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Coal imports declining significantly – coal achieves CO2 reduction targets

The use of coal to generate electricity in Germany declined dramatically in 2017 (-17 %). This is expected to decrease by more than 20 % in 2018. This is primarily due to the increased use of renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy. Coal has therefore already made its contribution to achieving CO2 reduction targets as set forth in the federal government’s climate ...

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DEBRIV criticises study by the Institute for Applied Ecology on employment trends in the lignite industry

The extensive withdrawal from electricity generation using lignite in Germany is possible without the need for any compulsory redundancies. This was the assertion made by the Institute for Applied Ecology after carrying out an analysis on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, which was subsequently quoted in the media. The German Lignite Industry Association (DEBRIV), Bergheim/Germany, has made a clear ...

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Lignite power stations demonstrate their reliability

“Without the solid contribution made by lignite during this year’s particularly long heat wave and drought, the electricity supply in Germany would have been under serious threat”, explains Helmar Rendez, Chairman of the Board of the German Lignite Industry Association (DEBRIV) in Bergheim, in his provisional appraisal of the energy supply during the summer weather conditions. On account of the ...

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German mining equipment manufacturers with a 10 % increase in turnover in the first half of 2018

Mining equipment manufacturers in Germany have succeeded in increasing their turnover for the first time since the economic and financial crisis. Compared to the same period of the previous year, revenues rose by 10 % in the first six months of 2018, while incoming orders saw an increase of 17 %. “There are clear signs that the strong decline in turnover we ...

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Sensors for automation in mining

The Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) of the RWTH Aachen University is taking over the presidency of the European Rock Extraction Research Group. Abbreviated to EUREG, the group is a network of the RWTH Aachen University, the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, the Clausthal University of Technology and the Montanuniversität Leoben. Its objective is to intensify research in ...

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Geothermal energy and the search for nuclear repository sites in accordance with the German Repository Site Selection Act

Under the title of “Geothermal energy and the search for nuclear repository sites in accordance with the German Repository Site Selection Act”, the 19th Aachen Site Contamination and Mining Subsidence Engineering Colloquium (ABK) was held on 10th July 2018 in the TEMA Pyramid in Aachen/Germany (Figure 1). The conference was organised by the Institute for Mining Surveying, Mining Subsidence Engineering ...

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Digitalisation finds its way into Chilean mining

Chile, the world’s leading producer of copper, is faced with declining productivity, environmental protection concerns and strikes. New technologies are helping the mining sector to become more competitive by lowering costs and increasing safety. Digitalisation is only now making its way slowly into the industry. Some German companies are working on the development and introduction of new innovations. Driverless trucks, ...

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Book tip: “The German Energy Market”

The book “Energiemarkt Deutschland” (“The German Energy Market”) – author Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer – provides an up-to-date overview of the structure and development of the German energy market. The focus is on demand and supply structures in the markets for oil, lignite, hard coal and electricity. Renewable energies are covered by a comprehensive chapter separately. Other focal points are the determinants ...

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RAG-Stiftung reinforces its solid financial base

In its tenth anniversary year, the RAG-Stiftung, Essen/Germany, can look back on another successful financial year. At its annual press conference, which was held for the first time at the new headquarters of the RAG-Stiftung and RAG Aktiengesell-schaft at the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen, the foundation’s Board of Executives (Figure 1) reported on the business developments of ...

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