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#107 WREC World Renewable Energy Congress XI
September 25-30, 2010

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Oct 2010
#106 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference WHEC 2010,
May 16 - 21

Essen, Germany

Jun 2010
2009
#105 "Bright Horizons 6" - A Journey
to the Edge of the Cosmos

Eastern Caribbean

Dec 2009
#104 2009 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition
Palm Springs, CA, USA

Nov 2009
#103 Fuel Cell Technologies:
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Nov 2009
#102 f-cell
Stuttgart, Germany
Sep 2009
#101 SolarPACES 2009
Berlin, Germany
Sep 2009
#100 5th Annual Hydrogen Implementation Conference
Charleston, WV, USA

Aug 2009
#99 Intersolar North America
San Francisco, CA, USA

Jul 2009
#98 European FUEL CELL FORUM 2009
Lucerne, Switzerland

Jun 2009
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Vancouver, Canada

Jun 2009
#96 telescon 2009
Vienna, Austria

May 2009
#95 Hydrogen Works
San Diego, CA, USA

Feb 2009
#94 ICEPAG 2009
Newport Beach, CA, USA

Feb 2009
2008
#93 HTE-HI.TECH.EXPO 2008
Milan, Italy

Nov 2008
#92 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Oct 2008
#91 H2Expo
Hamburg, Germany

Oct 2008
#90 f-cell
Stuttgart, Germany

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#89 INTELEC 2008
San Diego, CA, USA

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Changsha, P.R. China

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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#85 KMCM 2008
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Energy Conference (WHEC) Australia
Brisbane, Australia
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Bangkok, Thailand Thailand
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Sacramento, CA, USA
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Tokyo, Japan
Feb 2008
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Congress 2008
Essen, Germany
Feb 2008
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Changwon, Korea
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Rome, Italy
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Montecatini Terme, Italy
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San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Seoul, Republic of Korea
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London, UK
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New Delhi, India
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MYTHOS STROMLÜCKE Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
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Shanghai, P.R. China
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Düsseldorf, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Madrid, Spain
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Fremantle, Australia
Feb 2007
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Exhibition & Conference UAE
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jan 2007
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#61 2nd Annual Fuel Cells Durability & Performance 2006 USA
Miami Beach, FL USA
Dec 2006
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Washington, DC, USA
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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Nov 2006
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Mikroenergietechnik
POWER TO GOGermany
Berlin, Germany
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Albuquerque, NM, USA
Oct 2006
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Perth, Western Australia
Sep 2006
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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sep 2006
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Congress IX and Exhibition Italy
Florence, Italy
Aug 2006
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Clausthal, Germany
Jul 2006
#52 Lucerne Fuel Cell Forum 2006 Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
Jul 2006
#51 16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) France
Lyon, France
Jun 2006
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Long Beach, CA, USA
Mar 2006
#49 FC EXPO 2006
Tokyo, Japan
Jan 2006
#48 Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen im Automobil
Essen, Germany
Germany
Apr 2006
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#47 Fuel Cell Seminar
Palm Springs, USA

Nov 2005
#46 Internationale ASUE-Fachtagung
Essen, Germany

Nov 2005
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Zaragoza, Spain

Nov 2005
#44 Fuel Cell Summit:
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Uncasville, CT, USA

Oct 2005
#43 2005 Grove Fuel Cell Symposium
London, UK

Oct. 2005
#42 WHTC 2005 World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC) Singapore, Singapore
Oct. 2005
#41 f-cell 2005, Stuttgart, Germany
Sep. 2005
#40 The 27th International Telecommunications Energy Conference - intelec '05
Berlin, Germany

Sep. 2005
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Lübeck, Germany

Sep. 2005
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Sep. 2005
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Energy Congress & Exhibition

Jul. 2005
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Jun. 2005
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Brussels, Belgium

Mar. 2005
#34 Cairo 9th International Conference on Energy & Environment
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Mar. 2005
#33 1st International Fuel Cell Expo
Tokyo, Japan

Jan. 2005
 
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Washington, DC, USA

Dec. 2004
 
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Nov. 2004
 
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Shanghai, PR China

Nov. 2004
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Oct. 2004
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Oct. 2004
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Conference and Trade Show
Toronto, ON, Canada

Sep. 2004
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Sep. 2004
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Sep. 2004
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Denver, CO, USA

