Germany Reaches Milestone of Renewables Supplying Nearly Entire Energy Supply for a Day
Drawing on a variety of renewable energy sources, the industrial nation’s power supply was covered nearly in full for an entire day.
Heavily-industrialized countries require a significant energy supply to meet their daily operations. As the world transitions to more sustainable ways of producing energy and using resources, milestones that showcase achievable goals highlight ways in which we can progress, present issues that still need to be resolved, and otherwise offer practical insight into what’s possible.
Furthermore, examples like these make a positive case for Team Gemini’s offerings in diversified renewables, as there is a need to implement a variety of technologies to reliably cover all power production needs.
Solar and wind power peaked at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday [May 15], allowing renewables to supply 45.5 GW as demand was 45.8 GW, according to provisional data by Agora Energiewende, a research institute in Berlin. Power prices turned negative during several 15-minute periods, dropping as low as minus 50 euros ($57) a MWh, according to data from Epex Spot.
Beyond these figures, measuring energy supply numbers at face value doesn’t address the critical need to solve waste management and water treatment issues, which are critical components of sustainability within Team Gemini’s developments.
Not only are there many nations besides Germany who are progressing towards these goals, but issues are still present to be addressed by present and future technology options, making education and R&D as relevant as ever.
Countries around Europe are building increasing amounts of renewable capacity in order to reduce their carbon emissions and boost supply security. Last year Denmark’s wind farms supplied 140 percent of demand, while the U.K. had no coal-fired power stations meeting electricity demand for about four hours on May 10 as a result of plant breakdowns.
“Events like this highlight that eventually we may need to start curtailing because of market-wide oversupply,” said Monne Depraetere, an analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “In the long-run, that may provide a case to build technologies that can manage this oversupply — for example more interconnectors or energy storage.”
In an effort to make more communities sustainable, Team Gemini works closely with commodity-intensive industry clients, municipalities, and other stakeholders to implement viable technology configurations that result in economic and other benefits. This is achieved by drawing upon working examples as well as applying proven industry technologies.
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