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AVL and Elcogen Develop SOEC Stacks in the Megawatt Range
The Austrian technology group AVL has announced a partnership with the Estonian company Elcogen. Together, they aim to develop SOEC stacks in the megawatt range.
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Messer Group and Toyota Establish Hydrogen Joint Venture
The joint venture between Toyota Tsusho and the industrial gas manufacturer Messer Group aims to cover the entire H2 mobility spectrum. Messer produces and supplies hydrogen, which is used in Toyota vehicles, primarily targeting the European market.
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Leibniz Institute: Start-up Develops Cost-Effective PEM Membranes
A new membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) from the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP) in Greifswald aims to save up to 95% of precious metals. Additionally, the membranes are PFAS-free. A new company intends to bring the technology to market readiness.
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Mechanical Engineering Sector to Increase Investments Only from 2025
The sentiment in the mechanical engineering sector has deteriorated, with a pessimistic outlook for the entire year. According to the VDMA economic survey, investments will not increase until 2025. Approximately 40 percent of companies expect a nominal decline in sales this year, while another 23 percent anticipate stagnant sales.
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Why Construction Machinery, Trucks, or Buses Need Seals
The heavy-duty aftermarket refers to the market for spare parts, accessories, maintenance, and repair services for heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, buses, and construction machinery. This market is crucial for the maintenance and performance of vehicles used in the transportation, construction, and agricultural industries. Important components include seals, among others.
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Automotive and Defense Industries Popular Among Engineers
Despite a weakening economy and global crises, young engineers primarily want to enter the automotive industry. A study commissioned by Wirtschaftswoche shows that jobs in the auto industry are very popular, but many young people also see good career prospects in the aerospace and defense sectors.
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New practical guide explains data protection-compliant use of AI
Many companies are reluctant to use AI due to concerns about data protection violations. A new practical guide from Bitkom shows how artificial intelligence can be used in compliance with data protection regulations. The document is available to download free of charge.
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Federal Network Agency Introduces New Regulations for Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructures
The Federal Network Agency has published its draft decision on the adjustment of calculated service lives and depreciation modalities for natural gas pipeline infrastructures (KANU 2.0). This decision supports the regulatory transformation of the gas network. With KANU 2.0, the depreciation modalities for gas network operators nationwide will be largely flexible.
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Circular economy: Germany is making good progress according to the German Chemical Industry Association
The German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and PlasticsEurope Germany have jointly presented a comprehensive assessment of the new ‘National Circular Economy Strategy’ (NKWS) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).
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Canadian Energy Provider Orders Valves Worth $100 Million
Bruce Power Inc., a Canadian energy provider, has entered into an alliance agreement with valve manufacturer Velan Inc. This agreement marks the beginning of a ten-year collaboration between the two companies. As part of this cooperation, Velan will supply numerous valves worth $100 million, including both nuclear and non-nuclear valves.
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BAM and Partners Optimize H2 Engines for Power Plants
Starting in 2035, power plants are expected to predominantly switch to green hydrogen. However, there is currently a lack of technically mature engines suitable for this sustainable energy carrier. To address this gap, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and Rolls-Royce Power Systems have launched the cooperative project Phoenix.
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ZVEI calls for concrete steps after budget agreement
The ZVEI has welcomed the agreement on the federal budget in a statement. However, Wolfgang Weber, Chairman of the ZVEI Management Board, emphasised in a press release issued by the association that the announcements must be quickly followed by concrete measures.
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Technology Conglomerate Unveils New Headquarters on Its 60th Anniversary
This year, the valve manufacturer GEMÜ is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary and has recently opened its new headquarters. Construction of the "GEMÜ Headquarters" in the Hohenlohe Industrial Park began in February 2021 and has now been successfully completed. The new office building can accommodate about 300 employees.
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BASF: Agreement on Biomethane Supply Contract
BASF and ENGIE have signed a seven-year contract for the supply of biomethane. Under this agreement, ENGIE will supply BASF with 27 to 30 terawatt-hours of biomethane during the contract period.
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VALVE WORLD EXPO and VDMA Armaturen Agree on Cooperation
Messe Düsseldorf and the VDMA Armaturen Association have decided to join forces at the world's leading trade fair for the valve industry, VALVE WORLD EXPO. For this reason, VDMA Armaturen will take on the role of conceptual sponsor of the event. The official signing of the cooperation agreement took place in early July in Düsseldorf.
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Storengy Plans Underground Hydrogen Storage in Harsefeld near Stade
Storengy, a subsidiary of the French network operator Engie, is planning to convert two salt caverns for the storage of pure hydrogen at the Harsefeld site near Stade, where a natural gas storage facility is already in operation.
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Lhyfe and Fives: Partnership for Hydrogen Burners
The industry giant Fives and the hydrogen producer Lhyfe plan to offer hydrogen-compatible industrial burners and directly supply the necessary hydrogen. To this end, they have signed a memorandum of understanding. In this partnership, Lhyfe will produce and supply green hydrogen, while Fives will provide solutions for its use in industrial combustion processes.
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Chemical industry association looks back on a changeable first half of 2024
The first half of 2024 brought more pleasing results than forecast for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Germany, reports the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). Although the industry was confronted with a decline in turnover and falling producer prices, slight production growth was recorded.
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New Study Identifies Europe as Leading LNG Importer
The International Gas Union (IGU) has announced the release of its 15th annual World LNG Report. Despite falling prices, the market remains tense. According to the report, LNG trade grew by 21% in 2023, surpassing the 401 million ton mark. There are 20 export markets and 51 import markets globally. Market growth is primarily hindered by supply constraints.
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Heide Refinery Launches Energy Efficiency Campaign
The Heide Refinery processes crude oil into essential everyday products such as liquefied petroleum gas, fuel, and heating oil. The operators have announced that they will be using Flowserve's Energy Advantage Program in the future to improve the plant's energy efficiency.
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Opening of a New Vacuum Competence Center
The Busch Group and Pfeiffer Vacuum have celebrated a significant expansion of their activities in Austria. The new Vacuum Competence Center in Korneuburg will be the future headquarters of both companies, specializing in vacuum applications.
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Swiss Valve Manufacturer Builds New Production Site in Germany
Since 1964, Sistag AG has been manufacturing numerous industrial valves in Switzerland. In recent years, the company has opened branches in the USA and Singapore and is now expanding into Germany. Since 1997, Sistag GmbH has been established as a sales location in Muggensturm, Baden-Württemberg.
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Refurbishment of Valves in a Berlin Heating Plant
Regular maintenance of industrial valves is crucial for extending their lifespan and ensuring operational safety in the facilities. Such a maintenance task was recently undertaken at a heating plant in Berlin. This involved inspecting, repairing, or even replacing various industrial valves.
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Schaeffler Introduces New PEM Stacks Targeting Mass Production
The engineering company Schaeffler, based in Herzogenaurach, unveiled its latest electrolyzer stacks at a trade fair in Madrid. These 1-MW modules utilize PEM technology and are designed to produce up to 500 kg of hydrogen per day. The company aims to start mass production of these units soon.
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Leuna Refinery: Green Hydrogen Supply Contract Signed
The refinery in Leuna will source green hydrogen from the Bad Lauchstädt Energy Park starting in 2025. On Friday, June 27, the operator TotalEnergies signed the final contracts with the gas network operator Ontras. This ensures the first fully contracted supply chain for green hydrogen in Germany.
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