Background

80 percent renewable by 2050

Since the German government decided to decommission all of its nuclear power plants, the theme of renewable energy has become increasingly important. According to the German government, renewable energies will be used to guarantee the bulk of Germany's energy supply in the long term. The term 'energy transition' means nothing less than a complete reorganisation of the German energy supply system – moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources. This change undoubtedly requires strong and experienced partners from the energy sector who can work together with the government to enable the breakthrough into a new energy age. Alongside other innovative projects, wind energy is a key component for both partners of this joint venture, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München, in terms of helping them reach their own energy targets

Even offshore wind energy has taken flight; today facilities totalling an output of over 3,000 megawatts have been installed across Europe. This figure will increase significantly in the coming years as there are currently many projects which are either being planned or implemented. The political framework plays a key role in the successful implementation of projects as it forms the basis for decisions taken by investing companies. Certain parameters must be created by the government in order to ensure that the European carbon emission targets can be reached. The 'energy transition' in Germany is one example which shows that this is possible.

New technologies in the field of wind energy

New technologies always come with new challenges. Constantly changing weather conditions and wind strengths has an obvious impact on the amount of energy produced by the wind turbines. This means that the turbines produce little energy when winds are low, but when the wind picks up they can sometimes produce more electricity than can be fed into the grid. As integrated energy providers in our respective regions, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München are not only committed to the further development of CO2-free energy production, we are also looking at ways to improve the supply of wind energy in relation to the need, thus ensuring better energy efficiency. We do this by developing and implementing new technologies, designed to suit the needs of our respective markets, which make sure the energy is available when it is actually needed. Besides using electro-mobility as a power storage medium, this also includes advice on energy efficiency measures.

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