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World’s longest superconductor in operation in Germany

20 Nov 2014   by   Comments (0)

One benefit of Germany’s energy transition is supposed to be technological innovations. The new superconductor currently being tested in Essen is a good example of how the Energiewende could ensure German technological leadership. Craig Morris says the project also shows what the future looks like for large utilities.

Transformer Station

Superconductors might make many transformer stations obsolete. (Photo by wdwd, CC BY 3.0)

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How winning over rural constituents changed the political discussions on renewables in Germany

18 Nov 2014   by editor   Comments (1)

In Germany, support for the Energiewende is not a matter of party membership. It is a field where all parties are active and generally support the Energiewende. To understand this political consensus, one needs to look to rural Germany, explains Alexander Franke.

Gembeck

Rural communities all across Germany have profited from the Energiewende – in turn, the Energiewende enjoys cross-party support. (Photo by GLSystem, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Renewable energy in Latin America: What is holding us back?

17 Nov 2014   by   Comments (0)

When it comes to renewable energy development, Latin America is a mixed bag with a lot of potentials. Sandra Guzman provides an overview over what is holding the region back as well as its prospects.

Wind Farm in Chile

Still an unusual sight in Latin America – windfarm in Chile. (Photo by Edu3k, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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A small town in Germany becomes a testing ground for a smart grid

13 Nov 2014   by editor   Comments (0)

In the 1990s, the small Bavarian town of Wildpoldsried decided to embrace renewables. Today, it produces several times the energy it consumes and has become a testing ground for future smart grid technologies, as Laurie Guevara-Stone notes.

Wildpoldsried

The future of the grid can be experienced today in rural Bavaria. (Photo by Richard Mayer, CC BY 3.0)

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Taking the lead in the energy transformation

12 Nov 2014   by editor   Comments (0)

This week, renewable energy experts, community leaders and local governments from all over the world meet in Kassel to discuss experiences and strategies to reach so-called 100% renewable energy regions. Anna Leidreiter reports.

100% EE Kongress

Cities, communities and regions across the world commit to 100% Renewable Energy.

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The Italian success story

10 Nov 2014   by   Comments (1)

Over the past few years, Italy has made tremendous progress with renewables. In fact, despite all the differences, the similarities with Germany are striking, both in terms of progress and obstacles. Craig Morris spoke with Giuseppe Onufrio, head of Greenpeace Italy.

Rome – a city that has reinvented itself continuously over the past few millennia in a country that is itself undergoing a swift energy transition. Photo: Craig Morris

Rome – a city that has reinvented itself continuously over the past few millennia in a country that is itself undergoing a swift energy transition. Photo: Craig Morris

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Renewable energy development: Can China follow Germany?

09 Nov 2014   by editor   Comments (5)

Germany has proven that a transition to renewables is feasible. If China wants to follow, it will need strong political commitments to reconcile economic development and sustainability, argues Zhao Ang.

(Photo by the Danish Wind Industry, CC BY-NC 2.0)

China needs to reconcile economic and environmental goals. (Photo by the Danish Wind Industry, CC BY-NC 2.0)


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Lessons from Belgium for Germany

05 Nov 2014   by   Comments (1)

In his previous post, Craig Morris tells the tale of Ecopower, a renewable energy co-op and energy provider. Today, he investigates how it takes part in auctions, the quality of which is crucial.

Belgian Wind Power

German energy coops fear headwinds from auctions instead of a FiT. In Belgium, auctions already exist – and coops have adapted. (Photo by NguyenDai, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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Best in class: Belgian energy co-op Ecopower

03 Nov 2014   by   Comments (0)

A cooperative in Flanders is wildly successful. But the Belgian co-op is two things at once: a builder of renewables and a power provider to its investors – a rare combination in Germany. Craig Morris looks at Ecopower’s success.

Hydro Power - Molen van Rotselaar

Ecopower started with small hydro plants, such as this one in Rotselaar. (Photo by Dirk Vansintjan, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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Germany’s Energiewende is shifting the energy paradigm – now it’s time to optimize

30 Oct 2014   by editor   Comments (2)

Germany’s Energiewende has revolutionized how we produce power. In order to succeed, Germany will need to optimize its energy infrastructure next – including grid expansion, demand management and backup storage, explains Peter Sopher.

Powerlines

Germany’s grid was built when fossil fuels were still king – now it’s time to adapt it to renewables. (Photo by Herr Olsen, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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