Diversifying Deutschland

Disruption in a variety of areas is leading Germany to seek new solutions and new partners.

Making a Virtue of Necessity

Germany’s transition to clean energy has been on the political agenda for years, but geopolitical developments have given it an unprecedented urgency. For businesses, this means a flurry of new opportunities, supported by lots of state funding and private investment.

FDI Perspective: Octopus Energy Expands in Germany

British energy company Octopus Energy Group has big plans for the German wind energy market.

Germany’s Future Hydrogen Clusters

Germany’s accelerated transition to renewables has further underscored the importance of green hydrogen, the carrier needed to exploit renewables to their fullest. A national strategy is in place, but how is it being realized on the ground? The town of Leuna provides some answers.

German Researchers Develop “Circular“ Food Transport Packaging

German R&D powerhouse the Fraunhofer Society have come up with a new form of bio-based polylactide (PLA) particle foams for food shipping containers.

Massive Battery Storage Facility for Renewables Under Construction

German companies Smart Power and SMA Solar Technology are building what they say is one of Europe’s largest electricity storage facilities near the eastern German city of Eisenach.

Power Company Leag to Build Germany’s Largest Renewable Energy Center

Leag, which previously specialized in coal, says it will convert 33,000 hectares of strip-mine land in the eastern region of Lusatia into a gigantic site for wind parks and solar farms.

VW Concludes Billion-Euro Battery Joint Venture with Belgium’s Umicore

German automaker Volkswagen is teaming up with Belgian materials technology company Umicore to produce cathodes for batteries in coming generations of VWs.

Germany Sets Yearly Solar Power Record After Less Than Nine Months

Research institute Fraunhofer ISE says that before the end of September Germany had already generated more than 52.4 terawatt hours of solar electricity. That’s more than in all of 2021 or 2020.

German Researchers Discover Plastic Recycling Enzyme

Scientists at the University of Leipzig have identified an enzyme, PHL7, that degrades PET plastic much more rapidly than previously believed possible. The discovery could revolutionize the recycling of PET plastic.