Sep. 2004
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Jul. 2004
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Yokohama, Japan

Jun. 2004
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Varna, Bulgaria

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May 2004
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United Arab Emirates

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May 2004
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Washington, D.C., USA

Dec. 2003
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Dec. 2003
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Jerusalem, Israel

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Announcement of the GE ecomagination Challenge, Powering the grid,
a $200 million innovation experiment

With fanfare and high expenditure in top brass, high-calibre personell on both sides of the podium and with high travelling costs, GE (General Electric Company) announced in its GE Global Research Europe Center in Garching (near Munich), Germany on July 15 the GE's US $200 million ecomagination Challenge to seek for external breakthrough ideas for a smarter, cleaner, more efficient electric grid, and to accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies. The same announcement was made by Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, at a conference in San Francisco on July 13, announcing three major initiatives that GE is committing to in order to advance their ecomagination project. GE is planning to expand further into the clean tech world, and to drive innovation around the smart grid, energy efficiency, renewables, and electric vehicles. ecomagination.com.
This ecomagination Challenge was further explained in Munich by Steve Fludder, Corporate Vice President ecomagination based in Boston, MA, USA. The challenge is initiated by one of the biggest energy supplier companies of the world, incorporated in 1892 by US enterpreneur and inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931). It is targeting to reach worldwide businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students. They are asked to submit their ideas to GE for a better energy world.

Ferdinando "Nani" Beccalli-Falco, President and CEO, GE International based in Brussels, Belgium, started the presentation in Germany with an update on GE ecomagination. He surprised the audience with a slide about the introcuction of GE ecomagination with the following contents:

Ecomagination

Lessons learned during implementation of GE ecomagination:
GE thought when they started: "it costs too much" -- They discovered: "it saves money."
GE thought when they started:"it's about green" -- They discovered: "it's about industrialization."
GE thought when they started: "customers will hate this" -- They discovered: "customers like saving money."
GE thought when they started: "this will be action by the elite" -- They discovered: "this is about scale and creating jobs."
GE thought when they started: "we'll be going it alone"-They discovered: "a system is required."
This slide was even shown twice during the day.
Asking Mr. Becalli-Falco after the conference how long it took GE from the stage: ...when we started" to: ...we discovered", he explained to me that it was reached in a periond between three to five years, ...depending on the area of work and the individual customers..." Quite an achievment, reached by such a huge organization in that time.

If only Thomas Alva Edison knew...

Both speakers in San Fransico and Munich stressed that they want GE to continue to be an open technology company. GE is going to continue to innovate and admited that it's a clear advantage to cooperate with others. To achieve this goal, the company has initiatived it`s innovative 'coopetition' model GE is now going to pursue. GE was rattling off the company's recent performance in the clean tech sector since 2005, establishing the company firmly in the center of the growing sustainable economy. Over the last five years,

GE has doubled research and development (R&D) expenditures in clean tech to US $5 billion, Revenues from the ecomagination brand grew 400%, from US $5 B to US $20 B over the same time period, The company lowered their own emissions by 22%, and saved US $130 million in energy, water, and other resource costs.
According to the speakers, this is just the beginning.
Ecomagination's goals for the next 5 years, 2010-2015:

Double R&D to US $10B,
Reduce GE's energy intensity by 50%,
Reduce water by 25%,
Launch 30 new ecomagination products in 2010 and 30 new products in 2011
About the GE ecomagination Challenge, a US Dollar 200 million innovation experiment:
Participants are asked to submit their ideas online, vote for the most promising teams and "...help us to change the way the world uses energy in powerful new ways..."

There are three categories for potential submissions:

Challenge 1: Create - Renewable Energy

According to GE, renewable energy holds extraordinary potential for helping "us" to create the energy to meet "our" growing needs. Many forms of renewable energy are highly variable in their output. This is where a more intelligent system comes in, integrating and managing renewable energy sources.

GE is developing technologies that protect the quality of power, compensating for voltage flactuations and managing output intermittency. GE wants to provide utilities with better information about energy production, transmission, consumption and energy system health to help them protect equipment and ensure safe, reliable power.

Making the best use of energy created by renewable resources is critical to a reliable supply of affordable energy.

GE is then asking potential participants: What kinds of technologies or processes do you think will maximize the penetration of renewables on the grid?

