Hanover Fair 22 - The transformation to a climate-neutral future

Climate protection and climate neutrality need state-of-the-art technologies. The mechanical and plant engineering sector is developing the solutions for a climate-neutral future and is showcasing its vast know-how at the Hannover Messe: from software and components to the entire plant system.

European industry is in the middle of a huge task. By 2050 at the latest, the continent is to be climate-neutral, emitting only as many greenhouse gases as can be offset by other measures. This enormous transformation of national economies can only succeed with the help of state-of-the-art technology, and mechanical and plant engineering is an indispensable pioneer in this respect. Not only because the production of virtually all goods can be made more resource-conserving and energy-efficient through modern machinery. With the help of solutions from mechanical and plant engineering, control processes of complex systems are also improved, innovations in other industries are stimulated and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced all over the world. At Hannover Messe, the world's leading trade fair for industry, these technologies and ideas for the future will be on display and discussed in many forums and events: from A for Additive Manufacturig to Z for (fuel) cell.

As the leading industry association for mechanical and plant engineering, the VDMA supports its member companies on their way through this industrial transformation. For example, the association is coordinating the companies' extensive activities to establish a global language for machine communication (OPC UA) - an open interface standard that is just as indispensable for Industrie 4.0 as the rapid introduction of 5G technology on production floors. It is no less significant for companies to develop new business models based on a platform economy. And data protection must not be forgotten in the process. In times of ubiquitous cyberattacks, industrial security is becoming increasingly important. At this year's Hannover Messe, the VDMA and its members will be showing how companies can master all these challenges of digitalization.

But it's not just machines that make climate protection possible in the first place; the solution usually starts with the individual components. Components that enable valuable data for Industry 4.0 applications and networked production come from drive and fluid technology. Technologies that actively contribute to climate protection, such as predictive maintenance or condition monitoring, are only made possible in this way. And of course, drive technology also plays the decisive role in the drive to change people's entire mobility. To move away from fossil fuels, electromobility must be significantly expanded and fuel cells must be made suitable for series production. The expansion of renewable energies and the development of a hydrogen economy with multiple application possibilities are at the top of the agenda, and the conversion of green electricity into other energy sources(power-to-X) is being driven forward with power by mechanical and plant engineering. And at the same time, it must also be ensured in the future that people are reliably supplied with sufficient energy. A theme day at the Hannover Messe will show how security of supply can be guaranteed.