Interviews

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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Why the world’s largest oil producer relies on synthetic fuels

26. July 2021

Matthias Braun is a consultant to Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer. In an interview with Global Energy Solutions, he explains Aramco’s interest in synthetic fuels. It is primarily customer-driven. The Chinese market is in first place. China is not only focusing on electromobility, […]

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We need a realistic, implementable programme

1. July 2021

Global Energy Solutions proposes to German politicians that climate-neutral synthetic fuels be added to today’s classic petrol. This is also possible for diesel and heating oil. The blending rate could be 15 percent in 2030. This would be a considerable contribution to achieving the goal of the […]

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The global energy transition now has a chance

26. May 2021

Hardly anyone has as much experience with renewable energy in North Africa and the Middle East as Paul van Son. He was the founding managing director of the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) in 2009. Early on, he criticised the focus on exporting electricity from Africa to Europe – as too narrow and too early. First, […]

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