I ask GE at this point: Why are you so surprised that renewable energies are fluctuating? This is by far not new nor does it come by surprise. Sun, wind and even water are fluctuating "...by nature". In the power, or better electricity production, this is known since the implementation of the first photovaltaic and thermal solar power plants, the first wind energy plants and even the old hydro power plants. Let alone geothermal plants. They all exist since generations, generating electricity at pace.Why did GE and other major suppliers did not find solutions for this kind of "natural" challenges earlier? Why did GE not mention the worldwide biggest producers of losses which are also the biggest creators of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) incl. CO2: The power plants, operating on fossil fuels (coal, "natural" gas, even oil) as feedstock. Are they holy graves? I do not think so. If you want to initiate a real change, you have to start there, where it gains and maybe even hurts most. But as the utilities are the customers of GE and similar consortia, they maybe do not want to wake them up...

If only Thomas Alva Edison knew...

Challenge 2: Connect -- Grid Efficiency

According to GE, the U.S should have the most efficient grid in the world. But we don't. "Our" grid wastes energy at every point during every day. The solution is to connect advanced power generation to a more intelligent and more efficient grid -- that then connects with consumers.

GE is looking at different grid technologies that help lower losses and those that anticipate and monitor demand. Reducing losses frees up grid capacity, reduces the need for infrastructure capital expenditure, and protects consumers from steep rate increases. Reducing voltage eliminates the over-delivery of energy, so customers are not paying for unused energy.

GE is asking the potential participants: In terms of technology, processes and policy, what do you think are the best means to help ...us" to realize greater gains in grid efficieny and outage management?

I ask GE at this point: This is also not at all new. Why so addicted to the grid? Why are you not thinking of the 1.7 billion people worldwide who have neither access to eletricity nor to a decent water supply available? Why are they so neclected?

If only Thomas Alva Edison knew...

Challenge 3: Use - EcoHomes/EcoBuildings

According to GE, energy consumption is growing so quickly that it's creating an imbalance between demand and supply. This mismatch short-circuits power production and distribution, leading to higher energy costs for consumers and businesses. ...We need to change how and when we use energy.

We're looking at many promising technologies to help power companies and their customers share information and manage their energy use better.

At GE, we are already working on a wide range of promising technologies, including smart meters and appliances that let consumers' appliances "talk" to their power utility; wireless AMI; home area networks; renewable integration tools; demand response systems; home energy use monitoring; time-of-use pricing; plug-in hybrid electric vehicle integration; and neighborhood micro grids.

GE is then asking potential participants: What new technologies, processes or business models can help consumers use energy more wisely and improve our energy balance?

I ask GE at this point: This third challenge is more or less already defined in challenges number 1 and number 2. How can a electricity grid in a small country like Germany being 1,600 kilometers (approx 1,000 miles) long ever become smart? Why are you not addressing X and Y?

The potential revenues of the participation for potential participants:

According to the GE Terms and Conditions (these are the legal terms that control the ecomagination Challenge), the following is to be expected by sucessful participants:

Based on the evaluation of the Committee, GE may decide to pursue a business deal with you related to the technology in an entry. Such business deals could include, at GE's sole discretion, one or more of the following:

An equity investment by GE or others.
A cooperative agreement to develop a product or technology.
A distribution or marketing agreement.
A review of your product or service for possible qualification to be a part of the GE ecomagination program.
In addition to the above awards, the one Entry receiving the most user-submitted votes during the Voting Period will receive, subject to GE's review of the Entry for inappropriate content, a cash award of US $50,000.
However, the GE terms and conditions also state:

NO OBLIGATION: You acknowledge that multiple participants may submit Entries that contain concepts or technologies similar to your Entry and that GE, its subsidiaries and business partners may already be pursuing technologies that are related or similar to those that you disclose in your Entry. You acknowledge and agree that GE's action with respect to another Entry, even if similar to your Entry, shall not create in GE any liability to you or others. Further, GE is not and shall not be restricted in any way from pursuing, developing, or commercializing, in any way that GE sees fit, independent of you and at GE's sole discretion, any technology that is created independent of your Entry. For the avoidance of doubt, you acknowledge that GE is not obligated to take any action whatsoever with regard to your Entry.

WAIVER: By entering the Event, you waive all rights to seek injunctive or equitable relief, or to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or attorneys' fees.

