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Energy flow in Germany-2005, compared to 2006 in percent
According to calculations by the Working Group Energy Balances (see link), based in Berlin, Germany, in 2006 the total consumption of primary energy in Germany in relation to
2005 grew by 2.5 percent to 497.8 Mio tce (Tonnes Coal Equivalents). The German Energy production is still based on high import rates (growth: + 1.3 percent), however, the share of domestic energy production has increased a little further (growth: +2.6 percent). The main cause was the increase in the use of renewable Energies, which rose in comparison with the previous year to just a little less than 16 percent.
The largest group of consumers remained in the past year the private households (growth: +
1.4 percent compared to the previous year), equivalent to a share of almost 29 percent of
total final energy.
They are followed by transport (+ 0.4 percent) and the industry (growth: + 6.3 percent), each with a share of about 28 percent. Less energy, compared to 2005, was only used by: commercial, trade and services. Only here did energy needs fall in comparison to 2005 by 0.6 percent;, the proportion of this group the overall energy use fell to 15 percent.
Despite ongoing debates on subjects like climate protection, energy efficiency, increased use of renewable energy and the implementation of new technologies, conversion losses: ("flaring and transmission losses") increased by a remarkable 6 percent in comparison to 2005. That means, in our country more energy conversion losses are created than the household sector consumes in a year plus the industrial sector, trade and services actually consume in six months.
An interesting development, which is nothing to be proud of and which is also not even being discussed by media or public in Germany. This makes me wonder: "What could be the reasons that this is a taboo issue?"
Another final point: If you continue to search, you will find out that conversion losses occur in two places: - first, in electricity generation, i.e., in the "conventional" power plants and second, in the distribution of electricity to the users/consumers. In Germany alone, over 1,600,000 (in words: 1,6 million) transformer stations are active. Note: For a true hydrogen economy, or even a hydrogen society with decentralized, directly solar-produced hydrogen as an energy carrier and conversion into electricity by fuel cells of all sizes, the above mentioned losses will not occur.
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