufacturing processes for seal production.
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thyssenkrupp focuses on investments in Mexico
thyssenkrupp Materials de México recently opened a new service centre in San Luis Potosí. This centre has a strong focus on sustainability and electromobility in the automotive industry. With an investment of 34 million euros, around 65 new jobs will be created. The opening marks a milestone in the total investment of 100 million euros in North America within 15 months.
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Cold spell has an impact on gas storage levels
On 8 February 2024, the Initiative Energien Speichern e.V. (INES) published the February update on the association's own gas scenarios. It shows that the average temperatures in the months of winter 2023/2024 have so far been above the assumed normal temperatures.
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