Posts tagged as germany

“Practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has chosen twenty energy research consortiums to be eligible for €100-million a year in state funds. The selection was made following a nationwide competition as part of the country’s “Energiewende”, i.e. its transition to renewable and sustainable energies. The grant money is intended to enable companies […]

Biogas plant given a new lease of life

Nordmethan, a company in the Weltec Biopower Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Germany. The company says it will modernise the 2,2 MW plant and return it to full operation as a going concern. The original plant had been set up in 2009 for the digestion of horse manure and the sale […]

Challenges and opportunities in South African and German electricity markets

South Africa’s electricity sector is undergoing a multifaceted transformation brought about by energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of independent power producers. This article considers the fundamental elements which characterise the German and South African energy markets, highlights the challenges which are prevalent in the energy […]

What is the future of nuclear power?

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction. The WNISR2017 assesses the status of new-build programmes in current nuclear countries as well as in potential newcomer countries. This is the Introduction to the report. Click here to download the […]

How to transform the electricity system

  Speaking at an event hosted by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) recently, Markus Steigenberger, the deputy executive director of Agora Energiewende, said that the transformation of the German electricity system from a dependency of coal and nuclear to renewables has resulted in a significant reduction in harmful emissions and pollutants.     The […]

The German nuclear programme of World War Two (Part 3)

  Nuclear power, which may be the cleanest and cheapest technology for the generation of large amounts of reliable electricity to meet the base load requirements of mines and other energy intensive industries, has an interesting history which dates back over 70 years. The first part of this article discusses the history of the discovery […]