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The Digitalization of Germany’s Economy

By Roy L Hales

One 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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Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s Offshore Wind Industry

The ECOreport looked at Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s Offshore Wind Industry during WindEnergy Hamburg

By Roy L Hales

For a quarter of a century, HusumWind has hosted one of the World’s largest wind power conferences. This year the conference was held in Hamburg. As might be expected, there were some hard feelings. A PR professional approached my table of North American journalists, in a Hamburg restaurant. He points out that while there are only around 60 wind turbines installed in the city, there are more than 800 in Nordfriesland (which Husum is part of) and 3,100 in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein (which Nordfriesland is part of). It did not take much to uncover the reasons for the switch in venues. More than 1,200 companies from 30 countries will be displaying their products and projects at this year’s event. Even the lady manning Husum’s booth admitted this was to large an event for Husum. Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s offshore wind industry and a leading center for renewable technology.

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Europe’s First 100% Renewable Grid Is Online, Figuratively Speaking

The ECOreport looks at reports that Europe’s first 100% renewable grid is online.

By Roy L Hales

Philip Hiersemenzel of Younicos said there is no such thing as a Mecklenberg grid, only a European continental grid that stretches from Poland to Portugal and from the northern tip of Denmark to Sicily/Greece. Mecklenburg is already 100% renewable on paper but, without storage, up until recently most of that electricity had to be exported.  This changed four months ago when the 5 MWh battery pack at Schwerin started a “trial run.” Today – September 16, 2014 –  Europe’s First 100% Renewable Grid is online, figuratively speaking.

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