Reußenköge/Husum - The recent so-called 'Diesel Verdict' pronounced by Germany's Federal Administrative Court has unleashed a fresh debate about the mobility of the future, as it becomes abundantly clear that conventional drive technologies can no longer be regarded as a "clean" medium-term solution. GP JOULE demonstrates at the New Energy trade show from 15 to 18 March 2018 in Husum that the truly climate-friendly drive forms and technologies of the future are already available here and now and can be used to create value for the region.
The future is already well underway according to Ove Petersen, co-founder and Managing Director of GP JOULE: "China and Japan are seeing a veritable boom in electric and hydrogen mobility, US sales of electrically powered luxury segment sedans have surpassed those of conventionally powered models, and European capitals such as Brussels, Paris and Rome have announced they will be completely banning diesel vehicles from inner city areas from 2020 and 2024 respectively; meanwhile in Germany, there are still many politicians and representatives of the automotive industry arguing that drive forms such as diesel and petrol engines will be needed for a long time to come They claim that car manufacturers have to be able to adhere to CO2 fleet targets and safeguard jobs in Germany. But the technologies of the past are not the solution when it comes to tackling the mobility of the future. If German car manufacturers don't rethink fast, their products will become increasingly difficult to sell in the markets of the world."
For Schleswig-Holstein in particular - barely at the forefront of value creation in the automotive industry or among suppliers - huge opportunities will open up if the region is able to focus on developing and applying climate-friendly and environmentally compatible technologies. "The magic word here is sector cross-linkage," says Petersen. This means using renewable energies such as wind or solar power for in other sectors such as mobility, i.e. for battery-driven cars. If a range of 300 kilometres or more is required, or travel times of more than three hours, hydrogen produced from green power using electrolysis techniques is the perfect choice of fuel. The electrolysis technology needed for this is developed and manufactured by GP JOULE's subsidiary H-TEC SYSTEMS in Lübeck, for example - a clean and innovative future technology 'made in Schleswig-Holstein.
Green hydrogen: the all-rounder of the mobility turnaround
Green hydrogen can already be produced at increasingly low cost from renewable electric power from the region and then used in fuel cell cars, trucks or buses for local public transportation. Ove Petersen: "If we do more to focus on this technology - especially up here in the north - we will not only succeed in finally cleaning up the air in our cities and municipalities, we will also reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. For example, we can also generate additional earnings to finance wind power stations whose funding period under German renewable energies legislation is due to expire in the years to come. In this way we can also make it easier for regionally generated wind power to become fully integrated in the market."
At New Energy, GP JOULE will therefore be offering visitors a hands-on experience of future mobility: they can try out electric cars, fuel-cell cars and a fuel-cell bus, for example. The hydrogen required at the trade show will be provided by a mobile hydrogen filling station. Green hydrogen is the fuel of the future for regional rail transportation in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, too: some 70 per cent of the region's rail network is not electrified but served by diesel locomotives. A new, better technology already exists: a fuel-cell motor coach for regional trains that runs on green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is also the perfect fuel to replace diesel and fuel oil in shipping worldwide as well as regionally, e.g. on Schleswig-Holstein ferries that serve the islands and provide offshore shipping transportation - as a result there will be no more particulate matter, NOx or SOx in the port basin city centres of Kiel, Flensburg, Husum and Brunsbüttel.
Green hydrogen: a key element in Schleswig-Holstein's value creation
"The use of green hydrogen made from wind and solar power is a perfect example of how renewable energy from the region can be put to enhanced use, generating added value locally and making the region more independent of the speed of power grid expansion. Based on smart integration, efficiency levels of more than 95 per cent can be achieved in conversion: this provides the basis in terms of energy policy, in conjunction with the low costs of producing wind power in Schleswig Holstein and North Germany," explains Petersen. The parliament of Schleswig-Holstein has also emphasised the enormous potential of green hydrogen in terms of economic growth, prudent industrial policy and job creation - as recently reflected in a motion to expand hydrogen technology in the state, which was passed with a majority vote. Ove Petersen sees this as a trend-setting move: "After all, green hydrogen from renewable energies and the associated technologies 'made in SH' have the potential to be a leading export to the whole of Germany, as well as to Europe and worldwide. Schleswig-Holstein is seen by other countries as a pioneer of future technologies; only in Germany itself - i-e. amongst politicians in Berlin - is there a lack of courage, creativity and determination to establish a level playing field for all technologies." The conversion of power from renewable energies into green hydrogen and its application in all sectors is currently discriminated against.
GP JOULE sees a unique opportunity for Schleswig-Holstein here: after all, the technologies and solutions that are already in demand worldwide are developed and brought to the market by numerous committed enterprises here in the north. However, they will have to be used on a widespread basis in Germany too if they are to become successful exports. "This is why it makes sense for the whole of Germany to literally tap into the fresh wind blowing from the north so as to become not only the world market leader for 20th century technologies but also the number one in the area of green technologies for a decarbonised economy in the not-so-distant future. The technologies required are here - they work, and many of them come from Schleswig-Holstein" - such is Ove Petersen's appeal. "Everyone is invited to find out for themselves in Husum from 15 to 18 March."
To find out more about the solutions offered by GP JOULE and CONNECT, visit the joint stand of the watt_2.0 member companies in the show container on the exhibition grounds of New Energy Husum as well as at the central stop for the hydrogen bus.
Ms. Birka Friedrich
Head of Corporate Marketing & Communications
Tel. +49 (0) 4671-6074-237
Mobile +49 (0) 174-3194644
Mr. Timo Bovi
Director Governmental Relations & Public Affairs
Tel. +49 (0) 4671-6074-235
Mobile + 49 (0) 177-8830622
GP JOULE GmbH
Ms. Friedrich and Mr. Bovi will be more than happy to meet for talks at New Energy. Meetings can be arranged in advance by e-mail or telephone.
About GP JOULE.
Under the motto "TRUST YOUR ENERGY" and driven by the belief that 100% renewable energy is a feasible option, GP JOULE has shown itself to be an innovative and universal partner to businesses, local authorities and investors ever since it was founded in 2009. At sites in Germany and North America, a workforce of more than 200 develops energy and operating concepts for the future-oriented use of sun, wind, biomass and energy storage systems. GP JOULE has already made sector cross-linkage possible with its solutions in areas such as power-to-gas technology, municipal heat supply and electric mobility. GP JOULE CONNECT offers a 360-degree approach for this purpose that is built around its core products - power and charging infrastructure.