Drastic Energy Savings in Automobile Stamping Plant

Drastic Energy Savings in Automobile Stamping Plant

The press manufacturer Schuler is working on new technologies to cut energy consumption in half at an automobile stamping plant. Achieving similar potential savings in overall car-body manufacturing has turned out to be more difficult.

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Peak-load Electricity from Biogas Plants

Peak-load Electricity from Biogas Plants

Up until recently, the operators of biogas plants were only concerned with producing and supplying as much electricity into the grid as possible. Now it can pay to produce electricity when demand is highest.

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Chemical Uses of Lignite Will Prevail in the Future

Chemical Uses of Lignite Will Prevail in the Future

Coal gasification is considered a key technology for the long-term switch to carbochemistry. The greenhouse gas carbon-dioxide will one day be entirely integrated in chemical products and fuels, according to the International Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies (IFC) in Leipzig. May 30, 2012

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Less Carbon Conversion Means More Biomethane

Less Carbon Conversion Means More Biomethane

The standard production processes of bioenergy sources can be greatly simplified using a new procedure. Scientists from Leipzig, Bremen and Karlsruhe are researching the biological and technical requirements for it. February 6, 2012

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More Control over Biogas Production

More Control over Biogas Production

A new biogas technology is capable of producing this renewable energy resource precisely when it is needed for the production of electricity. Biodegradable waste is increasingly being used as an input. 10/2011

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Power-exchange price more consistent with green electricity

Power-exchange price more consistent with green electricity

Solar and wind power are naturally quite irregular in terms of production and supply to the grid. The Epex Spot power exchange has coped with these fluctuations in supply rather well over the last year and a half. 07/2011

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Biomethane from a Bioethanol Plant

zoerbig_kleinThe watery residue from bioethanol production used to be disposed of on farm fields. Verbio, a Leipzig-based bioethanol producer, is now using it in a new procedure to produce biomethane in natural-gas quality as well as organic fertilizer. The company has thus added two new, high-quality products to its portfolio while improving its greenhouse balance sheet. 12/2010

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Fire-Free Energy

Solartrabi_kleinScientists have presented a concept of how German energy supply can be wholly converted to renewable energy by the year 2050. It’s really a matter of political decision-making, said Wolfgang Eberhardt, managing director at the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy. 10/2010

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Biomethane in every corner of Europe

Könnern kleinGerman scientists have come up with a procedure for storing surplus wind and solar electricity as biomethane. The upgrading of biogas to natural-gas quality is making particular headway in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Yet the basic parameters still need to be set for the international transport and trade of biomethane. 04/2010

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Energy Charter or Energy Code?

atschimgas kleinRussia never ratified the Energy Charter, the international legal framework for the energy industry. At the German-Russian Raw Materials Forum in Freiberg, Germany, Russian energy politician Valery Yazev announced meanwhile the “concept of a Global Energy Code”. 03/2010

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US energy efficiency needs ‘holistic approach’

McKinsey_kleinHuge potential for energy savings could be unlocked in the US by 2020, concludes a report from McKinsey. But this will only happen if a ‘holistic approach’ is adopted – and investments of some $500 billion are made. The investment would quickly pay for itself. 12/2009

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Energy efficiency is becoming a competitive factor

VW_Sachsen_kleinGerman industry could save twenty-five percent of its energy consumption by consistently applying existing efficiency technologies. While industry managers adopt a new way of thinking, scientists are working on the vision of a resource-efficient factory. 12/2009

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Biogas finds its way into the German grid

Könnern kleinIn Germany, some 4,000 plants produce biogas which is used to generate electricity. The latest trend is for plants to convert biogas into biomethane, which is then fed into the gas grid. By 2020, some 6% of the gas that flows through the German grid must be from renewable sources. 07/2009

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German gas system proves highly resilient

Control room smallGerman gas providers coped remarkebly well with the supply disruption in January. They even managed to supply extra gas to hard-hit customers in Eastern Europe. Even so the companies are expanding their storage capabilities and looking for alternative supply routes. 02/2009

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