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Modern industry - backbone of Brandenburg’s economy

"Brandenburg is an industrial state and a top location for new industrial establishments", says Albrecht Gerber, the Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (start of the “Industrial Conference 2015” in Cottbus). 

The industry of Brandenburg can look back on a successful history. Innovations have always been the driving force to compete effectively in the national and international competition. For this, a strong interlocking of business and science is required, e.g. by the "Innovation Centre Modern Industry Brandenburg" at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, which aims at facilitating co-operations.

Brandenburg is an attractive location

Globally active companies invest in Brandenburg. The successes of the entire industrial sector are rooted in the federal state itself - in the high capacity for innovation, the qualification level of the employees, the modern infrastructure, the high density of research institutions and - last but not least - in the excellent quality of life as well as the favourable real estate prices which make Brandenburg attractive for investors.

At the forefront: Brandenburg is Cleantech region

Berlin-Brandenburg is a pioneering region of the energy turnaround! Berlin needs a lot of energy. Brandenburg can produce a lot of energy. Technologies and implementation concepts are jointly developed and tested. With the projects of the consortium WindNODE, in which all eastern federal states of Germany are involved and which is initiated by the cluster Energy Technology Berlin-Brandenburg, it is demonstrated - within the frame of the programme »Showcase for smart energy« - how to co-ordinate electricity production and electricity consumption optimally on a permanent basis. This is only possible by a comprehensive intelligent networking in which all system participants communicate with each other via an »Internet of Energy«.

The production of energy from biomass in all its aspects is an important pillar of the energy turnaround since it can be planned and controlled very easily - in contrast to the availability of wind and solar energy. The great challenge is to use the existing resources and plants even more effectively. A large number of companies and research institutions is jointly developing solutions in the fields of agroforestry systems and algae research such as biogas, biofuels and biochar. The activities of the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim(ATB) aim, among other things, at exploring the energetic use of biomass. With the provision of practice-oriented application laboratories for business partners, the ATB promotes the development of agricultural innovations up to marketability.

With an installed power of approx. 5,800 MW, Brandenburg is the No. 3 wind power state in Germany (as of 2015). Here, however, the wind turbines do not only provide electricity -they are also developedand produced here. Well-known manufacturers and suppliers produce, for example, nacelles, rotor blades or towers. At the Lauchhammerlocation in the south of Brandenburg, rotor blades for Vestas wind systems have been produced in the megawatt range since May 2002. Furthermore, companies and research institutions are involved - in the region - in both research on the rotor blades and bases and innovative technologies such as the high altitude wind technologies. The aim of the high altitude wind technology is to use, especially in the inland with high-altitude wind power plants, the stronger and more stable winds at altitudes up to 500 m and thus achieve a substantial increase in efficiency.

The capital region is perfectly suited to test methods for the stable energy supply with a high proportion of renewable energies. The core for this is the digital networking of the market participants. Technology companies, electricity producers, electricity consumers, grid operators and scientific institutions work on the necessary concepts and put them into practice. In doing so, the Power-to-Gas or the Power-to-Heat technology as well as battery storage systems play a particularly important role. In Prenzlau, ENERTRAG operates the world’s first hybrid power plant which produces - in addition to electricity and heat energy - wind gas, thus hydrogen or methane, from which water electrolysis is generated by means of electricity from wind or solar energy. In September 2014, Europe’s first commercial battery power plant, which was developed by the company Younicos, started operating in Schwerin. The fully automatic plant with 5-megawatt lithium-ion storage system stabilises - with a capacity of 5 megawatt hours - short-term fluctuations of the mains frequency with control reserve. Further battery storage projects are in progress in the solar park in Alt Daber and in the energy self-sufficient village Feldheim in Brandenburg. Europe’s largest battery storage for electricity from renewable energies (with 10 MW and a capacity of 6.5 MWh) is located in this small district. It can provide primary control reserve for the transmission grid or collect the electricity in oversupply phases. E.ON has been operating a Power-to-Gas pilot plant in Falkenhagen since 2013.

Siemens operate a burner test centre for gas turbines – the Clean Energy Centre– in Ludwigsfelde. Here, combustion processes in gas turbines will be examined and validated with the aim of enhancing the efficiency of the gas turbines and improving their flexibility regarding the use of different liquid and gaseous fuels. This involves the creation of new, high-quality jobs and the strengthening of the competence of Brandenburg and Berlin as leading energy technology region. Especially in the turbine and power plant technology, the region has particular strengths. Amongst others, the AneComAeroTest GmbH, the FTI-Group and the Florida Turbine Technologies in Wildauare already active in this field. In addition, there are the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche ZentrumfürLuft- und Raumfahrt - DLR), the Development and Test Centre in Adlershof (GesellschaftfürEntwicklung und VersuchAdlershof - GEVA), the Federal Institute for Materials Research (BundesanstaltfürMaterialforschung) as well as the universities such as the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildauand the TU Berlin with their corresponding competences.

For detailed information regarding the Cleantech-location Brandenburg, please contact our CIO-HUB partner directily: Invest Brandenburg - WFBB