Energy

Ener­gy net­works and their ope­ra­tors, rene­wa­ble ener­gy and its pro­du­cers, power plants and their tech­no­lo­gy

Solar on wet feet

Solar on wet feet

When it gets too nar­row for the solar power plants on land, they go out on the water. At least that’s the case near the Dutch town of Zwol­le. Sta­ble…
Ener­gy on all levels

Ener­gy on all levels

When wal­king through the plant, the­re is a con­stant crack­ling noi­se above. And the warnings are still rin­ging in our ears: Always take small steps. Do not rai­se your arms…
Power to Pres­su­re

Power to Pres­su­re

When the only com­pres­sed air ener­gy sto­rage and gas tur­bi­ne power sta­ti­on in Euro­pe went into ope­ra­ti­on in Hun­torf, Ger­ma­ny, in 1978, an ener­gy revo­lu­ti­on towards rene­wa­bles had not even…
What does INGO do?

What does INGO do?

INGO is small, rec­t­an­gu­lar and very red. And it is use­ful. Becau­se rene­wa­ble ener­gies can be so exhaus­ting. They make com­ple­te­ly new demands on the fine­ly balan­ced sys­tem of the power…
Nez­zy – the Loch Geest­land mons­ter

Nez­zy – the Loch Geest­land mons­ter

Until now, wind tur­bi­nes have been con­si­de­red a rock-solid affair. Ancho­red unsha­ka­b­ly in the ground, the tower, the mova­ble nacel­le and the three rotor bla­des defy the forces of wind…
Always nice and bright

Always nice and bright

The sun is shi­ning when Chris­toph Wer­litz opens the gates to the Men­tero­da solar park. It’s wea­ther that’s appro­pria­te for a visit to a plant that pro­du­ces clean ener­gy in…
Craft­s­manship at the Abyss

Craft­s­manship at the Abyss

What use is the most func­tio­n­al, prac­ti­cal and cle­ver sys­tem, the most sophisti­ca­ted con­trol elec­tro­nics and the most sophisti­ca­ted sen­sor tech­no­lo­gy if they are not atta­ched by expert hands whe­re…
Who inven­ted it?

Who inven­ted it?

With the com­bi­ned pro­tec­tion and field con­trol device KOMBISAVE, the deve­lo­pers of the Swiss Phoe­nix Con­tact sub­si­dia­ry NSE have hit the bull’s eye. Even though this should be avoi­ded if…
IRMA keeps watch

IRMA keeps watch

Big Bro­ther is watching you. Even more so if it’s actual­ly a mem­ber of your own fami­ly and not an unknown intru­der. The public uti­li­ties in Bad Pyr­mont the­re­fo­re tend…
Against the flow

Against the flow

The Süd­link (south link) trunk line is going ahead. The aim of the pro­ject is to bring rege­ne­ra­ti­ve elec­tri­ci­ty to the south of Ger­ma­ny. In the north, it’s not just…
The CO2 collec­tor

The CO2 collec­tor

Visi­tors to this year’s Wind Power Tech­no­lo­gy Con­gress were fasci­na­ted by Jörg Spitzner’s visi­on of a wind tur­bi­ne that not only gene­ra­tes elec­tri­ci­ty, but also extrac­ts CO2 from the air.…
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