Urgently sought by big enterprises: More renewable energies

Urgently sought by big enterprises: More renewable energies

While some politicians and the general public still think that they are only doing Greta a favour with more renewables, the calls of the economy for a much faster expansion of renewable energies are getting louder and louder. Who are the players and what is behind them?

RE100 - large global companies want 100% renewables I had already mentioned the RE100 initiative http://there100.org/ in the last blog and was asked to go into it again. This initiative was founded by some of the largest companies in the world. One entry requirement http://media.virbcdn.com/files/83/a63c2f326b040f9f-RE100JoiningCriteria.pdf is "Fortune 1000 listed or comparable" - which translates as comparable to the ranking of the 1,000 largest US companies: at least 100 GWh/a electricity demand and nationally/globally known brand. So it's no wonder that this logo collection contains many acquaintances.

The wave of very large companies joining the RE100 is quickly growing; there are now 207 - and new ones are added to the website every day. The goals are different, in terms of path and time to reach 100%. But that's also logical, because just snap your finger, and you're at 100% renewables, is difficult.

What an impressive statement by global business enterprises, which is already clearly reflected in the market for non-subsidised renewable energies in the EU. And here in a cooperation with the EU solar and wind associations strong expression finds.

EU: Massive increase in corporate demand At the beginning of October, this year's RE-Source 2019 conference took place in Amsterdam with more than 1,000 participants. The subject of the conference is EU-wide PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) - and here primarily those between companies and producers. http://resource-platform.eu/events/

The very large number of participants - as in 2018 - signals the great interest in this step - to sell renewables directly and without state subsidies. And indeed, the market for corporate PPAs in the EU has grown significantly - to just under 8 GW capacity, of which only approx. 60 MW in Germany.

The RE-Source platform, supported by the leading EU associations for solar and wind energy, offers further studies and documents on corporate PPA: See http://resource-platform.eu/toolkit/reports/

A very powerful player in German industry A very powerful player in Germany, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), is only slowly becoming louder. However, it is becoming increasingly clear from the member companies, above all VW, that the expansion of renewable energies and the associated infrastructure for electric mobility must become much faster and more courageous. No wonder, since VW and Co. are investing billions in electric mobility. Electric drives will replace the inefficient and comparatively less dynamic combustion engines - whether on the battery or hydrogen route. Daimler recently announced that it would be using hydrogen for trucks in addition to batteries for cars. https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/daimler-mercedes-diesel-lkw-1.4655631

Whether hydrogen or batteries - for this massive green electricity is needed, and so the mobility providers quickly increase the pressure; Deutsche Bahn is also starting to buy massive amounts of green electricity in stages and is probably also opening up its own power grid for direct feed-in.

Exchange of process energy and the hydrogen economy In the sometimes religious discussions about "battery vs. hydrogen", especially in vehicles or for stationary storage, it is often forgotten that hydrogen is already omnipresent in the chemical industry. The development of a huge green hydrogen industry is therefore indispensable anyway; quantities and know-how will be fed massively from this technology, and thus it should be clear to everyone that no trade fair has yet been sung about vehicles either. Although the green H2 race is open globally, it is completely open - and this time Germany can do a lot to stay ahead.

Without hydrogen e.g. no fertilizers - and so one estimates that the production of hydrogen from natural gas is responsible at present for approx. 3% of the world-wide CO2-Emissionen: This is already a broad field for a sensible replacement of "blue" with "green" hydrogen through the rapid further development of processes based on renewable electricity.

The switch in steel production from the use of coking coal to hydrogen also offers an important perspective for decarbonization. The technology is currently being developed in pilot projects by various steel producers: https://salcos.salzgitter-ag.com/. The opposite is true for thyssen

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Karl-Heinz Remmers
03. Nov 2019