Pavilion tour

Entrance area

The entrance to the Pavilion will feature presentations by the 16 German states. There will be display boards and short films providing information about regenerative energy production projects and tourist attractions in the respective states. In this way, visitors can find out some basic facts about Germany and gain an insight into the "made in Germany" Energiewende before entering the pavilion.

SmartStick and SmartPoints

When entering the Pavilion, all visitors will be given a SmartStick which is programmed in their native language. The tool will allow them to activate and interact with the individual exhibits. In so doing, visitors will gather knowledge and, in a figurative sense, energy, which is stored as SmartPoints on the SmartSticks. In the "Energy Show" at the end, the SmartPoints on all the SmartSticks are combined to start the demonstration. The clear message behind this is that by using their knowledge and experience, people can work together to change the world for the better.


The first station in the German Pavilion is the intro. It shows the challenges faced by mankind from a global perspective: Climate change is a global task, but signs of a new and improved era of energy are also visible around the world.

Fascinating photographs of nature give an impression of the enormous energy offered by the five regenerative energy sources: wind power, solar power, hydro power, geothermal energy and biomass.

The Map of the Future

Wind power exhibit

The first exhibit in the "Map of the Future" exhibition space is devoted to wind energy. At the centre is a model of a wind park comprising five large rotating windmills. In front of the wind park model are two terminals which can be activated with the SmartStick. They turn out to be the control centre of the first—and so far only—Kazakh wind farm Yerementau I, which is located 100 km north-east of Astana and was built with German help. Here visitors can find out interesting details about the 50 MW plant and track current data from the wind farm via a live link.

Topic chosen by:

  • FWT energy Service GmbH, Waigandhain

Future of the solar cell exhibit

With its sixteen screens, the exhibit resembles a small solar park embedded in the landscape. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW), the exhibit depicts various solar modules which are the focus of current research activities. Visitors can use their SmartSticks to activate four displays, showing them the future of the solar cell and allowing viewers to find out about the advantages of the modules on show when compared with conventional technologies.

Topic chosen by

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg
  • Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Stuttgart

Decentralised hydro power exhibit

The symbol for decentralised hydro power is the prototype of a river turbine that seems to float in the middle of a cross-section of a riverbed. The exhibit informs visitors about the potential of hydro power, for example in the electrification of rural regions. It explains the functions of turbines and small river power plants, presenting exemplary projects from all over the world. Visitors are able to visually experience the principle of a turbine by means of a water see-saw, which consists of a transparent tube partly filled with water with the model of a turbine in the middle. When the see-saw is tipped, the motion of the water drives the turbine and causes a light to come on.

Topic chosen by:

  • SMART HYDRO POWER GmbH, Feldafing

Geothermal energy exhibit

In one corner of the space, the "Map of the Future" opens out into a dark burrow. It goes underground to uncover the mysteries of geothermal energy. The exhibit explains the principle of geothermal energy and presents various options for using this energy source. Using their SmartSticks, visitors can virtually "drill" through the earth's layers.
By way of example, a show house in Astana built with German support demonstrates that geothermal energy can play an important role in Kazakhstan's energy production, too.

Topic chosen by:

  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • Petroline GmbH, Celle

Smart Grid exhibit area

The Smart Grid exhibit area focuses on the benefits of intelligent networks. It shows the potential of intelligent networks for global energy supplies and gives examples from both macro and micro perspectives.

