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Germany’s renewables did it again, a new record!

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A new record in Germany as renewable energy produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014.

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Germany’s renewables did it again, a new record! According to the Fraunhofer institute, renewable energy produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014. Solar production is up 28%, wind 19% and biomass 7% over last year. Meanwhile, with the exception of nuclear energy, all conventional sources are producing less. The output from gas powered plants was half of what it had been in 2010 and brown coal powered plants are producing at a similar level to 2010-2012.

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Relative change in electricity Production first half of 2014 vs first half of 2013 – B Burger Fraunhofer ISE

 

“The reoccurring records for renewables in Germany demonstrate the incredible success of Germany’s EEG legislation,” says Max Hildebrandt, renewable energy industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest, the country’s foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency.

The Solar (37.5 GW) and Wind (34.6 GW) sectors also led the nation, in terms of new capacity installed.

These two energy sources work well together. As you can see in the chart below, the strongest winds come during the winter. They are dying down in March and April, when solar energy starts growing strong. By June the sun is providing twice as much energy.

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Despite this, Germany derives more energy from coal than other energy source. During the first half of 2024: brown coal produced 69.7 TWh, hard coal produced 50.9TWh, and nuclear energy 45.0 TWh.

 

Germany has been an energy exporter since 2003. Its principal customer has been the Netherlands, followed by Austria, Switzerland, and Poland. Germany has set new records during 2012 and 2013 and appears to be on its way to do this again. It exported 18 TWh during the first half of 2014, as compared to 14.5 TWh during the same period in 2013.

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Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.

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1 Comment
  1. ac baird 6 years ago

    Amazing. So much solar from a nation with so little solar access compared with Oz. Wind I could understand. Mind you, wind must be really offensive for them, and insanity is probably stalking the land, provoked by those mysterious sub-whatever sound waves… It’s about time someone at News VERY Ltd came up with a dreadful ailment brought on by solar panels (and how it could be fixed with a smear of SPF 30). On the panels that is. Purely in the interests of balance, a chip on both shoulders about energy Not Made Of Wholesome Coal.

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