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German Grid May Not be Able to Handle More Green Energy but it Can Handle More Coal

German Grid May Not be Able to Handle More Green Energy but it Can Handle More Coal

The growth of Germany’s green energy could grow so fast that its electrical grid may not be able to handle the added electrons, which still need to be firmed up with baseload generation that runs around the clock. So the government there may cut the subsidies so as to limit rate of renewable expansion.

Swedish Company Vattenfall Selling Coal Plants to Czech-Based EPH

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is selling four coal plants that it owns in Germany to a Czech-based energy provider, EPH that already has a German presence. Sweden says that the sale is to comply with global greenhouse gas emission standards, although there seems to be confusion as to how … Read more »

Lockheed Martin, Concord Blue Waste-to-Energy Plant Moves Forward

Lockheed Martin, Concord Blue Waste-to-Energy Plant Moves Forward

A waste-to-energy facility, expected to be online next year, will process 50,000 tons of raw waste annually, reducing the need for landfill use and powering 5,000 homes and businesses in Herten, Germany. Concord Blue has awarded Lockheed Martin Energy a $43 million contract to proceed with all engineering, procurement and … Read more »

Has Germany’s Energy Transition Come to a Fork in the Road?

Is Germany’s transition to a power sector fueled mostly by renewables and not at all by nuclear energy going as planned? It depends on whom is asked. But the latest such look suggests that it has hit a bump: carbon emissions are up. While renewable energy pursuits in Germany are … Read more »

Germany’s Bet on Renewable Energy is an Investment in Digital Disruption

The extraordinary amount of money Germany is spending to transition its market away from fossil fuels and nuclear energy sources is looking increasingly like an investment in the country’s future industrial competitiveness. Most experts have estimated the cost of Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ policy in the hundreds of billions of euro, some … Read more »

Paris

COP21: Carbon Pricing, Bill Gates, Businesses Act on Climate Change

As the COP21 climate talks continue in Paris global leaders and organizations are stepping up calls for carbon pricing. The leaders of France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Ethiopia, as well as heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development say either taxing … Read more »

UK’s Tetronics International Supports Car Recycling

In an effort to increase scrapped car recycling, Tetronics International, a resource recovery company, says its plasma arc technology has gone live at Duesmann & Hensel Recycling’s plant near Frankfurt. Duesmann & Hensel Recycling is a global player in the precious metals recycling field and currently responsible for about 10 … Read more »

$4.6 Million Metals Recycling Facility Under Construction

German metals recycler Mairec plans to build a $4.6 million recycling facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the company’s first overseas operation. Headquartered in Alzenau, Germany, Mairec specializes in the recovery of high-valued rare metals from recycled goods that contain them. Mairec has a diverse customer base across a number of … Read more »

biogas wastewater treatment

EnviClear Purifies Contaminated Biogas Plant Wastewater

Water treatment specialist A3 Water Solutions, a subsidiary of EnviTec Biogas, has developed a membrane bioreactor process in conjunction with EnviClear that purifies contaminated surface waters for biogas plant operators. The process has now been put to practice for the first time at the plant of Biogas Greven e.V. and … Read more »

Climate Pact Signed by 12 International States, Provinces

Twelve international states and provinces yesterday signed a first-of-its-kind climate agreement to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. The dozen-state agreement, called the Under 2 MOU, provides a template for the world’s nations to follow as work continues toward an international agreement to reduce … Read more »

Avery Dennison Expands Film Matrix Recycling

Avery Dennison and Belgian-based Seliplast AG (acronym for Second Life for Plastics) have launched what they say is a first-of-its-kind recycling option for label matrix waste made of polypropylene and polyethylene. The program is now available to converters in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France. This new offering builds on … Read more »

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a report by CDP and Accenture. Supply chain sustainability revealed: a country comparison also finds suppliers in China and India deliver the greatest … Read more »