It this point I ask GE: Is this not a little too cheap? Do you think that the commitment of GE is in balance in regards to the request to the potential participants? You are asking third parties like businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students to share their best ideas on how to build the next-generation power grid. And they just might get funded. Or may not, see above. The prices "...at GE's sole discretion, one or more of the following: (a) An equity investment by GE or others...(b) A cooperative agreement to develop a product or technology...(c) A distribution or marketing agreement...(d) A review of your product or service for possible qualification to be a part of the GE ecomagination program..." are more than debateable. I wonder, how, on which basis/calculation GE can come to announce the sum of US $200 million which is mentioned in the headlines of the GE ecomagination Challenge. Or do this US $ 200 million also includ external cost for agengies, consultants etc, who are engaged in the Challenge? All this appears to me far out of balance. When companies of with a status like General Electric Company are actively initiate a global public request for bids (tender), like GE is doing with its ecomagination Challenge, they should have looked at it before from all thinkable angles. And even from those, who might not be thinkable, because of lack of imagination.

The ecomagination initiative challenges, terms and conditions suggest a greenwashing campaign like Dupont and other big pollutants did. We hope, at least, that this campaign will make people think differently and be open to real green products and services.

If only Thomas Alva Edison knew.

Also, I am courious about the number of real entries CE is going to receive. I wish them all the very best. I also wonder, which effect this action will be having on the GE employees. 35,000 of those are working in R&D alone. I am sure, that you, "the GE management", underestimates the power in these individuals, who are on the GE payroll already. And you also underestimate the impact, this GE ecomagination Challenge has on your own employees. Most of them will return "back into normal working mode" when they hear about this initative. Their emphasis to work hard for GE and to greate "greater values" for GE will have been highly dampened by the GE ecomagination Challenge. I also wonder, which effect this action will have on other stakeholders. They might get nervous, wondering and questioning themselves: Does "my" esteemed company GE really have to rely on external knowledge from students? Nothing against students at all, hower, but a GE shareholder may think: So far, I trust(ed) the GE management as I thought they knew what they were doing, also in repect to future market opportunities.

If only Thomas Alva Edison knew. He`d rather better not, though...

 

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Wasserstoff für alle: Wie wir der Öl- Klima- und Kostenfalle entkommen
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Vorwort von Arno A. Evers

Warum dieses Buch?

Viele reden von Wasserstoff, kaum einer weiß, wo er nachhaltig herkommen soll.

Milliarden Menschen leben heute im materiellen Wohlstand, der auf einem fossil-atomaren Energieversorgungssystem aufgebaut ist. Doch nicht nur die Endlichkeit dieser Ressourcen, sondern die gesamte Schädigung der Umwelt, die aus dem Verbrauch der globalen Energievorräte hervorgeht, stellen die Menschheit vor immer größere Herausforderungen: Einerseits muss der Verbrauch fossiler Brennstoffe gedrosselt, zugleich jedoch der Energiebedarf einer beständig wachsenden industriellen Zivilisation gedeckt werden. Zwar liegen heute noch Welten zwischen dem Energieverbrauch pro Person in den Industrienationen und den dynamisch wachsenden Schwellenländern. Aber die Menschen in diesen Regionen werden sich immer mehr dem Verbrauch in den Industrieländern anpassen. Wer will ihnen den Zugriff auf Energie und Mobilität verweigern?

Eine globale Energiewende ist durch die Nutzung erneuerbarer Energien technisch möglich – auch ohne fossile Brennstoffe oder Atomkraft. Hier wird seit Jahren der Aufbau einer Wasserstoffwirtschaft diskutiert, vieles wurde versprochen, einiges wurde erreicht, aber die Frage bleibt offen: Gehen die heutigen Entwicklungen in die richtige Richtung?

Weltweit sind fast alle aktuellen Wasserstoff-Aktivitäten den Ideen der 70er Jahre verhaftet, als die erste Ölkrise staatliche Forschungsprogramme in den USA, Japan und Europa ins Leben rief. Was schon damals fehlte und bis heute immer noch fehlt: Eine intensive Auseinandersetzung damit, woher der Wasserstoff eigentlich kommen soll, der die oft zitierte „Wasserstoff-Wirtschaft“ oder, besser noch: eine zukünftige „Wasserstoff-Gesellschaft“, antreiben soll.

