Germany to convert large coal mine into a new energy storage system

Energy Storage - Inside a Coal Mine

New project aims to change an old coal mine into an efficient energy storage solution Germany has launched an ambitious new project that involved converting an old coal mine into a large-scale battery storage system. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine is the subject of the project. The mine was built in 1863 and produces approximately 3 million tons of coal every year. It is one of the few remaining active coal mines in Germany, but is slated for complete closure in 2018, when government subsidies supporting the mine are no longer…

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Renewable energy adoption creates turbulence in Germany

Germany’s energy transition is an expensive endeavor Germany has been undergoing an energy transition in recent years, called Energiewende. The initiative calls for the country to make more aggressive use of renewable energy and forsake fossil-fuels. The transition away from fossil-fuels has been somewhat turbulent. While the German government believes that embracing renewable energy will be a benefit for the economy in the long run, the upfront costs associated with its adoption are staggering. Germany’s focus on clean power may be doing considerable damage to the country’s economy. Germany aims…

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German renewable energy transition criticized by EU

European Commission issues report concerning Germany’s renewable energy plans The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, has issued a report criticizing the energy revolution occurring in Germany. While the European Commission has been a strong advocate for renewable energy, the costs associated with Germany’s transition away from fossil-fuels and nuclear power has raised some concerns. The report issues recommendations concerning Germany’s energy transition and outlines actions the country should consider taking in order to mitigate costs and make the move toward renewable energy less turbulent. Germany undergoes…

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Renewable energy surcharge in Germany could be increased

German renewable energy continues to see strong growth Renewable energy has been making strong progress in Germany in recent years. The country launched an aggressive feed-in tariff some years ago to promote the adoption of solar energy. This initiative made Germany the leading power in the solar sector and help boost the awareness of renewable energy in general throughout the country. Germany is currently undergoing something of an energy revolution, often referred to as the Energiewende. The country is moving away from fossil-fuels and, to some degree, nuclear power, hoping…

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