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Promotion of solar farms: Low amount of funding necessary

Competition through market-based auctions is effective: since being determined by way of auction, the amount of public funding to be provided for electricity generated from solar farms has continuously fallen. The last round of the pilot phase in December 2016 brought the amount of funding received to all-time low.

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What does ‘Efficiency First’ actually mean?

‘Efficiency First’ is the new principle for the energy transition. To learn more about the reasons why energy efficiency is a top priority and what this term comprises, please read on.

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Unearthing the treasure in old solar modules

Twenty-five years down the line, photovoltaics modules have generally come to the end of their service life. The raw materials then contain are still valuable, but most of the components still end up in the rubbish. A research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy aims to change this.

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Repairing wind-power installations in stormy weather

Wind turbines need wind in order to produce electricity. But strong winds also prevent vital repair work. In order to find a solution to this problem, researchers are now developing a service platform equipped with a weather-proof booth.

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Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action

Quote of the week

"Europe is well on track to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets. Despite the current geopolitical uncertainties, Europe is forging ahead with the clean energy transition. There is no alternative.“

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, speaking at the publication of the Second Report on the State of the Energy Union

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