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Energiewende’s Backbone

The ECOreport looks at Germany’s leadership in the fight and against climate change and finds Energiewende’s backbone is the nation’s 3.67 million small and medium-sized enterprises 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA number of prominent companies come to mind when you mention Germany’s energy transition. Names like E.ON, Volkswagen, and Siemens are recognized around the world. But Energiewende’s real backbone is the nation’s 3.67 million small and medium-sized business enterprises.

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How The Climate Is Changing Germany’s Lakes

The ECOreport went to Bavaria, to see how the climate is changing Germany’s lakes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWe arrived at the Bavarian village of Iffeldorf the morning after the first snow, in late November, 2015. Dr. Uta Raeder, Co-Director of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) facility, greeted us in the parking lot. We huddled close, straining to catch her words before the wind, or traffic noises took, them away. She and her colleagues has been considering keeping us indoors. Instead they led us toward the boathouse, to see how they are monitoring how the climate is changing Germany’s lakes.

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The World’s Largest Waste-To-Energy System

The ECOreport reposts the World’s largest waste-to-energy system, which also slashes water use by 80%  

Originally Published on Environmental Business International, Inc

By Jim Hight

A new community in Hamburg, Germany, will use a vacuum sewer system to create the largest closed-loop waste-to-energy and water recycling system in the world.

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Why We Need To Look At Hamburg Wasser

The ECOreport explains why we need to look at Hamburg Wasser

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This was to have been an article about the urban waste water and energy project for a new subdivision in Hamburg’s Jenfelder Au district. This as yet-to-be finished neighbourhood will use 30% less water than the surrounding area and have a completely self-sufficient energy supply. But this project is only one of the reasons why we need to look at Hamburg Wasser.

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Germany’s Innovations In Water Infrastructure

Originally Published on Water Canada

By Todd Latham,

Between Nov. 22-28, 2015 I was invited to join a group of media representatives on a seven-day tour to see Germany’s innovations in water infrastructure. We packed in more site visit and presentations than I have space to describe in this blog, so I will offer a snapshot of the water-focused highlights of Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin, with more to come. Welcome to Germany!

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HafenCity is Designed To Be Flood Proof

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSea levels have been rising 0.14 inches (3.5 millimeters) per year since the early 1990s. In the decades to come, many of the world’s coastal cities will be threatened. Hamburg’s new city core responded to this challenge with a relatively inexpensive solution, HafenCity is designed to be flood proof.

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Questioning Thomas Grigoleit About Energiewende

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMI finally met Thomas Grigoleit last week. The Director of Energy and Environmental Technology for Germany’s economic development agency (Germany Trade and Invest) peddled up to the restaurant where we were waiting. He had left the office for the day and, folding his suit into a rucksack, set off on his bicycle to meet the North American journalists. This was probably going to be my best opportunity for questioning Thomas Grigoleit about Energiewende.

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The Digitalization of Germany’s Economy

The ECOreport looks at the digitalization of Germany’s economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of the European leaders of “Mission Innovation” announced the launch of a €230 million energy project yesterday. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, unveiled SINTEG (Schaufenster intelligente Energie/ Shop window for intelligent energy) a key part of the digitalization of Germany’s economy.

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How Dams Can Protect Us From Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBavaria’s Sylvensteinspeicher (Sylvenstein Dam) has two power plants whose combined electrical capacity is 7 MW (26 GWh a year). Andreas Bauer, of the Regional state office for water management in Weilheim, says that while they are happy to produce electricity, this is a byproduct. The earthen embankment dam’s main purpose is to  withstand floods, and retain enough water to keep servicing the surrounding area during droughts. This facility has withstood a number of extreme weather events during its’ 56 year history. The Sylvensteinspeicher, operated by the Regional state office for water management in Weilheim as part of the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, is an example of how dams can protect us from Climate Change.
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Germany’s Electricity Will Be 33% Renewable In 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOn July 25, 2015, Germany obtained 78% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. That was a new record, albeit for a single day.  Up until now, the European leader has not produced more than 27% green energy in a year. According to a joint press release from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden – Württemberg ( ZSW ) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries ( BDEW ), Germany’s electricity will be 33% Renewable in 2015.

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