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100 % renewable. This is what a sustainable energy future for Europe and the world should look like: climate-neutral, efficient, secure. What role will hydrogen or other chemical energy storage systems play in this transformation process? In many areas of application, especially in air, sea and heavy-duty transport, amd also in large mobile machinery, direct electrification will not be possible in the foreseeable future or will be difficult to implement. The transmission of regenerative power over longer distances comes up against physical limits. The aforementioned energy future will therefore not be possible without the cross-border, intercontinental exchange of renewable energies that can be stored and thus transported. Internationally, projects are currently emerging at strong production locations that guarantee scaling and cost reduction and entail international value chains. This is how change comes about through new energy partnerships and the associated technological innovations. #MakeItNew

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IGF | Innovationstag Mittelstand 2023
Minister Habeck calls for making change through innovation happen »by moving from science to business«

According to the slogan »Embracing change through innovation«, around 300 exhibitors presented the results of their research and development projects funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). These demonstrate the innovative strength of the German Mittelstand. On a tour, Federal Minister Dr. Robert Habeck, State Secretary Michael Kellner and Dr. Daniela Brönstrup, Head of the Digital and Innovation Policy Department of the BMWK, took a closer look at projects which this year focused on top priorities such as sustainability, climate protection, digitalisation and health.

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Change through Innovation | Hydrogen
Wasserstoffmotor Live: The hydrogen engine is ready to start

This clear signal was sent out by "Wasserstoffmotor Live", organised by the Allianz Wasserstoffmotor. 24 exhibitors, including many FVV members, showed the concentrated potential of hydrogen technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on 30 June. The hydrogen engine demonstrated its potential for a wide range of applications in the commercial vehicle sector, although massive investments still need to be made.

The alliance, founded in 2022, combines the knowledge of around 70 renowned members from industry and research. It sees itself primarily as a communication platform with the aim of sharing findings with society. The members agree that the future belongs to hydrogen.

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Change through Innovation | Renewable Energies
IMO adopts strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a new strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from seagoing ships in London on 7 July.

The most important result of the strategy are the revised climate protection targets for the shipping sector.

Greenhouse gas emissions from international maritime shipping are to achieve net carbon neutrality by around 2050 in line with the long-term temperature target of the Paris Agreement.

In addition, IMO has set targets for the use of climate-neutral technologies, fuels and energy sources.

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Knowledge transfer: news from the world of projects

The transfer of knowledge, technologies and know-how from research to application is a central element of Industrial Collective Research (IGF). FVV as a transfer platform provides continued exchange between science, industry and society with reports from the research projects, transfer + networking events and this newsletter.  #wearetransfer

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MTZ 06/2023 | Thematic Report
Sustainable powertrain systems –research for the mobility of the future

In its pre-competitive collective research, FVV pursues a technology-open approach giving equal consideration to all sustainable powertrain systems and energy sources: battery-electric solutions as well as hydrogen use in fuel cells or thermal converters and other alternative energy sources. This mix allows the individual concepts to fully leverage their specific advantages for the respective applications and customer specifications. To quickly achieve the climate and energy policy goals, research for the sustainable mobility of the future is conducted in parallel within several projects.

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MTZ 02+03/2023 | Thematic Report
Zero-impact emissions – research for a new generation of IC engines

Until now, analyses of the exhaust gas levels of vehicles with combustion engines have focused solely on their pollutant emissions. With the »zero-impact emissions« approach, the concentration of pollutants in the ambint air forms the basis for assessing the exhaust gas level. Through several projects, the FVV is expanding pre-competitive research and laying the the groundwork for the development of »zero-impact vehicles« whose emissions have no impact on air quality.


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EU plans for a comprehensive ban
PFAS regulation OR energy transition

The EU's planned ban on the entire PFAS group of substances (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) would endanger many industrial processes - especially the technologies of the energy transition: Fuel cells, heat pumps, solar plants, hydrogen electrolysers. Many entrepreneurs from the mechanical and plant engineering sector are calling for the ban to be stopped and for a differentiated view of the approximately 10,000 substances. A comprehensive PFAS ban, as planned by the EU due to environmental hazards in consumer products, would have a devastating effect in the industry. It would be as excessive as it would be unjustified. This is because, according to the OECD, the so-called "polymers of low concern" are not a danger to the environment and must therefore be excluded from a ban, requests VDMA in a new position paper.

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Still too few female engineers in mechanical and plant engineering

There are still too few women in mechanical and plant engineering. At around 11 percent, they are clearly underrepresented.

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Research & Development
Machinery manufacturers invest more money in research and skilled employees

R&D remains a central topic in mechanical engineering. This is evidenced by the increasing expenditures of the companies.

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  • FVV Transfer + Networking Events | Transfer report Spring 2023
  • FVV Transfer + Networking Events | Programme Autumn 2023
  • 15th International Conference on Electric Vehicle Drives and E-Mobility | Programme September 2023
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