Tag Archives: energy

Burying the problem?

22 Jun

As I continue last weeks’ path of Germany’ s nuclear phase out, I today will deal with another difficulty the country is now facing.

German Chancellor Merkel admitted the shift from nuclear to renewable energy can only be achieved by making use of fossil fuels for the time in between.

If we want to exit nuclear energy and enter renewable energy, for the transition time we need fossil power plants, at least 10, more likely 20 gigawatts [of fossil capacity] need to be built in the coming 10 years“, Merkel said in a parliamentary declaration.

This will of course cause short- to mid- term increases in CO2 emissions, but since another governmental goal is also the reduction of CO2 emissions, politicians are facing a major task.

The solution to this problem might be a technology called “Carbon Capture and storage”. To see how this might help, check out the following video:

Continue reading

Advertisements

New Dawn for Solar Energy

15 Jun

In this week`s post, I will continue illuminating the German nuclear phaseout as I did in my last two posts. This topic also gained in relevance as the Italians decided not to build nuclear power plants in their own country 2 days ago.

I n my last post, I dealt with on- and offshore wind energy and to continue the path of the renewables, I  chose solar energy as this week’s theme.

Currently, according to statista.com, only 1.1 % of the total electricity generation comes from photovoltaics, due mostly to its high price. However, as you can see in the statistics below, the solar energy is the one whose share is to increase the most compared to the other kinds of renewable energies. 

Continue reading

A Breath of Fresh Air for German Energy

8 Jun

Last week, I presented Germany’s planned nuclear phaseout. As the German government intends to replace nuclear energy by energy from renewable sources, I decided to illuminate how this ambitious goal can be achieved. This week, I focused on, according to renewable energy expert Patrick Kenji Takahashi, who I will refer to in more detail later on,  “the most cost effective of all the renewables”: the wind energy.

According to an article from the Environment News Service, Germany does not only plan to abolish the usage of nuclear energy, it furthermore gave out the objective to reduce its CO2 emission by 40% and double its use of renewable energies by 2022. The same article also states that currently, 370.000 people work in the field of renewable energies. And the experts are agreed what is the strongest force in this strikingly important economic sector: guess what, it is the wind energy again.

Continue reading

Shift of Mind

1 Jun

I think a great topic for this week’s blog post is Germany’s nuclear phaseout until 2022, as it is a major topic in the Germans’ and the EU members’ life and it will not only be a challenge to this country’s economy but also a task that demands a lot of technological progress and development in order to be achieved.

For everyone who happened to miss the news last night: Chancellor Merkel announced that the German government plans to fully abandon nuclear power within the next 11 years. She called it “a great challenge for Germany” but added this also means “huge opportunities for coming generations”. Norbert Roettgen, the environment minister, described it as follows: “This is coherent. It is clear. That’s why it is a good result.” It is a little strange if you compare this development to Merkel’s attitude to the phaseout two years ago and the extension of nuclear plants’ lifespans last year, but I will come back to that later. Continue reading

“greenwashing” – A fairy tale of the green giant!

10 May

Once upon a time, there was a huge giant covered in a cloak of trees, playing with the clouds, roaming the woods and valleys, and listening to the harmonies of willows blowing softly in the wind; he surely beamed with joy and sereneness. He was kind, the green giant: He cropped little wind generators, played the strings of overhead power lines and arranged tidal power plants in the infinite vastness of the ocean.

It can be so easy to make big things happen. When you’re a giant!

 

New advertising campaign “RWE – the energy to lead”

This slogan belongs to the imagefilm production of the advertising agency Jung von Matt as part of RWE’s big budget advertising campaign in Europe. Indeed, I was more than astonished to hear about the big news: The energy giant intends to conquer the eco- friendly market, truly in the spirit of “RWE – the energy to lead”.

Continue reading