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No. 01/2021 23/02/2021
German Energy Solutions News

Welcome to the current edition of the newsletter of the Germany Energy Solutions Initiative. In the bi-monthly editions we keep you up to date with the latest information about German energy solutions. Furthermore you will learn about opportunities to meet German business partners around the world. This newsletter service is provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is free of charge.

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German Energy Solutions Initiative: Upcoming events
With most scheduled events taking place online due to health restrictions, it’s business as usual as far as possible in the first half of 2021. Over the next few months there will be a packed programme for energy trade missions to connect German SMEs to local projects on the ground. Through our fact-finding missions, foreign business, research and policy representatives can gain an insight into climate-friendly energy solutions implemented in Germany. Delegates from Ecuador, Pakistan and Nigeria and a number of other countries are invited to join these missions. Each will have a technology focus such as waste-to-energy, decentralised energy generation or energy efficiency in industry and commerce. Find all our events online.

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Best practices for international cooperations worldwide – Side Events of the BETD 2021
Panel discussion at BETD Side Event 2019
Within the Berlin Energy Week form 15th - 18th March, we host two official side events. You will learn about flagship projects in Africa, Asia and Europe implemented with energy solutions made in Germany. International business partners share their experience in working together and the impact of these projects in the countries of implementation. We're looking forward to meet you online and to answer your questions.
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Flagship projects: German solar solutions in Togo, Honduras and France
PV plant Togo
Three projects around the world show the versatility of energy solutions made in Germany installed in remote and rural areas. In Togo, an off-grid, solar plant delivered by maxx-solar GmbH is promoting the use of mini-grids to help the West African country meet the enormous challenge of electrification including training for local engineers. Meanwhile, in Honduras, five scalable photovoltaic and storage systems have been installed by BOS AG in a range of hotels and offices along the coast and on two remote islands. Back in Europe, an organic farm in Alsace, France, has been equipped with an energy container-cum-glass house integrating PV modules and battery for irrigation, heating and cooling of the greenhouse.
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Chemnitz hydrogen fuel cell makes mass-production possible
An exciting new development at the Fraunhofer IWU in Chemnitz could boost the production of fuel cell stacks in Germany. The novel “Chemnitz Fuel Cells” are made using a technique called hydroforming where the bi-polar plates are formed using water pressure. The result is a higher quality plate than those used in conventional fuel cell stacks and one that is significantly cheaper as it can be made in large series.
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Could zinc-air batteries ever replace lithium-ion?
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An international team of scientists from Germany, China and the USA have developed a new zinc-based battery which overcomes previous drawbacks of the technology by using a non-alkaline electrolyte. Results so far are promising: the zinc battery is not only more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly than lithium, but also has higher energy density with good chemical stability.
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Current events within the German Energy Solutions Initiative
Veranstaltung im BMWK: Redner auf Bühne, Publikum
01.03. - 05.03.2021: Offshore Wind energy in Japan (Online)

01.03. - 05.03.2021: Energy efficient restoration and renovation in Italy (Online)

07.03 - 11.03.2021: Energy Infrastructure with focus on Energy Storage Systems in Israel (Online)

15.03. - 19.03.2021: Sustainable energy production and energy infrastructure in cities in Thailand (Online)

15.03. - 19.03.2021: Energy efficiency in buildings - solutions for the heat transition including fuel cell heating in the Netherlands (Online)

15.03. - 19.03.2021: Hydro energy and pumping storage plants with a focus on maintenance in Alabama (Online)

22.03. - 26.03.2021: Energy infrastructure and hydrogen technologies in Australia (Online)

22.03. - 26.03.2021: Energy efficiency in industry and trade in Mexico (Online)

22.03. - 26.03.2021: State of the art components for PV-systems in Pakistan (Online)

19.04. - 23.04.2021: Decentralized energy generation, grid integration and storage in Ecuador (Online)

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Do you have questions regarding the newsletter or the German Energy Solutions Initiative? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: redaktion@german-energy-solutions.de.
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Public Relations Division
10119 Berlin

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H2: GIZ / Adom the Photographer
Events: BMWK/Blumentritt
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