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STEAG applies for further power plant unit closures

The management of energy company STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, resolved on 4th May 2021 to register further power plant units for provisional closure. A similar application had already been made in early April for the Model Power Plant (MKV) in Völklingen-Fenne in the Saarland. This is now followed by applications for the Völklingen-Fenne combined heat and power plant (HKV) and the ...

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Using data from 150 years of coal mining for the tasks of the future

Search engines like Google and others show the way: Enter keywords or a short question and the result you are looking for is there. The KISS42 project promises the answer to all operational questions for RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany. In cooperation with an interdisciplinary RAG team, the start-up ambeRoad Tech GmbH from Aachen developed the intelligent search engine amberSearch – designed ...

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Voith Hydro and Swedish Mine Storage enter development partnership for the advancement of decarbonization

Voith Hydro,Heidenheim/Germany, a leading global supplier of hydropower and pumped storage equipment, and Swedish company Mine Storage, a specialist in the field of underground pumped storage concepts, announce a development partnership to become the forerunners in a new market for underground pumped storage – offering so-called mine storages (Figure 1). The Paris Climate Agreement has made clear that to prevent ...

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Internationally renowned Research Center of Post-Mining set to move to Herne

The City of Herne, the RAG-Stiftung, -Essen, and the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum, announced their ideas and plans for THGA’s Research Center of Post-Mining (FZN) on 16th April 2021 (Figure 1). The three partners are aiming to establish the internationally renowned scientific institution in Herne. To support this endeavour, a funding application has been submitted to secure funds ...

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STEAG registers Völklingen Model Power Plant for provisional closure

The Energy company STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, notified on 30th March 2021 the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) of the provisional closure of the Völklingen Model Power Plant (MKV) unit in the Saarland (Figure 1). This announcement on the transparency platform of the EEX energy exchange is required by law and was made immediately after the decision was taken by the management. ...

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Herne’s energy future takes shape

At STEAG GmbH’s long-established power plant site in Herne/Germany, construction is currently in progress on a state-of-the-art combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant, which is to replace the hard coal fired unit previously operated there in the course of the coming year (Figure 1). The new Herne CCGT plant, which STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, is to operate together with its ...

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STEAG intensifies transformation process

The Essen-based energy company STEAG GmbH (Figure 1) is consistently pushing ahead with its reorientation towards growth areas beyond its previous core business. To this end, the supervisory board of STEAG has appointed Carsten König as a new member of the management board. As Chief Transformation Officer, he will continue to drive forward the realignment process that has been successful ...

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Reports on Post-Mining – scientific series from the Research Center of Post-Mining now available online

The Research Center of Post-Mining (FZN) at the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum/Germany, has a broad field of focus. When it was established in October 2015, research focused initially on the perpetual tasks of the German coal mining industry: long-term mine water management, the management of polder areas and groundwater purification on former mine sites. In May 2019, the ...

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Report on energy consumption 2020

In 2020, energy consumption in Germany fell 8.0 % compared with the previous year and reached a total volume of 11,784 PJ or 402.1 Mtce (Figure 1). As mentioned by the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) in its annual report, the slightly milder weather compared with the previous year had only a minor impact (-0.6 %) on the considerable decline in consumption. ...

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Competence in the right place

Since the beginning of this year, Alexander Tigges has been head of sales at the Center of Competence (CoC) for Conveying & Loading Systems (CL Systems) at BEUMER Group, Beckum/Germany. The mechanical engineer can draw on many years of experience in international plant design. Before joining BEUMER, he was, among other things, product manager and sales manager for large-scale plants ...

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