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An Ethical Way to Use Coal in Power Supply

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 2:06:00 PM

This article focuses on innovative ways of storing energy which will have an application in the take up of renewable sources of power like wind and solar.

One of the biggest obstacles in the switch to renewable energy is the problem of storing power from when the wind blows and the sun shines, to use when it is in most demand.

In Germany power grid stabilisation — ensuring electricity supply matches demand — currently relies largely on conventional power plants (nuclear, coal and gas). These can rapidly increase and decrease power output to match demand, but as coal and nuclear plants are closed new solutions are needed

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Germany, Listing, Coal

Pellworm: Europe’s Smartest Island

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 2:50:00 PM

Pellworm - dubbed Europe’s smartest island – stands as proof that an entire community can depend on wind and solar energy alone for its power needs after the first phase of a smart-grid research project was completed.

The Frisian island - situated near the German-Danish border – was selected by power company E.ON for a feasibility study into using battery storage systems to smooth out electricity supply and so cut the 1,200 strong community’s reliance on importing power via under-sea cables to meet peak demand.

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Topics: Renewables, Wind Power, Solar Power, Pellworm, E.ON, Germany

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