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Hard coal is an important pillar of supply security in Germany

Events during the year 2021 illustrate very clearly that supply security is and will remain one of the most important topics of the energy transition. The penultimate act in the nuclear power exit in Germany, the shutdown of 4 GW of power plant capacity, points to the importance of the remaining base of controllable, secure capacity. Securing power supply during ...

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Demand for raw materials spurs mining

At the end of last year, mining companies were still anticipating development to be cautious and slow. This assumption has proven to be only partially correct. Between January and September 2021, the number of contracts coming in increased by 75 % compared to the previous year. In contrast, turnover in German mining companies is lagging behind. In 2020, the industry achieved ...

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Obituary – University Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Dieter Stoll (1938 – 2021)

On 1st November 2021, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Dieter Stoll (Figure 1), director emeritus of the Institute of Mining Engineering III at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, passed away at the age of 88. Prof. Stoll studied mining at RWTH from 1954 onwards, after graduating from high school, completing a period of practical training as a miner in the USA, and graduating ...

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State funds development of a hydrogen start-up hub in Essen with 4.5 M € – RAG-Stiftung participates in the hub as a shareholder

The State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany intends to accelerate the development of a pioneering hydrogen economy. Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Prof. Andreas Pinkwart introduced the strategic cornerstones for this back in late 2020 with the hydrogen roadmap. With the decision to fund the H2UB, in which Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE), Essen, RAG-Stiftung, Essen, and TÜV SÜD ...

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Federal Presidenat Steinmeier visits Zollverein

Some three years after the ceremony to mark the end of the German coal mining industry, leading representatives of RAG-Stiftung and RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, joined Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a historic mining site. Together with the head of state and other representatives from the worlds of politics, business and culture, the chair of the RAG-Stiftung board of management Bernd ...

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Develop and optimize a Hydrogen Economy in the Greater Region – Companies from France, Germany and Luxembourg constitute European economic business interest grouping

Creos Deutschland, Encevo, GazelEnergie, GRTgaz, H2V, Hydrogène de France, SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH and STEAG GmbH have constituted themselves as the European economic business interest grouping (EEIG) “Grande Region Hydrogen” (Figure 1). The Members of the EEIG have, each individually and partially together, set themselves the goal of establishing an integrated cross-border energy system in the Greater Region by linking ...

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STEAG looks to Greece

SENS LSG, a German-Austrian joint venture in the field of photovoltaics (PV) which was only founded at the end of 2020, is significantly advancing the energy transition in Greece. Together with the LSG Group from Vienna/Austria, SENS is to construct solar PV power plants with a total capacity of 480 MW in Greece in the coming months (Figure 1), and further ...

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STEAG PV subsidiary enters into cooperation for BeNeLux market

STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS), Würzburg/Germany, and the Czech-Dutch company Greenbuddies Energy BV, based in Eindhoven/Netherlands, will in future join forces on the photovoltaic (PV) market in the BeNeLux countries (Figure 1). The aim is to offer ground-mounted PV projects and associated services in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. From the Greenbuddies branch in Eindhoven headed by Jos Schlangen, ...

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New chair of the board of management at the Working Group on Energy Balances

The Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) elected Michael Nickel as the new chair of the board of management and as a member of the management at this year’s general meeting in Berlin/Germany. Nickel has been deputy chair of the AG Energiebilanzen since 2004. Before that, he had worked for the Federal Association of German Energy and Water Management ...

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Hard coal continues to be crucial for security of supply

Over the course of 2021, it has become clear that security of supply is and will remain one of the most important topics of the energy transition. The expansion of renewable energies that are dependent on supply, wind and solar, is at the centre of energy policy. The continuously increasing share of renewable energies increases the need to hold on ...

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