Immer noch ist die Gewinnung des Wasserstoffs aus fossilen oder nuklearen Primärenergien die allgemein akzeptierte Vision einer zukünftigen Wasserstoffwirtschaft. Dieser Weg führt nicht wirklich weiter, wenn man es mit der Reduzierung von Umweltschäden durch den Verbrauch fossiler Ressourcen und mit einer effektiven Energieversorgung wirklich ernst meint und dann trotzdem auf den Verbrauch fossiler Ressourcen zurückgreift. Leistungsfähige und schadstoffarme Produktionsverfahren für Wasserstoff müssen implementiert werden, um Raum für neue Ideen zu schaffen.

Klimaschutzpolitik wird heute eher halbherzig in dem althergebrachten und unflexiblen Geflecht der zentralen Energieversorgung betrieben und durch den Bau „effizienterer“ Kraftwerke oder der Forcierung auf Kernenergie reduziert. Die hohen Verluste, die in diesem Prozess bei der Erzeugung und Verteilung von Strom anfallen, scheinen allerdings niemanden zu interessieren. Was nicht so schwer zu verstehen ist: Wer hat schon Interesse daran, das System der größten und mächtigsten Industrie der Welt, die der fossilen Energiekonzerne, in Frage zu stellen?

Auch die viel propagierte Strom- und Wärmeerzeugung aus Biomasse schafft keinen wirklichen Hoffnungsträger. So, wie sie heute betrieben wird, führt sie zu nichts anderem als zu stromgesteuerten Bioenergie-Kraftwerken, die mehr schlecht als recht mit Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung arbeiten. Da sie auf jahrhundertealten Technologien basieren, bieten sie wenig Intelligenz- und Optimierungspotential. Nur wenig der eingesetzten Primärenergie wird hier, aufgrund der thermischen Umwandlung und der physikalischen Gesetze der verwendeten Dampf-Kreisläufe und Verbrennungsmotoren (Carnot-Prinzip), in Elektrizität umgewandelt. Darüber hinaus verhindern große Leitungs-und Umwandlungsverluste den effektiven, sinnvollen Umgang mit vorhandenen Ressourcen. Wo steht geschrieben, das wir eine zentralistische Energieversorgung brauchen, bzw. das diese zwangsläufig ist?

Wir brauchen keine Verbesserungen in einem verlustreichen System der Energieversorgung. Was wir benötigen, sind radikal neue, globale Ansätze, die alle Anforderungen an eine nachhaltige Umwelttechnologie erfüllen.

Karl-Heinz Tetzlaff zeigt einen solchen Weg auf, der eben nicht auf zentrale Strom-Erzeuger und - Verteiler-Strukturen aufbaut. Sein Vorschlag: Man nehme eine bzw. mehrere gute Ideen, verbinde sie zu einem ganzheitlichem Konzept und kreiert damit eine dezentrale, wärmegeführte, echte Wasserstoff-Infrastruktur, die diesen Namen auch verdient. Als Primärenergie schlägt Tetzlaff Biomasse vor, die zu Wasserstoff umgewandelt wird. Was sich einfach anhört und schon heute technologisch beherrscht wird, bedeutet einen Quantensprung der gesamten Energieversorgung: Weg von Öl, Kohle und Gas, hin zu dezentraler Energieerzeugung und -Verteilung. Elektrizität, Transportleistung und Wärme werden erst am Ende der Wertschöpfungskette am Ort des Verbrauchers geschaffen. „Power to the people“ im wahrsten Sinne der Worte. Alle Verfahrenstechniken und Komponenten dafür sind bekannt und werden beherrscht, es geht eigentlich nur um die wirklich “sinnvolle” Verknüpfung dieser Elemente.

Die Logik seiner Ideen ist frappierend: Der Werkzeugkoffer in diesem Buch ist von Tetzlaff perfekt gepackt, alle Komponenten sind detailliert erläutert und mit Zahlen, Daten und Fakten unterlegt. Jeder kann sofort unter dem Motto: „Es gibt nichts Gutes, es sei denn, man tut es!“ biologisch mit der Realisierung beginnen.

Ich hoffe sehr, dass es uns gelingt, den Einsatz nachwachsender Rohstoffe in der Strom- und Energieversorgung ökonomisch und ökologisch sinnvoll zu nutzen und damit auch die Wasserstoffwirtschaft zu etablieren, die von Experten seit Jahren prophezeit wird. Fangen wir heute damit an!

