Review - the Technical Programme on innovative power supply technology

EnergyDecentral 2016 offered a Technical Programme that featured one Forum, one Special and plenty of discussions and further events for a comprehensive overview on current topics and issues in the energy industry. This time, the emphasis was on renewable energies and CHP plants as well as on wind and solar power. 

The ‘Servicing and maintaining CHIPs’ Special

The 2016 Special revolved around servicing and maintaining CHIPs - a topic that is of central interest for operators of biogas and combined heat/power plants that are fuelled by natural gas. These facilities require dependable servicing and proper maintenance to ensure a safe and profitable long-term operation. Watch this video to get inspired! 

The ‘EnergyDecentral’ Forum

The 2018 EnergyDecentral Forum provided a platform where experts had the opportunity to present topical issues, state-of-the-art processes and products as well as outline the policy framework conditions. High-calibre speakers from the SmartEnergy sector and the energy sector within the food industry outlined the latest trends and led exciting panel discussions.  

Biogas Convention in the conference area in Hall 2


The Biogas Convention is held alternately in Nuremberg at the BIOGAS Convention & Trade Fair and in Hanover at EnergyDecentral. The next Convention is held in Nuremberg on 12-14 December 2017 (

Looking ahead to 2018

More details on the Technical Programme of the next EnergyDecentral show will be available here in spring 2018.

Marcus Vagt, Project Manager, DLG EnergyDecentral Trade Fair, about opportunities and perspectives of decentralised energy supplies.

Marcus Vagt: Decentralised energy supplies deliver the actually required quantity of energy right at the place of consumption. Let’s take the cogeneration of heat and power using stationary gas engines, for example, which offers clear advantages in this context and will certainly play a major role in the future. However, there are also cost-effective biogenic sources of energy that are either derived from manufacturing processes or substantially support regional value creation. Concepts for using waste materials from local energy sources for generating energy are therefore becoming more and more important. Last but not least, storage technologies play an ever greater role in achieving balance between energy demand and energy generation, given that the latter can fluctuate strongly. 

Vagt: That’s true; the food industry has a highly differentiated need for various forms of energy, regardless of whether in the form of electricity, heat, steam or cooling. Many appropriate technologies have been available for quite some time and have also been deployed successfully in production systems within the food industry for a long time. Also, the food industry not only generates energy itself, it is additionally closely interconnected with agriculture and to some extent also produces its own substrates for sustainable energy generation.

Vagt: The EnergyDecentral offers particular benefits due to its synergies with the EuroTier, the world’s leading trade fair for professional animal husbandry. A large part of the trade fair is concerned with grinding, mixing and metering substrates for animal feeds and the bioenergy sector. Transporting liquids and bulk goods in industrial plants, and drying and storing materials are also enormously important, and ultimately all processes need to be controlled and monitored. We believe that all of these topics are equally as relevant to the food industry.