Topic chosen by:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES), Kassel
  • EXYTRON GmbH, Rostock
Smart Grid table This exhibit is about achieving a balance. Through a fun group experience, the interactive table conveys one of the main requirements of a modern network: that production and consumption are in balance.
The exhibit shows how production and consumption change constantly over the course of a day, and yet the Smart Grid nevertheless manages to achieve a balance between the two sides at all times. When a visitor steps onto the footplate around the table, the table becomes unbalanced. The goal now is to bring it back into its initial position as quickly as possible in order to balance the electricity network. This is best done with other visitors — and it is a lot of fun. Smart Grid Touchscreen IWES — macro perspective A touchscreen monitor is integrated into the wall behind the Smart Grid table, which visitors can activate using their SmartStick. Here they discover that the electricity networks of whole countries turn into smart networks. An interactive application from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) shows how Germany could run on regenerative energies alone today — if there was a corresponding expansion of capacities and pipelines. To this end, the IWES has developed a complex scenario that combines real data on consumption and weather (sun and wind) and that visitors can explore through questions and tasks. Smart Grid Exytron — micro perspective The exhibit shows an off-grid solution for an island situation and makes it clear that even on a small scale, smart grids are the basis of a sustainable energy supply. The exhibit presents a model of an island with various consumers and producers (windmills, solar cells).
Visitors will experience how the intelligent network reacts to different situations when combined with a power-to-gas system: No matter how much electricity is required, no matter whether it is windy or sunny — electricity is always available without fossil fuels.

The City of the Future

Future of mobility exhibit area

Topic chosen by:

  • BMW Group, Munich
  • Diamant Fahrradwerke GmbH, Hartmannsdorf
  • emco electroroller GmbH, Lingen
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, Herzogenaurach
  • Ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH, Berlin
  • TRILUX Vertrieb GmbH
Using the example of mobility, this exhibit area shows how the Energiewende will impact the life of every individual — for the better. The exhibits underline the many ways in which the German industrial and research landscape is committed to a future of electromobility.

The following will be on display:
  • A BMW i8
  • A DIAMANT electric bicycle
  • An EMCO electric scooter
  • A SCHAEFFLER Formula E vehicle model
  • A SCHAEFFLER E-Wheel Drive model
  • A TRILUX charging station
  • A UBITRICITY charging system

To begin with, visitors will learn about what the transport methods and technologies on display mean to the Energiewende. Then they will be able to see the objects and find out about their technical properties. Finally, visitors will be able to read a summary on the advantages of electromobility.

Power-to-X exhibit

At this exhibit, visitors will learn about a future technology that is still in development. The so called power-to-X procedure uses water and CO2 to produce the basic materials needed for plastic production without using oil or natural gas.

The exhibit simulates a machine which allows visitors, to produce a virtual object such as a garden gnome or a trainer at the push of a button, after just a brief introduction to the basics of innovative technology.

Topic chosen by:

  • sunfire GmbH, Dresden

Efficiency House Plus exhibit

The exhibit presents the new energy standard "Efficiency House Plus" — houses that generate more energy than they consume, and exclusively renewable energy at that. On the outside, visitors are greeted by a model of a cross-section of a house standing on its head, a clever way of depicting this a paradigm shift. Inside, visitors get an insight into how an Efficiency House Plus works. Pictures and text are used to present different construction components, such as building envelopes and rooftop photovoltaic systems, with which houses can produce surplus energy for the first time in the history of habitation.

On a large map of Germany, visitors will be able to see the locations and details of more than 35 Efficiency House Plus model projects which have already been implemented, including ground plans, technical concepts and overviews of the energy produced and consumed by the individual buildings.

Link to the broschure

Topic chosen by:

  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • ZEBAU GmbH, Hamburg

Algae façade exhibit

An exact reproduction of an algae bioreactor dominates the right-hand side of the "City of the Future", and is a vivid representation of how the Energiewende will also have a visible impact on the daily lives of every individual.

Visitors can find out more about the living "organic skin" with a touch-screen monitor. With the help of a real algae house in Hamburg, the exhibit explains how an algae bioreactor works, from supplying the algae with waste water and its growth through photosynthesis to using heat energy and harvesting the algae foam. This high-quality biomass can be used for the production of food and cosmetics, among other things.

Topic chosen by:

  • SSC GmbH, Hamburg

SmartHome exhibit

The SmartHome exhibit is situated in a mostly enclosed space which visitors enter through a door opening.

The interior walls are decorated with graphic collages of the inside of a typical house, with the everyday features that we are used to seeing every day, such as windows, a kitchen with a washing machine, fridge and coffee machine, and a living room with electronic entertainment systems. Using their SmartSticks, visitors can bring the individual objects to life and learn how heating, lights, blinds and much more are controlled and regulated in a SmartHome, and the benefits this has on everyday energy consumption.