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The role of gas in Germany's energy transition

Julian Wettengel, Clean Energy Wire Summary Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But the industry says flexible gas-fired electricity generation is the...


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Germany awards 112 MW in CHP tenders

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Germany has awarded contracts for just under 21 MW in its first tender for ‘innovative combined heat and power (CHP) systems’. The country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said seven bids totalling around 23 MW had been received, but...


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Milestone for CHP in German 'bioenergy village'

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Since 2011, an energy self-sufficient village in Germany has generated 1500 MWh and 3600 MWth with a biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) system. The system from Lower Bavaria-based biomass CHP specialist Spanner Re2 supplies the...


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Getting to grips with Germany’s CHP regulations

GlobalData Energy, Power Technology To date, the country's CHP plants obtained funding support for cogeneration involving a capacity of up to 50 kilowatt(kw) and a time period of ten years. Credit: Courtesy of Christian Schröder Summary Germany has been undertaking measures to decarbonise...


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Cities, Villages as Fulcrum of Germany’s Energy Transition

Chineme Okafor, This Day Live Summary Chineme Okafor, who just returned from a tour of Germany’s energy infrastructure, where he worked alongside 12 other international journalists, writes on the central role of municipalities and villages in the country’s power sector One remarkable feature...


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Bayer lauds ‘perfect suitability’ of CHP for its chemical operations

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary German pharmaceutical, chemical and life science giant, Bayer , greatly appreciates the role combined heat and power is playing in facilitating its operations. Currently, a 60/40 joint venture of Bayer and LANXESS, manages and operates the...


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German power plant lobby sees tighter supply by 2023

Reuters Summary FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German power companies see a potential gap between conventional electricity supply and demand by the early 2020s, urging policymakers to help investors plan better by rewarding conventional capacity and speeding power grid expansion. “Existing...


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World's Largest Chemical Producer 'Convinced' on Merits of Combined Heat and Power

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer has put its faith in combined heat and power plants (CHP) , as a means of efficiently serving its facilities energy needs. The company has been using CHP to heat and power its facilities for over 20...


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Centerpiece of K.I.E.L. Coastal Power Plant Complete

Press Release, Business Wire KIEL, Germany--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Delivery of the 20th and final gas engine completes the centerpiece of one of the most modern and flexible gas engine-based combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Europe—the K.I.E.L. coastal power plant. Today, representatives...


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Innovation keeps Germany's cogen market moving

Steve Hodgson, Decentralized Energy Summary There’s always something happening in what is by far the largest cogeneration market in Europe, Germany, with its schemes from the micro to the macro. In the last couple of weeks, E.ON subsidiary HanseWerk has brought on-stream a fourth...