According to the Fraunhofer Institute, renewables accounted for 47.7 percent of Germany’s electricity production from January to June 2019, up 6.7 percent over the same period in 2018. In June, for the first time ever, solar power was Germany’s leading power source (19 percent), while renewables in general represented 51.9 percent of electricity generated.
Location / Climate Protection
It´s only logical that any serious agenda for fulfilling the Paris Climate Agreement will entail new jobs and new value chains in many regions and economic sectors. In Germany, phasing out coal is part of this agenda. The federal German government has specified that the phase-out must open up new opportunities for the people and the economies of coal-producing regions.
The aCar from Evum Motors of Munich aims to meet the cargo and passenger transportation needs of rural populations in developing countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa.
Munich start-up Lilium has carried out a successful initial test flight of a prototype for the world’s first all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing air taxi.
Electronics giant Bosch wants to lead the way in combatting climate change. This May company CEO Volkmar Denner made the surprise announcement that Bosch will try to go CO2-neutral by 2020.
April saw the opening of Arkona Wind Park, the largest such facility in the Baltic Sea, between the German island of Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm.
Germany funds “practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research.
Wittenberg will shortly become home to Europe’s first-ever gigafactory, a lithium battery installation facility with an annual production capacity of more than a gigawatt hour.
Unusually high temperatures and low precipitation are becoming increasingly serious problems all over the world, including Germany. But the need to cope with that situation is driving innovation.
Leading international lithium-ion battery maker Farasis is opening up a major production facility for electric automobile batteries near Bitterfeld in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.