The use of renewable energies mitigates climate change. The German government has set a target of 80 percent of the electricity consumed in Germany coming from renewable sources by 2030, with the aim of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045.
Wind power is widely accepted by the population. The market grows by 44% annually, and has exceeded 50 GW for the first time in 2014. After a slowdown in 2013, the wind industry set a new record for annual installations in 2014. Globally, 51,477 MW of new wind generating capacity were added in 2014 according to the global wind market statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council.
Thanks to its long-term business relationships in the north-eastern region of Germany, the group company ME Müritzer Energie AG has already been able to secure attractive locations for wind farms with a capacity of several hundred MW, and is constantly expanding this portfolio.
The German biogas market, which has long been based exclusively on biogas plants fed with “energy crops” and is currently in transition. The company has therefore focused on large and small biogas plants operated without any energy crops, both in the agricultural and the industrial sector, and has developed several industrial scale projects where financial closing and implementation are now imminent.
The company has already realized various biogas projects where it constructed biogas plants on behalf of its customers. Several industrial-scale biogas projects based solely on organic residues (i.e. zero energy crops) are currently being developed, with construction of the first one to begin in 2016.
The company was the first to supply, in 2010, a membrane-based biogas upgrading system, a technology which will soon be the predominant technology for biogas upgrading. The technology was awarded with the innovation award of the German Energy Agency (dena, Deutsche Energieagentur). All of the company’s industrial biogas projects currently under development comprise conversion of biogas into biomethane, for subsequent injection into the gas network.