Interviews

Interview Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW)

1. April 2022

The GdW is responsible for around six million rental flats in Germany. By law, these flats must also be heated in a climate-neutral way by 2045. Up to now, the housing industry has mainly relied on heat from interconnected networks and on gas. If more buildings are heated by heat pumps in the future, partly […]

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Green electricity and hydrogen – the German energy system 2050

4. March 2022

Thomas Unnerstall is an energy consultant, author and member of Global Energy Solutions. In this interview, he outlines the future of the German power and energy system until 2050. After the phasing out of German nuclear power plants this year and the planned shutdown of coal-fired power plants, gas-fired power plants would become increasingly important. […]

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Synthetic kerosene from concrete production – Interview with Patrik Schleicher from SCHWENK Zement

3. February 2022

Concrete is a bulk commodity and the building material par excellence, also globally. The cement industry contributes 7 to 8 percent of global CO2 emissions. And concrete consumption is rising. SCHWENK Zement is not only a partner of Global Energy Solutions, but also one of the oldest family-owned companies in the German building materials industry, […]

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Saudi Arabia becomes an exporter of green ammonia. Interview with Peter Terium

31. December 2021

One of the largest renewable energy production projects is currently being developed in Saudi Arabia and is called Neom. The area is located on the coast of the Red Sea and is about the size of Belgium. Even though Neom will be powered 100 per cent by renewables, the plans go far beyond the energy […]

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Low-CO2 hydrogen from natural gas. Interview with Ad van Wijk

31. December 2021

Ad van Wijk is Professor of Future Energy Systems at Delft University of Technology. In the interview he confirms: We have more than enough green energy available. About one tenth of the area of the Sahara, fitted with solar panels, would be enough to supply humanity with energy, including cheap energy. The challenges […]

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Renewable energy for Africa. Interview with Basma Bentaher

31. December 2021

AMEA Power develops renewable energy projects mainly in Africa, for example in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. In this interview, Basma Bentaher, the company’s project developer, reports on a 50-megawatt solar project in Togo, West Africa. The customer is a state-owned energy company. The end consumers are the people in the region, about […]

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Dubai 1st Interview with Katherina Reiche

15. December 2021

On 10 and 11 November, the 11th Dii Desert Energy Leadership Forum took place in Dubai. There, GES had the opportunity to interview Katherina Reiche, Chair of the National Hydrogen Council. “I am convinced,” she says “we need all colours of hydrogen. Because the demand in Germany alone will be so big in […]

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More output: from 1 to 5 gigawatts

4. November 2021

The order situation at the producers of electrolysis plants is more than good. In an interview, Ulf Bäumer of thyssenkrupp explains how the company is currently ramping up its production capacities: through the use of robots, through digitalisation and the further development of components – large-scale industrial production instead of manufacture. In the process, the […]

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Interview: The structure of the work programme is in place

30. September 2021

Global Energy Solutions (GES) has specified its work programme for the next two years. In an interview, Christof von Branconi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the association, names the focal points. The challenges of a global energy transition are enormous, and so are the tasks. After all, around 85 percent of the energy […]

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An unrealistic dream: Georg Brasseur on green energy self-sufficiency in Europe

3. September 2021

Interview: How can the energy transition succeed? Georg Brasseur is an engineer and teaches at Graz University of Technology. His maxim: We need a technical vision of how the global energy transition can succeed at all. Using Europe as an example, he shows with simple calculations that neither green energy self-sufficiency is possible nor a […]

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