EnergyDecentral 2018 with attractive technical programme

As the leading trade fair for decentralized energy supply, EnergyDecentral once again provides an international technical programme with Forums, Specials and information on topical themes in the fields of biogas, biogenic solid fuels, motor systems (combined heat and power plant), wind power, solar energy and smart energy in 2018 as well.

Solar, wind and storage systems – Renewable energies in live use

Photovoltaic systems with pure electricity infeed are becoming obsolete. Modern all-in systems already cover a large part of the power requirements on farms today, filling storage facilities or charging electric vehicles. EnergyDecentral shows how advanced decentralized energy supply is in agriculture and what challenges are connected with implementing the vision. In the Highlight Special at EnergyDecentral, visitors will be able to join the DLG presenter at a live show displaying an electric vehicle charging station, the necessary grid technology right through to electrically powered vehicles and the connection to the farm working circuit.

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! 

Biogas – A changing market

The biogas sector has changed substantially in recent years. Alongside sales of electricity, additional sources of income are emerging through new strategies for needs-oriented provision of electricity. The ways in which the biogas market is developing will be discussed at the Biogas Convention. Following its successful premiere within the framework of EnergyDecentral 2016, this event will be held again in Hanover in 2018. Further technical highlights in the field of biogas will be the DLG Forum Event on the subject of “Straw fermentation”, “Post EEG” (German Renewable Energy Act) and “The filling station of the future”.

Outdoor-Special – “Biogenic solid fuels – wood and stalk-type biomass”

In the current energy mix, solid fuels are becoming increasingly significant as a climate-friendly alternative. Alongside logs, wood chips, wood shavings, sawdust and sanding flour, straw and other stalk materials are being used to produce energy. For instance the use of stalk biomass in heating plants can represent a cost-efficient alternative for local heat supply to villages and towns. This is why EnergyDecentral is focusing on the topic of “Biogenic solid fuels – wood and stalk-type biomass” in an attractive live demonstration.

The market for biogenic solid fuels is hotly contested. In order to stand out against the competition through consistent high qualities, suppliers are using certification schemes. EnergyDecentral provides an overview of the range of international certifications.

Motor systems (Cogeneration plant)

Repairing machines before they break down – predictive maintenance is becoming ever more important in the decentralized energy supply sector too. Alongside the maintenance and servicing of cogeneration plants, the field of Predictive Maintenance will therefore be a technical priority area. Further topics will be flexibilisation and emission requirement strategies.

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.


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