Another nail in coal’s coffin? German steel furnace runs on renewable hydrogen in world first

Another nail in coal’s coffin? German steel furnace runs on renewable hydrogen in world first

The company successfully demonstrated the ability for hydrogen to be used to fuel a steel blast furnace, and Thyssenkrupp sees the achievement as the first step towards transitioning the manufacturing industry towards zero-emissions steel production.

Largest floating solar farm in the Netherlands switched on

Largest floating solar farm in the Netherlands switched on

German energy company BayWa's renewable energy subsidiary , which undertook the development, said the 40,000 solar panels took just six weeks to complete in partnership with Dutch firm GroenLeven.

Germany's CO2 emissions set to fall “markedly” in 2019 as energy use declines

Germany's CO2 emissions set to fall “markedly” in 2019 as energy use declines

Projections have indicated for years that Germany would widely miss its national 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels.

Spain’s Acciona Launches Nordex Takeover Bid Amid ‘Turbulent’ Wind Market

Spain’s Acciona Launches Nordex Takeover Bid Amid ‘Turbulent’ Wind Market

Spanish infrastructure group Acciona has offered to take over wind turbine supplier Nordex, moving to bolster the company's finances amid market “turbulence” in the wake of rival German supplier Senvion's insolvency.

The German Tech Startup That's Shifting Power From The Energy Conglomerates To The Consumer.

The German Tech Startup That's Shifting Power From The Energy Conglomerates To The Consumer.

Two years later, disillusioned by the corporate greed of the large energy companies, and with a desire to prove that a fairer peer-to-peer trading model could work, they quit their jobs to start Lition AG, a Berlin-based startup that aims to transform the energy market using blockchain technology.

‘Germany’s largest’ EV battery-powered stationary storage system will give grid flexibility

‘Germany’s largest’ EV battery-powered stationary storage system will give grid flexibility

A consortium including Daimler and The Mobility House – the latter of which is working on the Advanced Battery Storage project - previously built what was claimed to be the world’s largest stationary storage facility using second-life EV batteries in 2016.

Renewables deliver 47% of total generation in Germany so far in 2019

Renewables deliver 47% of total generation in Germany so far in 2019

Renewable energy in the European industrial power house of Germany has delivered 47 per cent of the country’s total electricity generation so far in 2019, with wind and solar alone combining for more than one third of total generation, and renewables outstripping fossil fuels for seven months in a row.

Equinor to sell half its stake in German wind farm for £445m

Equinor to sell half its stake in German wind farm for £445m

Roland Dorig, managing partner of Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners, said: “We are delighted to invest alongside two of the most experienced offshore wind players in the sector, as well as expanding on our existing relationship with RWE Renewables.

Double Jobs Blow as Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Plan European Cuts

Double Jobs Blow as Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Plan European Cuts

European wind turbine manufacturers Siemens Gamesa and Vestas will cut a total of almost 1,200 jobs from manufacturing plants in Denmark and Germany, and there could be more job losses to come for the sector.

Greta Thunberg, the UN summit, and a gridlocked DC: Another day of dramatic climate action, in photos

Greta Thunberg, the UN summit, and a gridlocked DC: Another day of dramatic climate action, in photos

Also today: Thunberg joined a group of 15 young people from around the world suing five countries — Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey — for not taking enough action on climate change and violating their human rights.

Daimler stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars

Daimler stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars

According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Daimler development chief Markus Schaefer said that they currently have no plans to develop a next-generation combustion engine and they are focusing on new electric powertrains.

From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends climate change message viral

From Byron Bay, Australia to Cologne, Germany: Collaborating internationally sends climate change message viral

The key messages of the presentation given by Professor Will Steffen at the Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB) BIG U TURN AHEAD event last June, have been passed on to more than 72,000 people, thanks to a series of Twitter posts distributed from Cologne, Germany.

Greece, Slovenia among five EU countries to introduce fossil fuel subsidies

Greece, Slovenia among five EU countries to introduce fossil fuel subsidies

The UK, Germany, Greece, Poland, and Slovenia even plan to introduce new fossil fuel subsidies, at a time of heightened awareness of the climate crisis and despite committing ten years ago to end such support, the CAN said.

Angry residents send German wind industry spinning

Angry residents send German wind industry spinning

Market players said the tipping point came in 2016 when Germany amended its Renewable Energy Act. After almost two decades of providing subsidies to prop up the nascent sector, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government decided that the industry was now sufficiently mature and began withdrawing support.

North Macedonia's ESM gets KfW’s donation for Bogdanci wind farm

North Macedonia's ESM gets KfW’s donation for Bogdanci wind farm

The German development bank KfW has allocated MKD 10 million (about EUR 162,500) to North Macedonia’s state-owned electricity producer Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM – former ELEM) for updating an environmental impact assessment study and other consulting services for an expansion of the Bogdanci wind farm.

