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Modern coal-fired power stations are facing losses that could potentially run into billions

The decision to phase out fossil fuels has already been taken. The intention behind Germany’s Coal-Fired Power Generation Termination Act (KVBG) is to resolve a social conflict, while also guaranteeing planning reliability for everyone involved. However, the legislation is not catering to this aspiration in full. In particular operators of young, modern coal-fired power stations are currently uncertain as to ...

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STEAG disappointed at rejection of urgent application

“The Federal Constitutional Court’s decision is bitterly disappointing for STEAG,” Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the Board of Management of STEAG GmbH (Figure 1), Essen/Germany, remarks. “Since the rejection of the urgent application was made on formal grounds, the question of the constitutionality of the Coal-fired Power Generation Termination Act has not been examined at all,” meaning it was also not ...

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An important first step

In mid-June 2020, the German Government presented the National Hydrogen Strategy after a long period of preparation. STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, welcomes the blueprint for a successful market ramp-up of a hydrogen sector in Germany which is now available: “The paper contains a number of useful and pioneering approaches. We hope, though, that these ideas will be firmed up in the ...

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STEAG invests in compressed air systems

STEAG New Energies GmbH, Saarbrücken/Germany, a subsidiary of Essen-based energy company STEAG GmbH, has established a joint venture together with Karl Uhl GmbH, Bochum/Germany, a leading business in the field of industrial compressed air technology. The aim of the new STEAG UHL Druckluft-Versorgung GmbH is to expand the compressed air contracting business in Germany by combining the strengths of the ...

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Climate-friendly heating for the Saar region

Saarbrücken-based STEAG New Energies GmbH and Fernwärme Verbund Saar GmbH (FVS), together with Entsorgungsverband Saar (EVS), will add a heat extraction system to the waste-to-energy plant (AVA) Velsen (Figure 1) . In the future, around 170,000 MWh/a of heat will be fed into the Saar District Heating System via a 6 km long connecting pipeline. With this project, the partners ...

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Energy consumption is down due to the pandemic

As forecast by the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) on the basis of current calculations for the first half of the year, energy consumption in Germany is likely to decline by around 7 % this year and could, in unfavourable conditions, even fall by up to 12 % (Figure 1). If the country enjoys a fast and uninterrupted recovery from ...

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Virtual phasing out of fossil fuels: THGA participates in new project for repurposing former mining areas

How can a former mining area be transformed into a revitalised landscape? What needs to happen so that the areas can be used once again? To be able to produce comprehensive simulations of scenarios such as this in future, the new “TRIM4Post-Mining” project is now being launched with participation of the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum/Germany (Figure 1). European experts ...

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Global standard for post-mining: research centre at the THGA advises international committee

We are surrounded by standards in our day-to-day lives. We all use the designation A4, e. g., as a standardised value for the height and width of paper sheets. Yet when it comes to standardising something worldwide, this is where the International Orga­nization for Standardization or ISO steps in. There are ISO standards for almost all sectors – from quality management, ...

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Mining machinery manufacturers are reinventing themselves

The manufacturers of machines for extraction and preparation of raw materials have also been shaken by the coronavirus pandemic. The figures underline this. In reaction to this, the sector is working hard to reinvent itself. Everyone agrees here that driving forward new developments and digitisation of processes are the best ways out of the crisis. The 145 manufacturers of mining ...

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Redpath Deilmann: sinking work completed

Since 2018, Redpath Deilmann GmbH, Dortmund/Germany, has been sinking two shafts for the new Nezhinskiy potash mine in Belarus on behalf of Slavkaliy IOOO (Figure 1). The sinking crews completed their work on 17th July 2020. Both shafts were sunk using shaft boring roadheaders (SBR) from Herrenknecht. The total construction time was 581 days. Key Figures of the construction period: ...

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