Arno A. Evers, Starnberg, im Frühling 2008

Evers ist Gründer des Gemeinschaftsstandes
Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen
auf der jährlichen HANNOVER MESSE seit 1995

www.hydrogenambassadors.com

 

 
   
On July 10 2008 appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) from Munich under the heading: "Restricted view of the world with contradictions" five Letters to the Editor about an interview with BASF chairman Juergen Hambrecht: "The culture of positive is lost" / SZ, June 28. One of these readers' letters was by Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr from Munich, this is the Letter to the Editor, published by Arno A. Evers, Starnberg:
Letters to the Editor printed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 10 2008:
Everybody can now be pleased to have found the "guilty" in energy consumption.
   
Am 10. Juli 2008 erschienen in der Sueddeutschen Zeitung (SZ) aus München unter der Überschrift: "Beschränktes Weltbild mit Wiedersprüchen" fünf Leserbriefe zu einem Interview mit BASF-Vorsitzenden Jürgen Hambrecht: "Die Kultur des Positiven ist verlorengegangen" / SZ vom 28. Juni. Einer dieser Leserbriefe war von Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr aus München, dies ist der veröffentlichte Leserbrief von Arno A. Evers, Starnberg:
Leserbrief aus der Süddeutschen Zeitung, 10.7.2008:
Alles freut sich, einen „Schuldigen" beim Energieverbrauch gefunden zu haben. Aber was sagen die Fakten? ...
   

 
 

The fast and furious success of mobile phones worldwide
August 14, 2008
Topic: Trading & Marketing
In summer 2008, the number of registered mobile phones (in German also mistakenly nicknamed: "Handy"), will exceed 3.3 billion, which means over half of the world’s population now statistically owns a registered wireless mobile phone. Congratulations to all involved in this process!

About the Development of Renewable Energies in Germany in 2007.
June 11, 2008
Topic: International
What do the numbers: 6.6, 6.7, 6.9, 8.5 and 14.2 have in common? All give the proportion of renewable energies (RE) at the Primary and Final Energy Consumption in Germany in 2007 in percent. Which figure, however, is correct?

Four steps to a new reliable, cleaner and decentralized Energy Supply based on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Ocober 13, 2003
Topic: Generation
With a new reliable, cleaner and decentralized Energy Supply based on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, incidents like the August 2003 blackout in U.S. and Canada would not have happened. The "components" to achieve this goal are all available; some need additional R&D work, but the target can be achieved.

“Why should I buy a Fuel Cell?”
February 7, 2003
Topic: Generation
The question “Why should I buy a fuel cell?” is discussed by experts at nearly all weekly Fuel Cell (FC) conferences worldwide. This question is also spinning in the heads of some highly relevant target groups: politicians, governmental administrators, the media, the general public and most importantly, our future generation.

Powering our Future: Setting The Stage for Fuel Cell Commercialisation
November 11, 2002
Topic: Utility Business
This outlook of the future will show what could be the necessary elements needed to move Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (H2/FC) to commercialisation. Rather than focusing on the technology itself, this article concentrates on the “bigger picture” comparing how influences have impacted the progress of developing new technologies in the past and how this precedent can be applied to the present day situation. In this process, the consumer plays the key role.


 
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: A Comprehensive Guide
By: Rebecca L. Busby
Copyright 2005 by PennWell Corporation, 1st American Edition, August 2005
ISBN 1-59370-041-5

Excerpt from Chapter 4:
Applications and Markets, page 166-167.

 

Consumer Demand

The future of hydrogen economy based on fuel cells might depend not on replacing our existing energy-powered equipment, but on consumer demand for new products and services that we can’t imagine today. Novel uses for hydrogen could add value to peoples’ everyday lives, perhaps just by saving time.

Convenience and usefulness could drive demand and accelerate mass production, said Arno A. Evers of Arno A. Evers FAIR-PR. History shows that completely new services enter the public market as luxury goods at very high price, affordable only by elite, wealthy consumers. If the service of product offers desirable advantages, demand will grow and production costs will fall, lowering prices. The breakthrough for everyday fuel cell applications could come from a new service with unforeseen benefits.

One example might be what Evers calls the personal power car, similar to Amory B. Lovins’s concept described in Chapter 1, which would be fuelled initially by reformed natural gas and eventually by renewable power. However, consumers would have to be able to save money by using heat and electricity produced by the car and also make money by selling power from it while the car is parked.