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HVDC Takes Offshore Wind Farther in Germany

Offshore wind energy is one of the big sources of hope for a successful clean energy turnaround in Germany. The existing wind parks in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, however, have a performance of only 200 megawatts (MW) altogether - low compared...

Posted July 9, 2012    

“Germany's Nuclear Phase-out Will Be Successful and Without Serious Risks”

Germany has made one of the most radical policy changes in the wake of Fukushima. Like Japan, it decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022. Furthermore, by the middle of the century, fossil fuels shall...

Posted October 7, 2011    

Volvo, Siemens Team To Develop Europe's Electric Vehicle Market

In late August Siemens and the Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo announced a comprehensive strategic partnership to promote the development of electric cars. Now Siemens presents its huge range of products...

Posted September 21, 2011    

German Rail: 1 Billion For Electricity From Hydropower

Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn is under pressure: With the imminent abolition of nuclear energy in Germany new concepts for railway power are needed. This is why Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chief Executive of Deutsche Bahn, and Dr. Jürgen Großmann,...

Posted August 8, 2011    

Ok Computer: IT Waste Heat Warms Workers' Showers

The garbage men of the city of Hamburg/Germany are showering with water that is heated by the waste heat of a server room. The key to this ecologically and economically favorable solution is a large heat accumulator with a volume of 30,000 liters....

Posted June 17, 2011    

Pump-As-Turbine Powered By Falling Industrial Wastewater

 As one of Europe’s largest production and research site, the Industriepark Höchst, (in Frankfurt Germany) is home to 90+ companies in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, basic and specialty chemicals, crop protection, food additives and services....

Posted May 5, 2011    

Fuels and Biogas From Household Waste

After five years of practical experience the time has come for Imtech, one of the leading companies for technical building equipment in Germany, to offer a promising procedure for the treatment of residual household waste to the international market...

Posted April 14, 2011    

Interview: Siemens CTO on Building Energy-Efficient Cities

At Hanover Fair I met Dr. Michael Weinhold, chief technology officer of Siemens Energy. Here are his thoughts on how to make cities more energy-efficient.     Dr. Weinhold, what are the biggest levers to increase the energy...

Posted April 6, 2011    

New Ideas For Small Hydropower Plants

 In the next 20 years the installed capacity of hydropower in Europe will increase by around 86 700 MW. This is one result of a recent study by Trend Research, a German market research firm that assessed the hydropower potential of 18...

Posted March 22, 2011    

Renewable Heating: Good for the Purse and the Climate

Heating oil in Germany is currently more expensive than ever before at the beginning of a year. In this harsh winter, households that have already switched to renewable heating are in a financial advantage. In addition, heating systems based on...

Posted February 11, 2011    

Renewables Can Be Beautiful: Land Art Design Prized at WFES

Wandering over the huge Masdar stand at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, a very interesting picture exhibition caught my eye. It showed dozens of futuristic design studies of renewable energy plants, most of them more art than...

Posted January 19, 2011    

Renewable Energy: Costs and Markets – An interview with Siemens Renewable Energy Head René Umlauft

The World Future Energy Summit 2011 (WFES) at Abu Dhabi attracts a world-class lineup of royalty, heads of state, ministers and senior industry players. Today, I had the chance to talk to one of these important industry leaders: René Umlauft is the...

Posted January 18, 2011