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Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs and RAG sign letter of intent: Cooperation in the expansion of renewable energy

The Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digital and Energy (MWIDE) and RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, with its subsidiary RAG Montan Immobilien want to join forces to expand renewable energy in Saarland. Minister of Economic Affairs Jürgen Barke and RAG Board Member Michael Kalthoff signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to this effect on 17th November 2023 (Figure 1). In recent ...

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Iqony finalizes funding agreement with EU

In the summer, the EU Commission announced that the “HydrOxy Hub Walsum” was one of the 41 major industrial projects from across Europe to be invited to start the Innovation Fund Grant Agreement Preparation. Iqony GmbH, Essen/Germany, is happy to announce that the Grant Agreement has been signed with CINEA, the European Executive Agency in charge of managing the program. ...

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SENS LSG builds 63 MWp solar park in Hungary

The solar service provider Iqony Solar ­Energy Solutions (SENS), Würzburg/Germany, a subsidiary of Essen-based Iqony GmbH, has completed a new photo­voltaic (PV) project in Eastern Europe as part of its joint venture with the LSG Group. In Senyö/Hungary, a PV park with an output of 63 MWp was installed and commissioned in just six months under the management of SENS ...

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Energy consumption fell significantly in 2023

Energy consumption in Germany has fallen to a historic low in 2023. The Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen), Berlin/Germany, expects a decrease of 7.9 % to 10,791 PJ or 368.2 Mtce (Figure 1). This means that the consumption of primary energy in Germany is more than a quarter below the previous peak in 1990, according to the AG Energiebilanzen. ...

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THGA Christmas colloquium “Geotechnics” 2023: B. Eng. and M. Eng. honoured

The Christmas colloquium organised by Professor Frank Otto took place for the 24th time in 2023. After the inaugural lecture by Honorary Professor Lothar te Kamp, Alexander Rudek reported at the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA) student centre in Bochum/Germany on the graduation excursion to the hard coal mines in Karaganda/Kazakhstan on 1st December 2023. Afterwards, selected graduates presented their ...

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The world in an energy crisis

The crises in Ukraine and the Middle East have caused considerable uncertainty on the global energy market, especially in Germany and Europe. The tensions and armed conflicts are having a significant impact on the price structure of the energy markets. Added to this is the great vulnerability of Germany’s energy supply, particularly due to LNG. Replacing Russian gas with gas ...

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No climate transition without raw materials

The figures relating to Germany as a production location only show the real situation to a limited extent, especially in the mining industry. Manufacturers now generate and produce a large proportion of their orders and sales via subsidiaries abroad (Figure 1), which is not reflected in the statistics. Overall, the industry is doing well because the diversification in the minerals ...

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