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Energy 2013

October 22, 2012 - Businesses and governments worldwide are engaged in the quest for a reliable and competitive energy supply to power future growth. Germany in particular faces massive upheaval and technical challenges as it seeks to implement its decision to switch from nuclear energy to greener alternatives. 

Energy, the leading tradeshow for energy technology that runs from 8 to 11 April 2013 under the umbrella of HANNOVER MESSE, will therefore focus closely on products and solutions for achieving this energy system transformation. The displays at the Energy show will span all aspects of conventional and renewable energy production and supply, from generation and transmission to distribution and storage, taking in the latest energy IT and market mechanisms and smart grid technologies. 
 
“What we’re seeing now is the complete technological, political and commercial transformation of an entire industry. This is a major challenge – for which the exhibitors at the Energy show will be presenting pioneering solutions,” said Oliver Frese, Deutsche Messe’s Senior Vice President in charge of HANNOVER MESSE. “Germany’s ability to successfully achieve its energy system transformation will depend to a very large extent on having the right political and regulatory settings. HANNOVER MESSE is the ideal platform for the political and economic dialogue this requires. With its high public and media profile, it is the perfect place to present visions for the energy mix of the future to a global audience.” 
 
Renewables display area 
An extensive array of wind generation technology, components and services will be on show in Hall 27 at the Wind tradeshow. All the non-wind forms of renewable energy will be on show right next-door at the Energy fair’s Renewables display area. The Renewables program ranges from bioenergy and photovoltaic energy to solar thermal and geothermal energy. The geothermal energy technologies and solutions will have their own dedicated display section – the Geothermal Competence Center. Geothermal energy is a renewable and climate-friendly energy source whose extraction and use is becoming increasingly viable, thanks to ongoing technological advances. The Geothermal Competence Center will feature eye-catching large-scale exhibits, such as drilling rigs, shaker screens and blowout preventer closing systems, to give visitors an idea of the safety and efficiency aspects of Geothermal energy production. 
 
Smart Grids presentation 
Smart grids are power networks that have added intelligence, thanks to the integration of leading-edge information and communication technology. And they are coming to the fore as ever-greater use is made of distributed (decentralized) forms of generation. The Smart Grids display area – which has none other than Germany’s Economics Minister, Philipp Rösler as its official patron – will feature the latest solutions from a whole range of areas, including virtual power plant technology, smart buildings and integrated smart grid solutions. The keynote themes include smart metering, smart building and energy-sector ICT. 
 
Distributed generation/contracting 
The Decentralized Energy Generation/Contracting presentation will feature solutions by suppliers of cogeneration (CHP) plants and components and providers of energy efficiency services. Whatever the fuels used – fossil or renewable – cogeneration (aka combined heat and power) is probably the most efficient way of converting them into energy because it captures the waste heat from electricity generation so that it can be used in applications such as space and water heating. Industrial companies that don’t wish to build or operate their own cogen plants can hire contracting firms to do it for them. 

Power generation 
The Power Station Engineering showcase puts the spotlight on the interdependence of conventional and renewable energy generation technologies. The world’s growing demand for energy means that conventional power stations – albeit clean, highly efficient ones – will continue to be an indispensible part of the energy mix for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the governments of more than 100 countries currently offer economic incentives for the expansion of renewable energy generation. Last year alone, worldwide investment in renewables grew almost 20 percent to 257 billion US dollars. “Germany is at the forefront of the transition to renewable forms of energy. The latest technological advances in this key area will be on show at HANNOVER MESSE 2013. Visitors to the fair will be able to gain a first-hand impression of what tomorrow’s climate-friendly power and heat generation systems might look like. Nowhere will this be more true than at the Power Station Engineering presentation,” Oliver Frese said. 
 
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells pavilion 
The Hydrogen + Fuel Cells pavilion ranks as one of HANNOVER MESSE’s long-running success stories. Companies and research institutions from 25 nations use the exhibit to showcase products and innovations from the following areas: hydrogen production, fuel cell components; stationary, portable and mobile fuel cells; fuel cell applications; fuel cell test systems; and hydrogen transport and storage technology and infrastructure. 
 
SuperConductingCity 
The SuperConductingCity group pavilion is the world’s premier meeting place and dialogue hub for the superconductor industry. It is where international companies and research institutes meet and present superconductor products and research findings in the areas of electric generation and transmission, motive power engineering, grid protection and industrial applications. Superconductor technology is used extensively in energy transmission and distribution systems. 
 
Supporting program 
In addition to its many and varied exhibits and displays, the Energy show features an extensive supporting program of speaking events and discussion forums themed around reliable, sustainable and competitive energy supply solutions. For instance, the presentations and discussions at the Life Needs Power Forum and the Renewable Energy Forum are dedicated to the unique challenges that arise as countries transition to “greener” energy supply systems. Leading experts from the power systems engineering, energy, scientific and government sectors use these forums to discuss and shed light on burning issues relating to the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. 
 
About HANNOVER MESSE (the Hannover Fair) 
The world’s leading showcase for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will be held from 8 to 12 April 2013 and feature Russia as its official Partner Country. HANNOVER MESSE 2013 will comprise 11 flagship fairs: Industrial Automation • Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) • Energy • Wind • MobiliTec • Digital Factory • ComVac • Industrial Supply • IndustrialGreenTec • Surface Technology • Research & Technology. The upcoming event will place a strong emphasis on industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental technologies, power transmission and control, industrial subcontracting, manufacturing technologies, services and R&D. 
 
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