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H-Tec Systems and Bilfinger: Cooperation for European Hydrogen Projects
H-Tec Systems and Bilfinger have entered into a strategic partnership. Their goal is to accelerate the development and standardization of large-scale hydrogen projects in Europe. The signing of a corresponding letter of intent took place on May 7.
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RWE Receives Government Funding for Electrolyser Project
The Dutch government is supporting the construction of a 50-MW electrolyser in Eemshaven. RWE has received a funding commitment of 124.9 million euros for its Eemshydrogen project. The green electricity for the electrolyser will come from the RWE Westereems wind farm, located just about 5 kilometers away.
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Danish-German Hydrogen Cooperation
Through a partnership with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Uniper aims to import green hydrogen from Denmark. Annually, up to 140,000 tons of hydrogen from the HØST PtX project in West Esbjerg, Denmark, are expected to reach Germany. A new pipeline will enable cross-border transport.
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New date: SPS 2025 again at the end of November
Next year, the SPS will once again take place at the end of November. As the organizer announced, the trade fair will take place from 25 to 27 November in Nuremberg, thus returning to the period that has been familiar to the automation industry for many years. The dates until 2027 have also already been published and are also at the end of November.
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IDTA's new dataspace aims to give SMEs access to digital twins
IDTA has officially opened the AAS Dataspace for Everybody, a platform that makes it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to access data rooms, digital twins and administration shells.
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Innovative Adaptation Technology for Cleaner Filling Processes
The valve manufacturer GEMÜ has launched a patented sealing system for needle/pipe filling systems. This new adaptation technology ensures a hermetic separation between the drive mechanism and the media, effectively preventing lift effects and contamination of the media.
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5,000 Valves for a Revolutionary Bioplastic Production in China
Oumingzhuang Biological Technology (OMZ) has installed a valve solution from GF Piping Systems in the construction of the latest generation of its ion exchangers. This installation aims to reduce wastewater discharge and increase efficiency. Based in Tianjin, the company specializes in process technology used in bioplastic production.
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Resource Overuse: Germany Consumes More Than It Has Available
If everyone in the world lived and operated like we do in Germany, as of May 2, 2024, the budget for sustainably usable resources and ecologically tolerable emissions for the entire year would have been depleted.
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EnBW Secures LNG Supply Agreement
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) has finalized a 15-year contract with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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Valve manufacturer expands its executive team
Matthias Langenohl has strengthened the board of the valve manufacturer HEROSE as the third managing director since April 2024. Along with Jens Silligmüller and Dirk Zschalich, he takes over leadership in the areas of production and engineering as well as the further development of the company.
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Drive 4.0 project aims to create smart drive solutions
Progress in the digitalization of drive technology is still being hampered by insufficient data availability and a lack of open standards. However, the "Drive 4.0" project aims to change this status quo. By creating a common data space for intelligent drive solutions, these hurdles are to be overcome.
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ACHEMA 2024: More international than ever before
ACHEMA 2024 promises to be the most international edition in the history of the trade fair, according to the organizer DECHEMA. With around 60% of exhibitors from abroad, it sets a new benchmark as the leading trade fair for the global process industry. More than 2,800 exhibitors from over 50 countries are expected in Frankfurt from June 10 to 14, together with participants from 130 countries.
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New Facility for the Production of High-Tech Plastic Components
Noreva GmbH is starting the construction of a new manufacturing facility for high-tech plastic components in Mönchengladbach. These parts are particularly suitable for industrial applications in sectors such as aerospace, semiconductor technology, as well as for high-temperature resistant seals and bushings.
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SAMSON Advances “MainChange” Project with Partial Sale of Company Site
As announced on its website, SAMSON has sold a portion of its company premises in Frankfurt/Main to the transmission network operator TenneT TSO. The sale is intended to help finance the new headquarters.
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Axpo and Rhiienergie open Switzerland's largest hydrogen plant
Axpo and Rhiienergie have opened the first plant for green hydrogen in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. With a capacity of up to 350 tons per year, it is the largest plant of its kind in Switzerland.
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Groundbreaking for New Pharma Technology Center
On March 22, 2024, GEA began construction of a new plant in Elsdorf in the Rhineland. The machinery and plant engineering company is investing 80 million euros in a pharma technology center specializing in freeze-drying systems. These systems are crucial for the production of many injectable pharmaceutical products, including vaccines.
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VDMA Informs About EU Data Regulation
The new EU Data Regulation, which has been in force since January 11, 2024, grants customers of the mechanical and plant engineering sector, as users, the right to access certain data generated during the use of connected products.
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries wins Hydrogen Technology of the Year Award
Kawasaki Heavy Industries has won the coveted Hydrogen Technology of the Year Award at Connecting Green Hydrogen MENA 2024. The Japanese company was recognized for its GPB17MMX, a 100% hydrogen-capable gas turbine with an output of 1.8 MW.
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Leag prepares construction of H2-ready gas-fired power plant
LEAG (Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG) is preparing for the construction of an H2-ready gas-fired power plant in the Schwarze Pumpe industrial park. The power plant with a planned capacity of 870 MW is to be built by 2025. The company wants to enable the "transformation of the power plant fleet while maintaining security of supply".
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Valves for Battery Production
Due to the surge in electromobility and the energy transition, battery production has developed into a sector with strong growth. Battery manufacturing requires the highest standards of product quality and safety, necessitating collaboration with capable partners for comprehensive containment processes.
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New report on the impact of AI on industrial work
In their latest report "Artificial intelligence and industrial work", Fraunhofer IEM and Fraunhofer IML present approaches and fields of action on how AI can transform industrial production. The aim is to increase competitiveness and upgrade jobs.
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I4.0 Research Advisory Board and Plattform Industrie 4.0 criticize "Industry 5.0"
The Industry 4.0 Research Advisory Board and the Plattform Industrie 4.0 take a stand on the discussion surrounding the term "Industry 5.0". Since its introduction at the Hannover Messe 2011, Industry 4.0 has established itself as a pioneering model that is gaining in importance worldwide.
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Specialized valves: Sisto supplies Herne project
Evonik and Siemens Energy are planning an 8 MW hydrogen plant in Herne. As part of this ambitious project, Luxembourg-based Sisto Armaturen S.A. has now supplied special valves for the PEM electrolyzer.
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Hexagon Purus wins multi-million euro contract for hydrogen storage tanks
Hexagon Purus has received an order for hydrogen storage tanks worth around 3.8 million euros. The order came from HPS Home Power Solutions AG for the integration of green hydrogen in the building sector.
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Linde builds electrolyzer for glass production
Glass production: Linde is planning to build a 5-megawatt electrolyzer in São Paulo, Brazil. This electrolyzer, which will be operated by the subsidiary White Martins, will produce green hydrogen for the local glass industry.
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