Energy transition needs decentralized solutions

“It is becoming increasingly clear that traditional thinking on energy issues is no longer helpful. Instead, it makes sense to get serious about a new market design that relies on decentralized supply embedded in intelligent networks.” This is how Berthold Müller-Urlaub, President of the B.KWK Bundesverband Kraft-Wärme-kupplung eV, comments on the stalled market Energy transition in Germany. Together with the ESCO Forum in the ZVEI – German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, the two industry associations will be present at the HANNOVER MESSE with the “Decentralized Energy Supply” joint stand to present potential savings and possible increases in efficiency through decentralized energy supply solutions for decision-makers in industry, trade and municipalities to anchor better.

In addition, concrete examples of the use of highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) are used to make it clear to politicians that CHP is an ideal supplement to renewable energies. “In Germany, the CHP share could easily be increased to over 25 percent in the next ten years. This would be a significant step towards security of supply and CO2 savings,” Müller-Urlaub is certain.

Oliver Frese, Division Manager at Deutsche Messe AG, rates the high level of participation by domestic and foreign exhibitors in the “Decentralized Energy Supply” focus at HANNOVER MESSE as positive: “With a total of more than 60 exhibitors and a foreign share of over 20 percent, visitors have bundled expertise from all areas of decentralized energy supply. This applies to energy efficiency service providers and contractors as well as the entire market segment for everything to do with CHP and combined heat, power and cooling (CHP). With the entry into force of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27 / EU) on December 4, 2012, we see the course set for the increased use of CHPP and the introduction of energy management systems to demonstrate efficiency increases. We will consistently develop and expand the focus on ‘decentralized energy supply’ at HANNOVER MESSE. ”

dr Jobst Klien, Chairman of the ESCO Forum at ZVEI, wants to wake up the “sleeping giant energy efficiency” and calls for the removal of political obstacles to a broad market penetration of energy services (EDL) and contracting. “Our services can effectively support the currently discussed electricity price brake, but are ‘slowed down’ by politicians because owner solutions are blatantly disadvantaged compared to our efficiency services.”

Klien calls for more market for the flexibilization of electricity demand as an important factor for the success of the energy transition: “For a smart energy supply we need many more market players than just a few large consumers. It is absolutely not expedient here if the new shutdown ordinance only opens up an economically attractive adjustment of electricity demand to the requirements of the electricity grid for large industrial consumers.”

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