Düsseldorf. As representatives of the European energy market EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg AG, Electricité de France (EDF), and ENRW Energie Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH (with headquarters in Düsseldorf) will display their work at the international trade fair Power Gen Europe that will take place from May 6th to May 8th 2003. With their collaboration, the three firms show that regional and international operation are not mutually exclusive concepts, but can actually complement one another. "In a European energy market that is constantly converging it is increasingly important for many consumers that energy providers be able to provide services throughout all of Europe. The European network of EDF and EnBW thus stands for customer proximity, security of supply and innovative energy services throughout the continent," say EnBW and EDF.
"Just like Europe itself, the individual firms and energy partners within the EDF group form a diverse unity. Each contributes its own strengths and expertise and all are customer-satisfaction oriented. As a result EDF and EnBW offer a network systematically designed especially for our European customers," says EDF. More specifically EnBW and EDF are investing in power plants, are contributing to European electricity providers, and have branches in many European countries. In Spain, for example, on site customer service is provided through the EnBW partnership with Hidrocantabrico. Branches in Italy, Austria and the Benelux countries, and in Switzerland the EnBW-owned EnAlpin, provide this same service. In addition EnBW is contributing to the electricity supply of such Eastern European countries as Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In turn EDF has interests in 13 European countries such as Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland.
These locations are complemented by branch teams consisting of technical experts that can provide competent and individually-catered consultation services for energy-intensive business sectors within the scope of Europe-wide electricity supply.
Also within Germany EnBW has numerous branches and interests. With eight branches and 12 locations it has the most complete branch network in the energy industry. Together with ENRW it additionally has at its disposal an important operating platform in North Rhine-Westphalia. As a subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG, it places emphasis on markets in North Rhine-Westphalia and the neighboring Benelux region. ENRW has its headquarters in Düsseldorf and an distribution office in Dortmund.
Similar to their cooperative efforts in the development of national free electricity markets and the opening up of new decentralized markets, EnBW and EDF are also working together in the realm of product innovation and in research and development projects. "In this sector technological collaboration is the key to the future. With EnBW's research teams and the University of Karlsruhe our developers are concentrating their efforts on decentralized, environmentally friendly electricity production: fuel cells, solar energy and micro turbines. New possibilities are also emerging for the use of heat pumps or of cold plasma for filtering exhaust gas, etc. Our exchange of knowledge is only getting more intense," says EDF.
One example is fuel cells. Since 2000 EnBW's activities have included the implementation of an integrated strategy for the promotion of potential future fuel cell technology. In numerous fuel cell projects they have, together with industry partners, been developing technological expertise for their customers. The goal is to work together to develop fuel cells until they are ready for the market. At the center of EnBW's fuel cell strategy stands their effort to accumulate specific expertise for various types of fuel cells and various potential applications. For this purpose EnBW is placing an emphasis on power plants with variable production capacities. With an electrical capacity of 250 kW and a thermal capacity of 180 kW the molten carbonate fuel cell plant in the Michelin tire facility in Karlsruhe is one of the largest of its kind. For this project EnBW combines its main company focuses - market orientation, innovation and partnership. Thus the fuel cells are being developed by a consortium of firms including EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Michelin Tires Karlsruhe, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe as well as one of DaimlerChrysler's subsidiaries, MTU CFC Solutions GmbH. The German Ministry for Economics and Employment is providing 50 percent of the project's 3.6 million-euro budget with funds from the federal government's future investment program. This plant, which generates steam for the vulcanization of truck tires and electricity for the plant network, is the first fuel cell facility worldwide, in which steam for an industrial production process is being generated. A functioning model of this plant will be shown at EnBW's, EDF's and ENRW's exhibition stand.
EnBW will also show what they have been doing in the field of surface geothermics. The idea is to utilize natural heat buried up to 100 meters below the earth's surface. This is made possible either through heat probes or - when geological conditions make it cost-effective - by means of deep ground water. Since here the temperature of the natural heat from the earth is less than the necessary heating temperature a heat pump is necessary to raise the temperature.
EnBW's and EDF's favorite models of international and regional emphasis are also reflected in the trade fair's entertainment program. The international cooperative is inviting trade fair participants to a Baden-Württemberg evening at EnBW's, EDF's and ENRW's collaborative exhibition stand on May 7th beginning at 4:30 p.m. Regional specialties will be offered, such as Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli) and local wines.
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You will find the EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Electricité de France (EDF) and ENRW exhibition stand in hall 3 of the Düsseldorf exhibition center.