GERMAN EXPO 2017 PAVILION
Future generation vehicles, smart houses and smart electrical network: German pavilion offers a journey to the world of innovative green energy developments. For instance, this smart house generates more energy than consumed by its inhabitants. Here, a plastic is obtained without fossil fuels. Other exhibits tell about ways of obtaining energy from the earth. Energy from biomass is being actively developed in Germany. A few years ago, Germany produced 44 terawatt-hours of electricity from biomass. This is enough to light up all the street lights in the country for 10 years.
DIETMAR SCHMITZ, GERMAN EXPO PAVILION COMMISSIONER:
- The one which is very interesting is the algae façade, that means from these plants in the water and through special technologies you can gain electricity and these projects are a part of Germany possible for example at the north sea. So there is already one house in Hamburg which produces electricity via algae. You can gain up to 70% of the house needs on electricity and the rest must be, of course, gained by other renewable energies or traditional energies.
This year, Germany set the national record - almost 85% of its electricity was obtained from alternative sources of energy. According to experts, the industrial country is ready to produce up to 100% of renewables.
GULMIRA AMATOVA, GUIDE:
- Germany represents 5 sources of alternative energy: wind, water, geothermic, biomass, and the sun; as you can see, they are marked in different colors on the floor. In the center of our pavilion, you can see a device, which is called "Smart Grid". It is divided into two parts: one side shows what sources of energy we use to generate power, and the other shows how we apply it. This interactive device lets visitors to find a balance between production and the use of energy showing it on the screen.
The presented wind power station is not just a mock-up, but a joint project of Kazakhstan and Germany. Ereimentau Wind Power Park is located 100 kilometers away from Astana and is one of the largest in Kazakhstan. The place is the most suitable for a wind power plant because of constant winds blowing here. The average wind speed of 8 meters per second ensures constant power production.
ARDAK ALBRECHT, GUIDE:
- This terminal is operated online and is connected to real Ereimentau wind power plant. Meters show the technical data on wind speed and direction, the amount of electricity that is being produced. The wind power park’s capacity is 50 megawatt. The annual output is 140,000 megawatt-hours.
However, the most spectacular moment is the laser show. German pavilion visitors place their electronic keys on a special slot and launch ‘energy production’. This demonstrates that every person takes part in the transition to alternative energy sources, and only joint efforts lead to sustainable green energy development.
Germany invested nearly 15 million euros in its national pavilion. Creative design and the concept have shortly attracted a large amount of visitors. Nearly 50,000 people visited the pavilion in just one month. They are expecting more than 400,000 visitors.
- We learnt about all types of energy that are being used. There is also a swing that demonstrates the work of hydraulic turbine.
- I flew from Germany and am very proud of our national pavilion. I liked that everything looks positive here, there are a lot of projects. I think that it is as good as Kazakhstan’s pavilion.
German pavilion’s theme is ‘Energy on track’. Germany is one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of "green" energy. Germany is planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% and abandon nuclear power plants by 2022. EXPO 2017 is a bridge for the exchange of the most advanced technologies.