If the switch to renewables is to succeed, the power grid needs expanding. But who wants transmission routes in their own backyard?
Bettina and Gerhard Boll have been part of the anti-nuclear protest movement for over 30 years and have been campaigning against the Krümmel nuclear power plant, which is situated just six kilometres from their home.
Companies and consumers are bearing the cost of Germany’s switch to renewables. But large companies that use high amounts of energy have been exempted from paying the surcharge, leading medium-sized businesses to feel hard done by.
German environment minister Peter Altmaier on high electricity bills, the refrigerators in his basement, and his own energy.
Dozens of wind farms are due to be installed near Germany’s coastlines. Day-to-day life on these offshore facilities is so dangerous that the workers require rigorous survival training.
Today, one in five German households gets its electricity from a green energy provider. But few people know what “green energy” actually entails. Here are three common misconceptions.
In order to achieve its climate targets, the German government has advised homeowners to reduce their energy consumption. Most are responding by insulating their building façades with polystyrene panels.
Most people view Germany’s switch to renewable energy sources positively, but they also fear possible burdens and shortcomings. Here are four accounts of the positive impact the switch is having on individual lives.
They are smaller than a strand of hair, yet they hold much promise for the future of energy generation. Scientists from Hamburg are researching how microalgae can be used to provide households with heat and electricity.
A five-hour power cut: a disaster for a big city like Hamburg. Such an event is unlikely, but certainly not impossible.
New transportation concepts should lead to fewer people using cars. Jürgen Pietsch, professor of urban development and intelligent technologies, explains how we will get from A to B in the future.