Petrofac completes offshore wind project in German North Sea

Petrofac completes offshore wind project in German North Sea

Petrofac has hailed the start of power generation from a major offshore wind project in Germany.Petrofac, in partnership with Siemens, were awarded the contract in 2014 by German-Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT for engineering, procurement, construction, transport and offshore installation of the platform.

Lufthansa offers climate friendly fuel

Lufthansa offers climate friendly fuel

German airline Lufthansa is launching a website that allows customers to buy climate-friendly plane fuel to compensate for the emissions caused by their flight.The aviation industry has come under fire from climate campaigners for its comparatively large carbon footprint, though airlines note that it constitutes only 2% of man-made emissions worldwide.

Orsted will continue to ‘outpace’ other firms transitioning to offshore wind, Macquarie says

Orsted will continue to ‘outpace’ other firms transitioning to offshore wind, Macquarie says

Mr Kruger also said he believes Orsted will “surpass” its 15 gigawatt (GW) target by 2025, thanks to its lower cost production in offshore wind assets in the UK and Germany.

ANU Researchers: Nature Offers Potential for Endless Renewable Hydrogen

ANU Researchers: Nature Offers Potential for Endless Renewable Hydrogen

The Australian National University (ANU) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI-CEC) in Germany led the study, which for the first time identifies an important photosynthetic process that enables plants to split water.

New wind installations up in Europe in H1 but Germany drives onshore down

New wind installations up in Europe in H1 but Germany drives onshore down

The combined installations of new onshore and offshore wind capacity in Europe in the first half of 2019 were at 4.9 GW, which was up on the same period last year (4.5 GW), though onshore installations were down due to serious issues in Germany, according to a press release from wind power association WindEurope.

How to spend windfalls from windfarms?

How to spend windfalls from windfarms?

On land three miles north of Lybster, German energy giant E.On Climate and Renewables will soon learn if Scottish ministers will approve its Golticlay windfarm, comprising 19 430ft turbines.

German renewables deliver more electricity than coal and nuclear power for the first time

German renewables deliver more electricity than coal and nuclear power for the first time

The result was a six-month period in which renewable energy sources produced more electricity than coal and nuclear power plants together. For the first time 47.3% of the electricity consumers used came from renewable sources, while 43.4% came from coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

Nordex Group to supply turbines for HEP’s first wind farm

Nordex Group to supply turbines for HEP’s first wind farm

Croatia’s state-owned power utility Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group) has placed an order with German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group for the supply of 18 N131/3600 turbines for the Korlat wind farm, according to a press release from the German group.

Leading lignite miner in eastern Germany moves into battery storage market

Leading lignite miner in eastern Germany moves into battery storage market

Clean Energy Wire: Eastern Germany’s largest energy company and lignite mine operator, LEAG, has started work on a large-scale storage project that could help close a gap in the energy transition by enabling easier integration of renewable energy in the power grid.

Solar PV single largest source of Germany’s net power production in June

Solar PV single largest source of Germany’s net power production in June

For the first time, solar energy topped the list of sources for Germany’s net public electricity supply in June 2019, generating 19 percent - ranking ahead of lignite (18.6 percent) and wind (17.7 percent), according to research institute Fraunhofer ISE’s Energy Charts project.

How energy choices after Fukushima impacted human health and the environment

How energy choices after Fukushima impacted human health and the environment

Credit: Kharecha and Sato, 2019 Now the not-so-positive news: Our hypothetical scenarios show that if Japan and Germany had reduced coal instead of nuclear after Fukushima, they could have together prevented about 28,000 air pollution-induced premature deaths and 2.6 billion tons of CO2 emissions between 2011 and 2017.

Germany renewable energy share jumps to record 47% for first five months of year

Germany renewable energy share jumps to record 47% for first five months of year

As this table notes, the biggest contributor over the first five months of the year was wind energy, which accounted for more than 26 per cent of the electricity produced in Germany over the first five months of the year.

VW’s electric car push gathers speed with 20,000 ID.3 orders

VW’s electric car push gathers speed with 20,000 ID.3 orders

German auto group Volkswagen has taken an earnest first step on promises to deliver millions of electric vehicles to its global markets, as it works to restore the reputation that was all but demolished in the Dieselgate emissions scandal of 2015.Last night (Australian time), VW board member for marketing and sales Jürgen Stackmann confirmed that in less than one month since opening the books to take reservations, the German carmaker had taken 20,000 reservation payments for its ID.3 hatchback.

Speed bumps on German road to lower emissions

Speed bumps on German road to lower emissions

Mining regions are key parts of Alternative for Germany (AfD) strongholds in ex-communist eastern states like Brandenburg and Saxony, where the far-right party placed first in Sunday's European elections. In coal phase-out, Germany pledges billions to mining regions.

New Highland onshore wind farm to bring in £3.3m

New Highland onshore wind farm to bring in £3.3m

German energy firm Innogy claim the new Bad a Cheo Wind Farm in Achkeepster near Caithness is capable of powering up to 22,000 households each year. Developers of the new wind project also announced that Bad a Cheo would provide £3.3m in community benefit fund for the local area.