Process technology

The member companies of the VDMA Water and Wastewater Technology Group of the VDMA Process Plant and Equipment Association and also those of the VDMA Electric Automation Association (involving other companies) drew up the VDMA Specification 24658: 2015-07 "Water treatment and waste water treatment: Process automation to increase operational efficiency and reliability - Advice for planning, engineering and execution phases". The new VDMA Specification is currently at DIN for examination.

Water and wastewater technology

Draft regulation of the European Commission
In mid-year, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum requirements for water reuse.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is launching a new funding programme entitled "Innovative Wastewater Technology" as part of its Environmental Innovation Programme (UIP).
Export market China booming with 54 percent growth
German manufacturers of components and systems for water treatment, wastewater and sludge treatment were able to stabilise their exports at a high level in 2017. Compared to the previous year, exports rose slightly (plus 0.4 percent) to around 993 million euros (2017) compared to around 990 million euros (2016).
The July issue of the VDMA Nachrichten published the article "Beverage industry - Water technology with cleanliness" in its column Focus Technology. This article dealt in depth with the foodstuff water.
We only need water for drinking, cooking and washing, right? Not even close! Water is in everything around us – from paper to clothes, computers and cars. Do you know how much water runs through your hands every day without you knowing it?

Recooling technology

Zur CHILLVENTA 2018, der Messe rund um Energieeffizienz, Wärmepumpen und Kältetechnik, informierten die Fachabteilung Rückkühltechnik und die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Instandhaltung Gebäudetechnik des VDMA im Rahmen eines Fachforums zur Umsetzung der 42. BImSchV.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety has introduced the draft of a directive on evaporative cooling systems and wet scrubbers (VerdunstKühlV) in January 2016.
The process plant and equipment association has published a new edition of the Product Directory Process Plant and Equipment, in which the member companies inform about their products.


The images "Power-to-X 2030" have set a starting point for the new Power-to-X for Applications (AG P2X4A) consortium, which was founded on 11.12.2018. The AG is focussing on this topic, which is important for energy system transformation, climate protection and sector coupling, with over 50 committed companies.
At the 3rd VDMA Future Business Summit, more than 80 participants discussed the top topic Power-to-X as a building block for global climate protection and the associated opportunities for mechanical engineering. Lectures and pictures for download    :: For members
Ambitious climate protection and greenhouse gas neutrality require great efforts in all sectors. Power-to-X, the conversion of electricity into other forms of energy, can make a significant contribution - our third scenario study in the series "Images of the future for machinery and equipment engineering" for download     :: For members
On March 12, 2018 a delegation of 23 senior IOCL managers met with VDMA members to discuss the future role of alternative fuels such Hydrogen, LNG and energy efficiency. VDMA gave an introduction on the German Energy Transition and the consequences for the maritime and petrochemical sectors. Germany’s industry is faced with various challenges connected with the decarbonization. An efficient energy transition in Germany and Europe will only work if the power, transport and heat markets will be coupled via power-to-X technologies. VDMA members offer power-to-X solutions already today.
In order to achieve the ambitious, long-term energy and climate targets, the energy transition must not be reduced to a "turnaround" in the power sector only. In fact all energy sectors – power, mobility and heat – have to be coupled in an efficient way. The VDMA formulates requirements for a successful energy sector coupling in it’s VDMA Position Paper. Power-to-X process plays a key role.
Monika Mages
Monika Mages
Process Engineering Department: Consultant for Statistics, Marketing, Press and Public Relations, Marketing Working Group of the Process Engineering and Equipment Association / Member Support / Events and Publications
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Richard Clemens
Richard Clemens
Managing Director
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