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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 . ...


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Harnessing the Heat from Beneath – Geothermal District Heating of Erding, Germany

Think Geoenergy Summary A recent article in local publication Merkur from Germany reported on how the search for oil ended up with a geothermal heating plant that today supplies the city of Erding with heat. For now more than 20 years STEAG New Energies GmbH Erding has supplied the city of...


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Geothermal part of project to explore renewables-based heating in city of Hamburg

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary An innovative project has won as part of a competition by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics. With that Hamburg's municipal energy provider can now secure subsidies for a planned project to enable renewable energy based district heating supply,...


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Geothermal energy and beer - Drilling for geothermal below the Munich Octoberfest

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Summary The fifth well for the geothermal heating plant of Stadtwerke München (SWM), the city utility of Munich, is being drilled below the Oktoberfest, the infamous annual beer festivities of Munich. While everything above ground is prepared for the...