Germany to rely on more renewables?

29 NEW Coal-fired power plants recently commissioned – Germany

Here’s a few of the new coal-fired power plants just recently on line in Germany:

– EVONIK, Walsum (Duisburg), 800 MW black coal (2010)

– RWE, Neurath (Cologne), 2 x 800 MW lignite (2009)

– RWE Westfalen (Dortmund-Hamm, 2 x 800 MW black coal (2011)

– EON Datteln (Dortmund), 1 x 1100 MW (!) black coal (2011)

– ENBW Karlsruhe, 1 x 800 MW black coal (2011)

– Trianel (municipality) Lünen, 1 x 800 MW black coal (2011)

– Vattenfall Moorburg (Hamburg), 2 x 800 MW black coal (2011)

– Vattenfall Boxberg (close to Leipzig), 1 x 800 MW lignite (2011)

The dates in brackets are the completion dates of the boilers (hydraulic testing and first fire).

In mainland Europe the German utilities are building the following units

– EON, Maasvlakte (Rotterdam), 1 x 1100 MW black coal

– RWE Eemshaven (NL), 2 x 800 MW black coal.

That is over 11 GW, newly on-stream already in Germany while we [in the UK] are doing our best to close down our coal plants. The bizarre thing though is that these are high efficiency plants, with a conversion factor of 45 percent, compared to British coal sets which deliver about 38 percent.

Replacing our current coal capacity with high efficiency sets would, therefore, save vastly more “carbon” than the savings that the entire wind estate – current and planned – will deliver.

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About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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