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61% Electricity from Solar And Wind In Germany On June 16th

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The International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR, Münster, Germany) reports that on June 16th, 2013 wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generation peaked at over 60% of German electricity output, a new record. Between 2 PM and 3 PM on June 16th, the output from PV plants reached 20.3 GW, while wind turbines supplied 9.3 GW, for a total of 29.6 GW. This represented 61% of the 48.5 GW of total generation during this hour. Coal, gas, nuclear and oil generation comprised only 18.9 GW during the hour.

[solarserver.com]

Solar Storage In Germany

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The German system of feed-in tariffs for privately generated solar power was succesfull, indeed too succesfull to the tune that the grid had trouble to process all this excess power. The logical next step is to cut feed-in tariffs and start concentrating on local storage. And this is what the German government is implementing. Size program: €50 million and ca. €2,000 per installation. With lower feed-in there will be no need for new electricity grids.

[pv-magazine.com]

A Record 7.6 GW PV Installed in Germany in 2012

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But now that feed-in tariffs are being slashed, expectations for next year are less high, somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0 GW. Previous records were 7.5 GW in 2011 and 7.4 GW in 2010.

[reuters.com]

German Solar Already Covering 50% Power Demand

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Compare this graph with a post from May this year to see that Germany is making progress with breakneck-speed. And clearly, if a country can cover 50% of its electricity needs from solar during peak hours, it also can cover 100%, provided sufficient storage facilities are available. The big difference between Germany and the US probably largely has to do with cost.

[cleantechnica.com]

Here is an article with a lot of solar data, like cost.

VW Plans 313 MPG Car for 2013

That’s 133 km/liter for this diesel-electric hybrid.

[gas2.org]
[spiegel.de] – test March 2013

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Massive Russian Order For Siemens

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695 locomotives (2.5 billion euro) to be made by Siemens for the Russian railways, strengthening geopolitical ties between Russia and Germany.

[spiegel.de]

German Solar Power Production Up 50% This Year

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Germany already was world record holder of installed solar power in 2011; it looks like that Germany will add another astonishing 50% in 2012. Solar power’s share in the country’s electricity production rose to 6.1% from 4.1% a year ago. Wind power gained slightly to 8.6% from 8.0%. Biomass plants accounted for almost 6%. Total renewables: 26% of electricity production (US 10%).

[usatoday.com]

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Northstream Twin Pipeline Completed

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Oct. 8, 2012 | Portovaya Bay, Russia | Just 30 months after the start of construction of its first pipeline, Nord Stream’s twin pipeline system came on stream today, on schedule and on budget.

[nord-stream.com]

There can be no doubt that this an event of major geopolitical significance. Europe is linking its fate to Russia, at least for the remainder duration of the fossil fuel era. The Atlantic became wider today. And this is only the beginning. Gazprom CEO Miller announced today that soon new decisions will be taken about additional pipelines, including to Britain.

[en.ria.ru]

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Highest Windturbine in the World

The tallest wind turbine is Fuhrländer Wind Turbine Laasow in Brandenburg/Germany. Its axis is 160 meters above ground and its rotor tips can reach a height of 205 meters. It is the only wind turbine in the world taller than 200 meters.

Price Development Solar Panels in Germany


Between 2006 and 2011 prices for solar panels more than halved.
We are reminded of the price decay of personal computers.

[cleantechnica.com]

Germany 2012 H1 – 26% Electricity from Renewables


During the first half of 2012, the share of renewable energy sources in the electricity supply has risen significantly in Germany, rising to a sensational 25.97%. That’s a massive increase compared to 20.56%, the percentage during the same period in 2011, and 18.3% in H1 2010.

Breakdown of that 26%:
1. Wind power with a share of 9.2% (+19.5%)
2. Biomass with a share of 5.7% (+7.5%)
3. PV-Solar with a share of 5.3% (+47%)
4. Hydropower with 4.0% (+25%)
5. Other Renewables 0.9% (+10%)

[cleantechnica.com]

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World’s Largest Offshore Windproject in Danger of Delay


Delay until next year of the beginning of the realisation of the world’s largest offshore windturbine project near the German island of Borkum by the German ergy giant RWE. Problems arose in the realm of technology as well as the judicial framework, as it is unclear wenn the turbines could in fact deliver electricity into the grid and who will be responsible for the cost: the grid operator or the electricity producer. A similar RWE project near Helgoland is delayed for the same reasons, although this one is already underway. RWE is expecting losses in the hundreds of millions of euro’s. In total 160 turbines with a total capacity of 1000 MW are at stake.

[spiegel.de]

Here Comes The Sun

English spoken documentary of Dutch origin [48 min.] about the rise of solar power. Among others interview with Hermann Scheer, one of the driving forces behind the spectacular rise of renewable energies in Germany.

[Hermann Scheer]
[The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global Future]

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Installation of 500,000 German PV Solar Systems

The video shows the installation of over 500,000 PV systems across Germany from January 2009 until September 2011. The area of the circles represents the total installed capacity per location. Data is sourced from bundesnetzagentur.de. Visualization by Chris Davis and Alfredas Chmieliauskas. For more of their work, see enipedia.tudelft.nl

Germany: Solar Through the Roof

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German solar installations to move from parks to rooftops. “Those companies who survive the current consolidation wave will experience a bright future. Especially the rooftop segment and downstream business models are expected to drive the industry forward,” stated Tobias Rothacher, photovoltaic industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.

[prnewswire.com]

Storing solar power


Rather than feeding excess solar generated power into the grid, a franco-german project succeeded in increasing “own consumption” by 26%. Lithium-ion batteries with a useful storage capacity of 6 kilowatt-hours and about the size of a normal household freezer are the centerpiece of the system.

[renewablesinternational.net]

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