german coal beaten by renewables for first time
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2018-07-11 09:15:29 UTC

German coal trounced by renewables for first time

Sam Morgan

[image] Wind, solar, hydropower and biogas met 36.3% of Germany's
electricity needs between Jan and June 2018, while coal provided
just 35.1%. [Bert Kaufmann / Flickr]

Renewable energy sources satisfied more of Germany's power demands
than coal during the first half of 2018, marking a shift towards clean
power as the Bundesrepublik continues to debate how best to phase out coal.

According to data released on Tue (10 July) by the German
Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), wind, solar,
hydropower and biogas met 36.3% of Germany's electricity needs between
Jan and June 2018, while coal provided just 35.1%.

Although renewables have hit notable benchmarks in the past,
outstripping fossil fuels on certain days or even weeks, this is the
first time coal has fallen by the wayside during such a long period of
time in Germany.

In comparison to the same period in 2017, renewables only met 32.5% in
the first 6 months of last year, with coal generating 38.5%. Experts
say this was partly due to favourable weather conditions and lower consumption.

That reduction in coal use was predominantly based on a drop-off in
carbon-heavy hard coal or anthracite, while use of lignite or brown
coal, which contains the least concentration of carbon, remained
relatively stable between 2017 and 2018.

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WysokieNapiecie.pl reports.


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2018-07-11 20:40:28 UTC
Post by M***@kymhorsell.com
That reduction in coal use was predominantly based on a drop-off in
carbon-heavy hard coal or anthracite, while use of lignite or brown
coal, which contains the least concentration of carbon, remained
relatively stable between 2017 and 2018.
You are evil.

Seriously. You are evil.

Brown coal is the dirtiest. It's the worst. It
contains the most impurities, the most hazardous
chemicals. But, Germany is also rich in brown
coal. So what is happening here is that Germany
is burning it's domestic coal, not importing it.

...perhaps even exporting it's best coal

On the bright side, brown coal is great for
coal-to-liquids (or even coal-to-gas) projects,
which remove a great many of the dangerous
impurities as part of the processing. So brown
coal does have a bright future.

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