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Case study Cologne, Germany; Incident with Vent Valve

Summary Valve, vents & drains installation, best practice; what Germany has learned over 100 years of operating a district energy system. Where are the weak areas. Smart valve choices for long term cost savings. Cologne’s experience of a valve vent failure and how the design was changed for...


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Germany Launches One of Europe’s Most Modern Gas-Fired Power Plants Replacing Coal-Fired Power Station

Yahoo! Finance Summary German municipal utility, Stadtwerke Kiel, launched one of Europe’s most modern and flexible gas engine-based combined heat and power (CHP) plants on the eastern shore of the Kieler Förde inlet in northern Germany. Representatives of Stadtwerke Kiel, Kraftanlagen...

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Assessing the geothermal combined heat and power potential in Germany

Alexander Richter, ThinkGeoEnergy Summary A study recently released in Germany, investigates the potential of hydrothermal geothermal energy for combined heat and power (CHP) generation in Germany. “Based on the theoretical potential of hydrothermal heat in place, the technical and...

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Aiming for Climate Targets, Germany Taps Its Geothermal Potential

Paul Hockenos, Yale Environment 360 Summary The German state of Bavaria is embracing an ambitious program of tapping into geothermal reservoirs, with Munich hoping to make its heating system carbon-neutral by 2040. But given the expense of geothermal power, can it ever rival wind and solar...

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MAN Energy achieves high efficiency at German CHP plant

Power Engineering International Summary MAN Energy Solutions has fully commissioned the new CHP (Combined-Heat-and¬-Power) plant for Schwäbisch Hall Municipal Utilities in southern Germany. MAN Energy Solutions was contracted in August 2017 to supply a MAN 12V35/44G TS gas engine to replace...

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Bavarian Minister supports geothermal master plan

Power Engineering International Summary Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger has announced intentions for a geothermal master plan, to develop the technology’s potential, demonstrate support for the expansion of district heating networks and coordinate its expansion within Bavaria. The...

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Siemens To Build Industrial Power Plant At The Marl Chemical Park In Germany

Middle East Utilities Summary Siemens will build a highly efficient combined cycle power plant as a turnkey project at the Marl Chemical Park in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The order was placed by the specialty chemical group Evonik Industries. The new industrial power plant will consist...

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Success of the Holzkirchen combined geothermal heat and power project

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary The geothermal project of Holzkirchen in Bavaria/ Germany has had its up and downs, but things are looking like there is a “happy ending”, as reported by local publication Merkur. The Holzkirchen geothermal projects provides district heating and...

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Geothermal district heating creates enticing incentive for business in Unterhaching, Germany

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary The availability of geothermal district heating has been a blessing to the local municipality of Unterhaching, near Munich/ Germany. Renewable and clean heating is a big driver for businesses settling in the city, as the example of a recent business...

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Europe's 'largest' power-to-heat facility opened in Berlin

Priyanka Shrestha, Energy News Live Summary A new power-to-heat facility claimed to be the largest in Europe has been opened in Berlin . Vattenfall said the unit, which has a total capacity of 120MW, has been connected to the district heating grid at its Reuter West power plant . ...