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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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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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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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Bentley Systems has a new CEO
Nicholas Cumins is the new CEO of Bentley Systems. At the beginning of July, he took over the helm from Greg Bentley, one of the five brothers who founded the company. Greg Bentley will serve as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
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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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ArcelorMittal France awards electrolyser contract to Westfalen AG
Steel producer ArcelorMittal France has commissioned the Westfalen Group to build an electrolyser. The project in north-east France is the first of its kind for the Münster-based company. The plant will supply the ArcelorMittal plant in Florange from January 2026.
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Partnership around the Gigantic Vaca Muerta Oil Shale Deposit
Several Italian business associations, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Argentina, organized a conference to support the oil and gas sector in the South American country. Specifically, it focused on one of the world's largest shale gas and shale oil reserves in Vaca Muerta.
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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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No Future for Biogas Plants in Germany?
The energy transition in Germany faces a setback: many older biogas plants, which fall out of the EEG funding after 20 years, are currently not receiving any follow-up compensation. Recently, two out of three plants did not receive contracts in the nationwide tenders.
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NE 193 on automation security engineering published
NAMUR has published NE 193 "An information model for automation security engineering". The NAMUR recommendation can now be obtained from the office of the interest group.
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Gas Supply in Europe Faces Numerous Challenges
A report published by the European Court of Auditors warns that the EU still has many tasks to address to adequately prepare for a future gas crisis. While the EU has taken a series of immediate measures to prevent Russia from using gas deliveries as leverage, the effectiveness of these measures is not always clear.
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Valve Manufacturer Introduces New Sales Director for Europe
For over 70 years, Goetze KG Armaturen has been producing high-quality high-performance valves for all types of pressure media. Recently, the company has filled a significant position in sales: Alexander Berg will henceforth serve as the Sales Director for Europe at Goetze Armaturen.
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Salzgitter Seeks Suppliers for up to 150,000 Tons of Hydrogen
Hydrogen demand arises where it is consumed, and Salzgitter AG plans to meet this demand starting in 2026. The Salzgitter site is expected to require up to 150,000 tons of hydrogen per year. The usage will occur as part of the first of three expansion stages of the Green Steel Program, Salcos®-Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking.
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Construction of Large Hydrogen Electrolyzer in Moorburg Starts in 2025
The site of the decommissioned Moorburg coal-fired power plant in Hamburg is being transformed through an interagency project for future hydrogen production. As part of the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub, various existing power plant components have already been dismantled or repurposed.
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EURO Games: When the Neighbor Cheers Earlier
Whether with a beer mug in the beer garden, with popcorn on the sofa, or in fan attire at a public viewing event – for the past week, the EURO games have been drawing football enthusiasts to the screens. Depending on how the games are watched, it can happen that the ball is already in the net for some while others are still watching a free kick being taken.
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Study Examines Hydrogen Transport in Containers
The energy transition and the gradual move away from fossil energy sources necessitate the import of green hydrogen in Germany. But how should the transport be organized? The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) has tested the transport of hydrogen in containers as part of the Provide project.
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Hydrogen Core Network: EU Greenlights Billion-Euro Funding
The European Commission has approved the German government's plans to promote the construction of the hydrogen core network with three billion euros in funding. Such approval is required under EU state aid rules to prevent market distortions.
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Are More Standards Needed for Green and Digital Transformation?
On June 25, 2024, the results of the German Standardization Panel 2024 were presented in Berlin. The focus was on the importance of European and international standards in the context of green and digital transformation. DIN and DKE have released the results of the 12th survey round of the German Standardization Panel.
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Hydrogen for Deutsche Bahn Project
In the Innovationshub Tübingen, the Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Energie is testing new technologies for sustainable rail energy supply. One of the initiatives is the H2goesRail project, which aims to demonstrate the economic viability of hydrogen-powered trains in the transport sector.
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Swedish Company Relocates German Headquarters
The Swedish company Alfa Laval moved its German-speaking headquarters from Glinde in Schleswig-Holstein to Hamburg's HafenCity on June 1, 2024. This relocation affects around 250 employees, while the sites in Austria and Switzerland remain unchanged.
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German-Spanish Joint Venture Presents New Electrolyzer
The German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex presented a prototype of a 500 kW electrolyzer in Spain on June 17. This unit, developed in Navarra, is part of a joint project with the provincial government and aims to strengthen Nordex's position in the electrolyzer market. The prototype can produce 10 kilograms of hydrogen per hour.
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John Cockerill Secures Funding for Electrolyzer Gigafactories
On June 3, John Cockerill announced that it had raised 230 million euros in equity from multiple investors. The Belgian engineering company plans to use the investment to build gigafactories for electrolyzers.
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France: Salt Cavern Tested as Hydrogen Storage
On June 13, Lhyfe delivered 350 kg of green hydrogen to Géométhane to test storage in a salt cavern. This test marks an important step in the major project to decarbonize the industrial site of Marseille through the use of green hydrogen.
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VDMA Highlights the Potential of Low-Code and AI in Industry
A recent white paper by VDMA focuses on low-code development, incorporating the latest advancements in artificial intelligence. It includes practical examples from member companies demonstrating how low-code approaches can be effectively used in machinery and plant engineering.
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NAMUR Releases Working Group Position on Ethernet-APL Device Requirements
NAMUR has published a new working group position titled “Requirements for the Next Generation of Ethernet-APL Devices and Components”. The publication involved all working groups and fields of the interest group that deal with Ethernet-APL, including the NAMUR APL Task Force. The NAMUR position paper is available for free download.
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