German companies show off renewable energy in Bangkok

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Germany’s deputy ambassador led the sales pitch as 12 German companies showed off their wares at the Renewable Energy Asia Exhibition in Bangkok.

Ingo Winkelmann hosted the German Renewable Energy Day reception at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre June 7.

The June 6-7 conference featured numerous German speakers, with the deputy ambassador taking the spotlight to highlight Germany’s pioneering role in renewable energy.

Dr. Ingo Winkelmann (2nd left) and Karl Heinz Heckhausen, president of the Thai-German Chamber (3rd from left) answer questions from interested visitors. Dr. Ingo Winkelmann (2nd left) and Karl Heinz Heckhausen, president of the Thai-German Chamber (3rd from left) answer questions from interested visitors.

“In 2011, the government declared that Germany would be free of nuclear energy until 2022. But the most important goal is that, until 2050, at least 50 percent of the energy consumption will be borne by renewable energy,” Winkelmann explained. “This is not a utopian idea; in 2011 alone, 20 percent of energy used could have been provided by renewable energy sources in Germany.”