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News In Brief Issue 02_2015

World Coal Association Calls for Greater Investment in Cleaner Coal Technologies

The World Coal Association (WCA), London, called for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies, in order to meet growing global energy demand and reduce CO2 emissions. Coal plays a vital role in society by providing over 40 % of global electricity and as an indispensable ingredient in modern infrastructure. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA), Paris, forecasts show that coal use is ...

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Merger creates new geothermal energy association

Germany’s geothermal energy industry is coming together to form a single large federal association. Members of the Wirtschaftsforum Geothermie e.V. (WFG) and the Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. (BVG) decided on 5 March 2015 to form a joint association. The members of both organisations voted unanimously in favour of the merger at the 2015 GeoTHERM expo & congress. “From 2016 onwards, the ...

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E-world energy and water sets new records

The 15th E-world energy& water, which was held at Messe Essen, attracted a record number of participants. A total of 640 exhibitors – more than ever before – from 25 countries presented their products and services in the fields of generation, efficiency, trade, transport, storage, smart energy and green technologies. They provided the some 24,000 visitors from 80 countries with ...

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Mild weather leads to marked drop in energy consumption

Last year’s mild weather caused energy consumption in Germany to fall significantly. The Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB) published its report on energy consumption in 2014, and the findings confirm the forecast made at the end of last year: compared to 2013, overall domestic energy consumption in Germany fell by 4.7 % to 13,077 PJ, or 446.2 million tonnes of ...

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Project for a Rhine-Ruhr district heating network takes shape

The planned link-up of the district heating networks in the Rhine and Ruhr regions should deliver an efficient, innovative and environmentally friendly heat supply, and security of supply for the Ruhr area. The project reached a key milestone on 5 March 2015, when representatives of the participating district heating firms – STEAG Fernwärme GmbH (SFW), Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo) and ...

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25 years of the DMT brand

For 278 years DMT GmbH & Co. KG in Essen and its predecessor organizations have been providing services for the mining industry, for 25 years operating under the brand name DMT. DMT was founded in 1990 to tap into new markets outside of the German coal industry. Today DMT operates as a provider of engineering and technical consulting services for ...

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The future of the NRW mining industry: A new network highlights the way ahead for this sector

Over 100 decision makers and experts from the mining sector came together in Essen on 24 March 2015 for the first meeting held by the new Mining Industry Network. The purpose of this event, “The future of the NRW mining industry”, is aimed at jointly developing economic perspectives following the end of coal mining in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Ministry of ...

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Lignite is still the most important indigenous energy resource

Lignite now accounts for almost 42 % of total indigenous energy production. According to the German Lignite Industry Association (DEBRIV) the fuel extracted in the Rhineland area, in Lausitz, in central Germany and in the Helmstedt district was still the country‘s most important energy resource in 2014. This was followed by renewables, with a share of some 37 %, while oil, gas ...

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Planning approval procedure for the Siegfried-Giesen reserve mine

The Lower Saxony Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) has received application documents from K+S KALI GmbH for a planning approval procedure in connection with the possible resumption of potash extraction and production at the company’s Siegfried-Giesen reserve mine near Hildesheim. In submitting the about 90 document files to Andreas Sikorski, Director of the LBEG, the Chief Executive of ...

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