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Special pumps for electrolyser
As part of the "Electrolysis made in Baden-Württemberg" project, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has developed an alkaline pressurised electrolyser with an output of 1 MW together with 40 companies.
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Automated condition monitoring for H2 pressure vessels
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) are working on a technology for the automated monitoring of high-pressure storage systems. The new technology is intended to enable continuous monitoring of pressurised containers. This should enable greater safety at lower costs than conventional maintenance methods.
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Hydrogen and electricity storage centre at former lignite site
The "H2UB (Hydrogen Unit and Battery) Boxberg", a hydrogen and electricity storage centre, is to be built on the site of the former Boxberg lignite-fired power plant. Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (Leag) wants to build the project on the decommissioned plants I and II from the 1990s.
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Digital tools for waterworks
Prolonged dry periods or heavy rainfall are becoming increasingly common and have an impact on our drinking water supply. The BMBF research project TrinkXtrem aims to develop new innovative concepts and tools for such extreme weather situations and then test them directly in waterworks.
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DVGW calls for climate neutrality instead of decommissioning the gas infrastructure
The German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) has issued a statement criticising the BMWK's "Green Paper Transformation Gas/Hydrogen Distribution Networks".
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Supplier of valves and actuators records increase in profits
In 2023, Danfoss, a manufacturer of valves and actuators, made significant investments in expanding its portfolio of competitive and innovative solutions. Despite a slower growth environment, Danfoss recorded a 10% increase in profit (EBITA) in the same year.
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Heat pump reduces CO2 emissions during the drying process
Beneo is installing a modern heat pump at its plant in Wijgmaal, Belgium. The system utilises waste water energy and thus enables CO2 emissions to be reduced. Rice ingredients for the food and animal feed industry can thus be produced more sustainably at the plant in future.
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EU Parliament approves gas package and electricity market reform
“Today's decision is a great success for municipal utilities and for a successful hydrogen ramp-up in Germany”, said a VKU spokesperson on the EU Commission's decision on 11 April. “
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NAMUR and ZVEI publish use case collection for Ethernet-APL
NAMUR and ZVEI have presented a new use case collection for Ethernet APL in the process industry. The publication emphasises the enormous potential and diverse benefits of Ethernet APL in various areas of process automation.
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ZVEI announces nominations for Electrifying Ideas Award
The nominations for the ZVEI's Electrifying Ideas Award 2024 have been announced. An independent jury has selected a total of five companies from numerous submissions.
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Port of Rotterdam: New import facility for hydrogen and ammonia planned
Global Energy Storage (GES) and Provaris Energy have signed an agreement to build a new import facility in the port of Rotterdam. The GES multi-client terminal will make it possible to handle and deliver both chilled ammonia and compressed hydrogen.
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Chemical and pharmaceutical industry urges change of course
The future prospects for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are extremely negative under the current industrial policy conditions. This is the conclusion of a survey of specialists and managers in companies and research institutions in the sector.
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Acquisition of three companies
Atlas Copco is expanding its already comprehensive range of productivity solutions with the integration of three new companies. This addition now includes Presys Co, Ltd from South Korea, Montajes Electromecánicos e Ingeniería, S.A. de C.V. (MEISA) from Mexico and Delta Temp from Belgium.
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Fraunhofer IFAM with new institute director
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Matthias Busse headed the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, based in Bremen, for 21 years. At the same time, he held the Chair of “Near net shape manufacturing technology” at the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen.
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Research reveals the complexity of flood events
The devastating floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate three years ago highlighted the catastrophic effects of river flooding. In order to minimise future damage and better assess flood risks, a deeper understanding of the variables involved is of crucial importance.
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Building fittings industry still in rough waters
Manufacturers of building fittings are also facing difficult months in 2024. Last year, they recorded a nominal decline in sales of 7 percent, which corresponds to a price-adjusted decline of 14 percent. This is shown by the latest VDMA figures. Domestic business fell by 11 percent in real terms, while foreign business, which had grown by 1 percent in 2022, slumped by 17 percent in 2023.
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Uhde designs large-scale green hydrogen fertiliser plant in Canada
Thyssenkrupp Uhde and Genesis Fertilizers have signed a pre-feed contract for an integrated fertiliser complex in Canada. The plant will utilise green hydrogen to produce ammonia, urea and nitric acid.
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BASF receives first stacks for 54 MW PEM electrolyser
BASF is pressing ahead with its Hy4Chem-EI project: the first stacks for the planned 54 MW PEM electrolyser have arrived. Siemens Energy is delivering the modules almost daily by heavy transport to the construction site in Ludwigshafen, where they are already being installed.
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Digitalisation can effectively reduce skills shortages
Digitalisation in production and service sectors is becoming increasingly important and can even be vital for companies, especially in times of skills shortages.
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Federal government wants to step up the pace of digitalisation
The implementation of the German government's digital policy projects picked up speed significantly in the first quarter of 2024. With a total of 31 successfully implemented projects, the government achieved a pace that was previously unrivalled in this legislative period.
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LNG industry on the upswing
The LNG industry is currently experiencing a remarkable boom, as illustrated by the data in Shell's LNG Outlook 2024. According to the report, global demand for liquefied natural gas is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2040.
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New appointment to the MRC Global Executive Board
MRC Global Inc. has appointed Dave A. Hager, former Executive Chairman of Devon Energy Corporation, to the MRC Global Board of Directors. He succeeds Barbara Duganier, who will retire at the end of her term of office at the next Annual General Meeting.
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FrHyGe project: European partnership researches hydrogen storage in salt caverns
The FrHyGe project, which is being led by a consortium of 17 European partners, is dedicated to the underground storage of hydrogen in salt caverns on an industrial scale. With a demonstrator in Manosque, France, and a replication study in Harsefeld, Germany, the project plans to set new standards in hydrogen technology and contribute to the creation of a European hydrogen network.
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Increased demand for automated valves
Valves such as ball valves, plug valves and butterfly valves continue to be of crucial importance in reliably controlling the inflow of process media, particularly in chemical or petrochemical processes. The automated actuation of these valves, which are often summarised as “quarter turn valves”, using electric and above all pneumatic actuators offers plant operators numerous advantages.
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SHS-Stahl-Holding-Saar launches hydrogen tender for green steel production
SHS-Stahl-Holding-Saar launched a hydrogen tender for the Power4Steel project on 26 March. The aim is to procure up to 50,000 tonnes of locally produced green hydrogen for the production of green steel by 2027/28.
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