Reducing energy consumption is more than a matter of image. From energy recovery to autonomous power stations, modern technologies are achieving efficiency ratings, that also have a remarkable effect on the bottom line.show more
It takes cooperation to save energy
Companies around the world are facing the need to manage their energy resources more efficiently. Synergies can help drastically cut energy costs, realize potential cost savings and achieve climate protection goals – wins across the board.
Efficiency is the ratio of cost to result. This common economic principle certainly applies to energy savings: If you can achieve the same or even a better result at lower cost, your efficiency increases.
One way for companies to implement this notion in practice is learning energy efficiency networks, or LEEN for short.
The core idea: ten or fifteen companies from the same sector or the same region meet regularly to share knowledge around energy savings, and take advantage of synergies. Instead of each one having to research for itself how to use their energy more efficiently, their shared knowledge grows exponentially for all.
Saving energy together is easier
This allows all of them to benefit from lower energy costs, save electricity and reveal previously unsuspected potential savings in energy consumption. Such change is urgent, with Germany still in sixth place in the list of the world's biggest greenhouse gas producers, behind China (25 percent share), the United States (17 percent), India (6 percent), Russia (5 percent) and Japan (4 percent). And 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions come from the energy sector. Energy production here in Germany still relies on fossil fuels such as lignite and coal for almost two-thirds of the total.
This means that for every kilowatt-hour of power generated, more than 600 grams of carbon dioxide on average are released into the atmosphere, more than in many other countries.
Take advantage of massive energy savings potential
Experts are therefore calling for greater energy savings, particularly in business: Some 70 percent of power is consumed by industry, trade and service companies. Germany wants to reduce its total emissions by 40 percent by 2020 – and is supporting private households and businesses with subsidies for this purpose. The biggest energy consumers, the United States and China, recently ratified the Paris climate protection agreement together. The US has pledged to decrease its CO2 emissions by at least 26 percent by 2020. China lags far behind this promise: Under the agreement, its CO2 emissions will continue to rise until 2030.
New climate protection regulations represent not just requirements for industry, but also opportunities: Already today, Germany is one of the technology leaders in renewable energies and energy efficiency, and also the leading export nation for environmental technologies, accounting for 16 percent of the global market.
Energy , the largest global trade fair for networked and secure energy and mobility technologies, showcases the energy value chain in full as part of HANNOVER MESSE. A wide range of forums, conferences and special events give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the leading topics in the energy sector.
Digital Twin | 28 Dec. 2017
Cloud solution expected to increase wind energy efficiency
ZF and Schaeffler are pooling their resources and want to improve the reliability of wind turbine drive trains using predictive maintenance.
Energy | 26 Dec. 2017
Nickel-containing cathodes enable the production of "super batteries"
The cathode material in a new lithium-ion battery that is now entering the production stage is characterized by a higher nickel content. The...
Industrie 4.0 | 11 Dec. 2017
Schaeffler builds a "Factory of the Future" in China
With the groundbreaking ceremony in November, automotive supplier Schaeffler started building its 75th production facility. E-mobility,...
Energy Efficiency | 10 Dec. 2017
Energy efficiency takes place at the field level
SMC Deutschland, a solution provider and manufacturer of pneumatic and electrical automation technology, together with the embedded...
Industrie 4.0 | 06 Dec. 2017
The new Siemens drive concept incorporates IoT connectivity
Siemens is equipping low-voltage motors at Simotics IQ with a sensor box that collects and passes on relevant operating and status...
Integrated Energy | 04 Dec. 2017
Industry is working on an open DC network
A smart network infrastructure, built on DC power grids, is expected to usher in the energy transition for industrial production. Companies...
Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives | 27 Nov. 2017
Hidden MEMS are measuring the networked world
Microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) have long been one of the key components of all relevant industrial sectors in Europe. Although the...
Energy Efficiency | 25 Nov. 2017
The energy transition brings considerable benefits
According to the Federal Auditor Office, the German energy and climate protection policy lacks an overview of the total costs of the energy...
Lightweight Construction | 16 Nov. 2017
Lightweight construction research prepares to hit the market
Following the turnaround in energy policy, automobile production is the first sector to use lightweight technologies. Consortia and study...
Lightweight Construction | 07 Nov. 2017
Energy costs, 3D printing and bionics drive lightweight construction
Lightweight construction solutions not only save material and weight, but also drive energy and costs. All in all, this results in a better...
Integrated Energy | 07 Nov. 2017
Nano antennas ensure warm windows
Buildings lose a lot of energy through cold windowpanes. An international research team has developed a method to extract heat from incident...
Energy | 16 Aug. 2017
Research efforts come rain or shine
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) raised vital questions for the future of climate-friendly energy supplies at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 - and had...
Young Tech Enterprises | 19 Jul. 2017
Young and hungry for success? Head for Hannover!
HANNOVER MESSE is a great place for new companies, and statmath GmbH clearly knows this. This year marked the Siegen-based startup's first...
Energy | 26 Apr. 2017
An Insight into the Energy System of the Future
Innovative energy concepts are a hot topic of discussion. GP JOULE’s approach is particularly exciting.
Energy | 25 Apr. 2017
Europe’s Energy Revolution: A Joint Effort
There is little debate that renewable energy requires further development. Yet how we go about it remains a hot topic of discussion – and...
Research & Technology | 23 Apr. 2017
Innovative new electric motor concept
The electric "planetary motor" being premiered at HANNOVER MESSE by TU Wien university in Vienna combines a drive and gear unit to form a...
Energy | 19 Apr. 2017
Energy efficiency: because less is more
Energy efficiency is one of the mainstays of Germany’s energy transition strategy, the primary long-term goal being for the country’s...
Energy | 03 Apr. 2017
The Digital Future of the Power Grids
You have to spend money to save money: at least when it comes to electricity. Sensors, efficient technology and data analysis are all musts....
Energy Efficiency | 29 Mar. 2017
Massive Energy Savings Thanks to the "Transparent Factory"
Companies can slash the energy consumed during production by analyzing their data more intelligently. Manufacturer Weidmüller used the...
Research & Technology | 27 Mar. 2017
An end to bad atmospheres
bioclimatic, an air purification specialist based in Germany’s Lower Saxony region, is at HANNOVER MESSE to showcase made-to-measure...