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About the energy consumption in Germany, Vol. 1
The Association of Energy Balances e.V. in Germany regular publishes dates and facts on their webseite: www.ag-energiebilanzen.de about the energy use and balances in Germany. The latest news is from December 2007 and February 2008. Here are my thoughts on published energy consumption in Germany in the year 2007.
Balance of electricity supply in Germany 2007
On the topic: “Electricity Industry” the Association claims: “The gross power generation of power plants in the year 2007 was with approx 636.5 billion kWh similar to the one of 2006. The contribution of nuclear energy and cruide oil sharply decreased while the electricity, produced from black- and brown-coal and especially from renewable energies, enlarged.” […] “The share of nuclear power in the gross electricity production in Germany in 2007 fell by 22.1 % and dropped behind the shares of coals with 140.5 billion kWh.” […]
“Installed capacity of wind power stations in 2007 increased by approxemately 1.670 MW to 22.290 MW. At the end of the year an overall of an estimated 19.570 wind turbines was in operation. Electricity generation from wind energy increased significantly by almost 29 % to 39.5 billion kWh” […]
“The electrification of biogenic energy sources gained a high growth of one quarter. Including the pro-rata production of garbage power plants (from biogenic waste), the electricity production generated from biomass raised to 24 billion kWh in 2007.[…]
So far the quotes from the Association of Energy Balances e. V., for the full text and graphics go to: www.ag-energiebilanzen.de That electricity is nothing else than a commercial product is proven by looking at the figures for the current import and export of electricity in Germany in 2007. The main countries of importation were France, Czech Republic and Denmark, the main countries of exportation the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. The export surplus stood at 19 billion kWh similar to the same value as last year. This figure should be compared to the 16.3 billion kWh for electricty for transportation alone.
Also of interest are the published values for the power plants own internal consumption (39.3 billion kWh), electricity losses used for pumping (of water reservoirs) and “not accountables”. These three items add up to 76.5 billion kWh, which is more than half of the net electricity consumption´in households (140.5 billion kWh) or the overall net comsumption of electricity in commerce and trade (75.1 billion kWh).
The question remains open: Where should or can you start now to economize and to become more effective? The one or other energy-saving lamp is probably not enough. However, it is high time to start with the implementation of a truly distributed, directly and solar bio-hydrogen structure. This can be operative without implementing elctrolysers, and gain a much better efficiency than the turbines, steam- and combustion-engines used today (Carnot-Process) to produce electricity.
If we fail to start this process today, we might miss it, because it will be too late, or it will become very expensive in the future…
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Graphik: Arno A. Evers FAIR-PR