Reußenköge/Husum – At the “Expert” trade fair held in conjunction with the New Energy Days 2019 from 21 to 23 March 2019, the GP JOULE Group presents future-oriented solutions as part of the watt_2.0 industry event covering the production, storage and use of renewable energy. A particular focus this year is on sustainable ongoing operation strategies for after expiry of funding under the Renewable Energies Act, especially by cross-linking the power, heat and mobility sectors. One concrete example of this is eFarm – Germany’s biggest green hydrogen mobility project initiated by GP JOULE; a large-scale model of the project set up at the GP JOULE stand illustrates the underlying systemic concept. Small municipalities can find out about the benefits and methods of remunicipalising their heat supply – naturally using renewable sources such as local industrial waste heat, biogas and wind power. At the trade fair in Husum, GP JOULE also demonstrates how to set up an electrically powered fleet – whether e-car or e-bus – and establish e-sharing/e-pooling models; the company’s mobility container will be in place at the entrance up to and including 24 March. In addition, visitors can gain insights into the comprehensive and certified services provided by GP JOULE as an operator of renewable energy plants, in particular heat grids and charge infrastructure.
“2019 will be an important year in terms of the advancement of renewable energies – in particular in the context of sector cross-linkage”, says Ove Petersen, co-founder and CEO of the GP JOULE Group and Board Chairman of the regional association for renewable energies watt_2.0, which is also the organiser of the industry event at New Energy Days 2019 in Husum. “Power from wind and PV has now become so affordable that it is profitable to transfer it to other sectors. New climate protection legislation is about to be passed in Germany, and at the same time the country is facing problems with diesel traffic and the phase-out of coal. So renewable energies are becoming increasingly important – though the challenges remain complex. This is why we believe it is crucial to provide information about concrete ways forward and opportunities for integrated energy solutions, as we are doing at this year’s New Energy Days.”
Wind park operators affected by the expiry of funding under the Renewable Energies Act from 2020 will be particularly interested to visit the GP JOULE stand – with its special “Keep-On-Turning Counter”: here, experts are able to assess potential for further operation of wind energy plants as well as providing needs-oriented information on the relevant revenue models for marketing. In collaboration with GP JOULE, the first wind turbine operators in Schleswig-Holstein are already setting an example and will no longer be producing solely electricity in the future: these include Windpark Ellhöft (production of hydrogen for a nearby hydrogen filling station), Energie des Nordens/Greenpeace Energy (feeding hydrogen into the natural gas grid) and Windpark Bosbüll. Bosbüll is using surplus power to generate heat (power-to-heat) in combined heat networks with large-scale heat accumulators.
The conversion of electric power to hydrogen (power-to-gas) offers even greater potential as an interim storage facility for surplus power, as a raw material for industry or as an environment-friendly fuel in the area of mobility. The hydrogen mobility project eFarm in North Frisia is a beacon project: providing an integrated hydrogen infrastructure including production, processing and fleet usage, it uses regionally generated wind power to produce green hydrogen. By the end of 2019, PEM electrolysers (225 kW each) will be installed at five sites for this purpose – in the vicinity of wind turbines and heat grids. Meanwhile two hydrogen filling stations are being built in Husum and Niebüll, and two buses powered by hydrogen and fuel cell provide a scheduled local public transport service.
For years now, GP JOULE has supported mainly small rural municipalities in establishing local heat grids, supplemented with an operating model that is tailored to local needs as a joint public-private partnership – a municipal utilities organisation based on renewable energy. New projects in Schleswig-Holstein are now going ahead in Witzwort and Haselund. Witzwort is seeking to tap into local industrial waste heat from the local dairy company, which is well-known throughout the north. The next step will then initially be to conduct a feasibility study based on the Heat Grids 4.0 programme. In Haselund, GP JOULE has founded a renewable energy utility company (Renergiewerk) and aims to set up a sustainable municipal heat supply system in collaboration with the local authorities and involving the local biogas plant. GP JOULE offers the full range of success-critical expertise from a single source: the necessary studies and concepts, PR, project funding and legal/technical planning and implementation, as well as customer management and operation.
At New Energy Expert 2019, GP JOULE’s CONNECT division will mainly be addressing local authorities, the housing industry, public utility companies, the tourist sector and commercial enterprises: it will present a field-tested range of high-performance and easy-to-install AC/DC charge infrastructure facilities featuring optional modules such as invoicing, charging network, independent power generation and individually tailored service level agreements. This is particular interesting for the housing and tourism sectors, as well as for companies and municipalities. Modern AC charging infrastructure is combined with e-car and e-bike sharing/pooling models to create an economically attractive overall package. Electrified parking spaces can thus be installed while at the same time making the most of savings potential. In front of the entrance to the Husum trade fair centre and for the entire duration of New Energy Days up to and including 24 March, GP JOULE CONNECT will also be presenting a mobility container featuring various sharing schemes involving various e-bike models, integrated charging stations and PV rooftop modules. The container will be appearing at popular holiday resorts on the North Sea and Baltic coast from spring 2019. Not least, visitors can find out about the latest rental schemes, e.g. e-car/e-bike rentals, whether on a daily or yearly basis – ideal for people who would like to find out for themselves what e-mobility is like. This is particularly attractive from a tax point of view as of 2019: there is now a temporary reduction of 0.5 per cent on the gross list price for electrically powered company cars which are used for private purposes.
GP JOULE SERVICE is the division of the GP JOULE Group that offers a professional service portfolio for the technical operation and management of renewable energy plants throughout the whole of Europe – including analysis, maintenance, on-site management and reporting, and even including facility care and limited partner management. In January 2019, TÜV Rheinland certified the company's quality management system for the operation and servicing of photovoltaic systems and the operation of wind energy plants according to DIN ISO 9001:2015. At New Energy Expert, GP JOULE SERVICE will be demonstrating to interested visitors the added value they can expect from their projects in terms of security, quality and profitability as a result.
Ms. Birka Friedrich
GP JOULE GmbH
Head of Corporate 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
Mobile: + +49 (0) 177-8830622
Ms. Friedrich and Mr. Bovi look forward to meeting you for talks at New Energy Expert 2019. Meetings can be arranged in advance by e-mail or telephone.
About GP JOULE:
Founded in 2009 based on the belief that a 100% renewable energy supply is feasible, GP JOULE is now a system provider for integrated energy solutions from solar, wind and biomass power as well as being a partner at the supply level for heat as well as electric and hydrogen-powered mobility. A pioneer in the area of sectoral cross-linkage, the medium-sized company group has a workforce of over 200 employees at sites in Germany and North America.