Global Energy Solutions

For Prosperity and Climate Neutrality

Mission

We develop global solutions and business models on energy, climate and development issues. Our goal is a climate-neutral energy system – with the following elements: green electricity, green hydrogen, biological as well as technical CO2 recycling, climate-neutral energy sources and fuels – including methanol. During production, CO2 is used materially and thus becomes an interesting economic asset. Together with industrial and scientific partners, we are developing technical, entrepreneurial and administrative foundations for significant investments in this field of the future. Investments that pay off.

Interview


When will the German hydrogen economy arrive? Interview with Thomas Frewer from BP

In 2030, 1500 kilometres of pipelines for hydrogen transport in Germany should be ready. From the north, where most of the gas is produced, it will reach consumers in the west and south of the country. The customers will be steelworks and the chemical industry, for example. But there is still a long way to go. BP Europa is part of a core consortium of six partners who are driving the GET H2 project forward. But the bureaucratic hurdles are…

Liquid electricity

In 2002, Urs Weidmann founded the Silent-Power AG in Switzerland. He wants to help the methanol industry achieve a breakthrough, develop a CO2-neutral value chain and expand his company into an energy service provider. For Weidmann, methanol, not hydrogen, is the ideal synthetically produced energy carrier. He has been convinced of this for 40 years. The entrepreneur relies on the fundamental findings of George A. Olah, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1994. Now, the hour of practice has come for Weidmann.

Do resource bottlenecks endanger the energy transition?

An electric motor requires different raw materials than a combustion engine: for example, rare earths for powerful magnets. In order to generate and use energy, the global energy transition requires a significantly different raw material base than the fossil age. The transition may lead to a wide variety of supply bottlenecks in the coming years….

Are developing countries being patronised in the production of green hydrogen?

The EU Commission wants to hold companies accountable in matters of human rights and protection of the environment and climate. According to the provisions of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, European and non-European companies are to enforce corresponding standards within their value chains. What appears to be positive at first glance may bring considerable…

The “hypocrisy” of the rich countries

In the paper, GES board members Prof. Dr. Estelle Herlyn and Prof. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher criticise Western countries that want to dictate their energy policies to developing and emerging countries – in the sense of renewables-only, but at the same time call on various African states to supply more oil and gas to Europe….

We are not on course

Germany and Europe are in an energy crisis, the main problem being lower supplies of Russian natural gas. At the same time, the German government has once again tightened the targets for an energy turnaround. How does this fit? Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel from the Ruhr University Bochum sees a discrepancy between wish and reality….

That will not be enough!

This is the title of the new debate book by Prof. Dr Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of GES. In an interview with CHEManager, he takes a stand on issues of climate protection and the energy transition. An excerpt: In sunny countries like Algeria or Saudi Arabia, you can produce…

Publications

We are convinced that the production of carbon neutral fuels opens up unique business opportunities. Our task in the near future will therefore be to investigate various technological paths and identify the best and most cost-effective solutions – as a scientifically and commercially sound basis for investor decisions. In addition, we are keeping an eye on the political and fiscal framework conditions. Not only concerning the energy sector but also for a number of other quite “difficult” industries such as steel or cement.

Endorsement

“Energy, climate and development are key issues of our time and are closely linked in terms of content,” said the former Development Minister Gerd Müller in his endorsement. “I myself and the BMZ have been active in this area for years. International cooperation, e.g. in the field of energy using the world’s large solar deserts, is a key issue. Furthermore, the production of gigantic quantities of green hydrogen and its combination with CO2 to produce synthetic fuels – such as methanol – as a kind of ‘liquid electricity'”.

Team

The association Global Energy Solutions e.V. conducts analyses on current energy, climate and development issues. In a global perspective we develop solutions together with industry partners. The activities of the association are carried out in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). They are also part of a wide range of hydrogen-related activities in the state of Baden-Württemberg and in the Ulm region.

GES News


Review of the COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh

The climate conference ended with the promise of the industrialised countries to pay for damages and losses resulting from warming in particularly vulnerable developing countries. But the financing is not yet clear and the dimensions are clearly too low. Regarding the reduction of greenhouse gases, there was no progress compared to the previous COP in Glasgow. The outcome of COP27 is disappointing, to say the least. The dominant narrative in Egypt was that of renewable energies leading to a climate-neutral…

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