Germany breaks renewable energy record


According to EcoWatch, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) reported that “the combined share of renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors was 15.2% in the first half of 2017, up from 14.8% during the same period last year.”

The organisation’s findings indicate that renewables made up a record 35% of the country’s power in the first six months of the year, a 2% increase from 2016 numbers.

To comparison, renewables accounted for only 15% of the United States’ total electricity generation in 2016.

BEE acting managing director Harald Uphoff said: “It is only with a much greater commitment to the spread of renewable energy sources—for electricity as well as for heating and transport—that we will be able to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and reach the renewable-energy targets demanded by the EU.

“Climate protection and economic development must no longer be seen as mutually exclusive.”

Despite Germany’s achievement, Uphoff said that the country’s “transition to clean energy across all sectors is not happening fast enough.”

The European Union has a target of sourcing 20% of its energy needs from renewables by 2020. But according to the World Economic Forum, only 11 out of the 28 member states have achieved their national targets, added EcoWatch. Germany is about 3 percentage points off its 2020 objective of 18% renewables in end energy consumption.

Germany intends to completely phase out its nuclear power stations by 2022 and plans to reach 80% renewables for gross power consumption by 2050.

Germany weather forecasting tech

Earlier this year, the German National Meteorological Service has partnered with the Institute of Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) to better predict renewable energy output.

The collaboration of the two parties has led to the development and launch of a new system to help predict the feed of power from wind and solar energy resources, in line with weather conditions.

The system – EnergyForecaster – helps transmission system operators (TSO) to meet grid load demands by providing insight into how much power is and can be generated.

The forecasting service reportedly provides 20 different displays of weather forecasts and alerts for each quarter hour to predict power generation within hours or days.

The partnership falls under the German Meteorological Department led EWeLINE project, which seeks to develop new forecasting products to enhance power generation form wind and solar resources. Read more…