Germany’s First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Commences Operation

EnBW Energie, the third largest energy company in Germany, has commenced the operation of the country’s first commecercial offshore wind farm – EnBW Baltic 1 off the Baltic Sea coast. Located 16 kilometres from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern coastline, EnBW Baltic 1 incorporates 21 wind power turbines, each with an installed power of 2.3 megawatts. Together they … Read more

German Wind Power Has Potential to Plug ‘Nuclear Gap’

Onshore wind energy alone can provide up to 65% of Germany’s electricity requirements, according to a new study published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE). With just 2% of land area in Germany available for wind power production, Fraunhofer calculated … Read more

Hamburg is the 2011 EU-designated European Green Capital

Honoured as 2011 European Green Capital by the European Commission, Hamburg, Germany is seizing the opportunity to accelerate its growth as a city of the future. Educational programmes that reach across the community and across the Continent , ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets, aggressive leadership in the management and servicing of renewable energies, and major … Read more

New Micro CHP System For Domestic Use

Vaillant, the heating and ventilation specialist, and vehicle manufacturer Honda have introduced a new micro-combined heat and power (mCHP) system for Europe. It is the first European system with highly efficient gas engine technology for use in single-family homes. The mCHP system simultaneously produces environment-friendly heat and electricity and will be available in Germany by … Read more

M&A Activity in Renewable Energy Sector Set to Increase Dramatically

Findings from a new survey show that, despite the difficult conditions of the last 18 months, renewable energy deal-making has remained remarkably robust and is expected to dramatically increase in the next 12 month Commissioned by Rodl & Partner, the leading independent professional services firm, and carried out by mergermarket, the comprehensive overview of the … Read more

Wavebob-led European Wave Energy Consortium to Select Portuguese Site

The Standpoint European wave energy consortium, which is headed by Irish company Wavebob, has announced that two locations off the Portuguese coast are under final consideration for the installation of a full-sized wave energy converter. In addition to Irish wave energy technology specialist Wavebob, the other four members of the consortium are Vattenfall (Sweden), Generg … Read more