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Handelsbatt reports that EnBW plans to build a gigantic photovoltaic park with almost 500 megawatts of capacity – enough to supply 130 thousand households with power – near Berlin. The energy concern recently commissioned Germany’s largest solar park north of the town of Werneuchen, 30 kilometers from Berlin. According to Handelsblatt, EnBW is now planning two solar parks in neighboring communities to create the 500 MW solar cluster.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is expanding its globally peerless research landscape for experiments with high-temperature heat derived from solar energy. The DLR is researching how concentrated solar radiation can be used to generate electricity and heat, store energy and produce hydrogen at its new solar tower with more than two thousand movable mirrors in Jülich. The first tower was erected in 2011, with the second tower now added due to high demand for experimental capacity.
Germany’s wind power industry achieved a turnaround in installations in 2020, with almost 50 percent more turbines (1,431 MW or 420 turbines) connected to the grid than in the year before. Although not yet at a level sufficient to achieve climate targets and meet growing industry demand for climate-neutral energy, onshore wind energy nevertheless achieved the largest share of all energy electricity generation with around 20 percent energy market share.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has commissioned the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to implement a pilot project for the production of climate-neutral synthetic fuels on an industrial scale. The planned plant - part of a move to accelerate the introduction of electricity-based fuels for sustainable mobility in aviation and shipping – should reduce air transport CO2 emissions by millions of tons through the switch to electricity-based kerosene by 2030. The pilot plant is set to produce 10,000 tonnes of climate-neutral kerosene and petrol annually.
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck AG and multinational chemical company Linde have signed an agreement to develop the next generation of hydrogen refueling technology for fuel cell-powered heavy-duty vehicles. Linde (NYSE: LIN; FWB: LIN) has signed an agreement with Daimler Truck AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles, to jointly develop the next generation of hydrogen refueling technology for fuel cell-powered heavy-duty vehicles. The partnership will see subcooled liquid hydrogen (sLH2) used for higher onboard capacity, greater range, faster refueling and superior energy efficiency. The two companies envision the first refueling of a prototype vehicle at a pilot “gas station” in 2023, with the new fueling process set to be deployed in the series version of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck first launched in 2020.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans to provide EUR 220 million in support to the world’s least developed countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change at the Climate Adaptation Summit in January. The funding, made available from the budget of the German Development Ministry, will partially be provided in the form of loans. Germany is one of the world’s largest climate finance donors, making EUR 4 billion available from budget funds in 2019.
Climate protection remains the most political issue amongst young Germans aged 15 to 19 years of age according to a study conducted by Fischer Appelt and Appinio. Around 48 percent of the teenagers and young adults polled believe that the climate remains the most important political issue. Unsurprisingly, this is followed by health policy on 46 percent surveyed for the regular Teengeist (“Teen Spirit”) study, with two out of three 15- to 19-year-olds taking the current coronavirus situation “seriously” or “very seriously.”