Energy Highlights from North Rhine-Westphalia in Essen

At "E-world energy & water" from 19 to 21 February 2008 the Energy Region of North Rhine-Westphalia will again be exhibiting together with the EnergyAgency. NRW with a wide variety of topics: from power generation by photovoltaics or driving using biogenic fuels and the sustainable use of bio-energy, through to modern fuel cell and hydrogen applications, effective energy efficiency measures or innovative power plant technologies.

Around 20 companies and scientific institutions will be represented on the 450 square metre joint NRW stand in Hall 3, Stand 3-166 presenting a section of the energy scene in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition experts will be available at the integrated Foreign Trade Information Point to talk about opportunities for German companies in Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In Hall 2 the Energy Bus of the EnergyAgency.NRW will inform about the activities around the "NRW Saves Energy" campaign. The partner country at this year's "E-world energy & water" will be Switzerland.

The highlights on the Stand will include the more than 5 metre long solar thin-layer roofing system "PV-Plate" from CENTROSOLAR AG, the mini biogas system from PanET Biogastechnik GmbH, the mobile hydrogen filling unit trailH2TM from Linde Gas and the Saab 95 BioPower with bivalent drive using E85 and super grade petrol, presented by Franz Rüschkamp GmbH & Co. KG. Furthermore research institutions and universities in NRW will be presenting forward-looking research and development projects.

The 12th Expert Conference on Future Energies will be held on 19 February from 10:00 to 17:00 h as the first conference of "E-world". After the opening address by NRW Economic Affairs Minister Christa Thoben, the programme will include specialist papers on current developments in energy technologies and on the energy industry in Switzerland. After the papers there will be four expert forums in the afternoon on the subjects of photovoltaics, energy-efficient construction, innovative nuclear power technologies as well as biomass and biogenic fuels of the future.

The Expert Conference on Power Plant Technology will open its programme in the afternoon of February 19th with a platform discussion. Following their presentations, Economic Affairs State Secretary Dr. Jens Baganz and E.ON Board Member Dr. Johannes Teyssen will face questions put by ZDF environment affairs head Volker Angres on the subject of "Is Coal Getting Cleaner?"

On Wednesday and Thursday, 20and21 February 2008, the 4th German Hydrogen Congress will be heldin Messe Essen within the framework of "E-world energy & water". This will tackle current developments in fuel cell technology and will take a close look at the role of hydrogen in a sustainable energy economy. On the first day, NRW Economic Affairs Minister Christa Thoben will open the conference with a welcoming address.

Dr, Jens Baganz, State Secretary in the NRW Economic Affairs Ministry will discuss the current developments in climate protection policy with representatives of the energy industry in NRW. What are the effects of ambitious climate protection goals for companies in NRW? Are there opportunities on international markets for the "Number 1 Energy Region"? The participants will discuss with reference to specific examples where there are technical and economic options for companies from the region and whether "more" climate protection can be only achieved by cutting back on supply reliability. Participation in this forum, which will take place on 21.2. at 10:30 h on the NRW Stand 166 in Hall 3, is free of charge.

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