Funding approval for German green hydrogen Westküste100

The consortium behind the Westküste100 project received the go-ahead and funding approval from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. That will make it Germany’s first hydrogen project included in the real-world. The project is backed by an investment volume totalling 89 million euros.

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One-tenth of electricity generated by wind or solar

According to research by climate think-tank Ember wind and solar now generate one-tenth of global electricity. Ember’s new half-year analysis aggregates national electricity generation for 48 countries making up 83% of global electricity production. It builds on Ember’s annual Global Electricity Review.

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93 gigawatt additional electricity exchange needed by 2040

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO) says an additional 93 gigawatt cross-border electricity exchange capacity is needed to address the energy transition in 2040. Although annual investments in network capacity varies from 1.3 billion to 3.4 billion euro, they avoid annual generation costs of 4 to 10 billion euro.

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Substitution of plastic with bioplastics creates other problems

To replace EU plastic packaging with bioplastic would require more than the equivalent of the total land area of Ireland. And about a fifth of the EU’s freshwater withdrawal. That concluded a multinational group of environmental scientists. They advice to reduce packaging demand of plastics instead.

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