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No. 02/2022 26/04/2022
German Energy Solutions News

Welcome to the Germany Energy Solutions Initiative's bimonthly international newsletter. Here, you will learn about opportunities to meet German business partners in the clean tech space – and stay informed about our upcoming events. This newsletter is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and is free of charge.


German-African energy projects in action
"From Ambition to Action” was the lively slogan for the 8th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) at the end of March, where over 50 countries participated in a forum for clean energy solutions. Epitomising this bold spirit was a side event hosted by the German Energy Solutions Initiative which showcased German-African green tech projects in Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Senegal. The flagship dena RES programmes presented included the Green Solar Academy which trains solar installers in six African countries, Boreal Light GmbH’s solar desalination plants for drinking and irrigation water, and a local power grid in rural Zambia supplied by SolarworX GmbH which connects up modular, compact solar home systems. On a broader scale, solar technology developed by Africa GreenTec AG now supplies several villages in Senegal with affordable solar electricity. "In many African countries, renewable energy is already competitive and cost-effective," asserted the RES consultant Dr Valérie Bischof at the event. The projects demonstrated how barriers such as the high initial costs can be overcome through cooperation.

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East African companies profit from self-produced solar
Visit to the PDP reference project Shalima Flowers, East African Growers
In December, interest in our Project Development Programme (PDP) reference trip to Kenya ran high, with 50 representatives from Kenyan, Ugandan and Rwandan companies attending. The event’s popularity was hardly surprising considering its focus: ‘How can East African companies profit from self-produced solar power?’ The pathway to realising an independent power supply using photovoltaic (PV) systems is not always clear and working models are vital for knowledge sharing. The trip included a visit to the Githunguri Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society Limited, where Ecoligo GmbH presented its 700 kW rooftop solar system. The second reference project was a ground-mounted solar installation implemented by Redavia Solar Power GmbH for Shalimar Flowers on a twelve-year lease basis. The PV system generates about 430 kW of power and saves over 90 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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Mapping Germany’s geothermal heat resources
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A team of geoscientists and computer experts are working on a wide-ranging project to map Germany’s subterranean heat resources in a user-friendly 3D format. This year, the GeotIS (Geothermal Information System) project is being expanded to include medium-depth boreholes up to 2,000 metres. The information will help municipal heating providers to decide whether it’s worth exploiting the potential of hot water contained in natural aquifers at depths of up to 5,000 metres to feed into the heating networks.
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Groundbreaking atomic 3D printing process for solar cells
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A new prototype additive printer capable of depositing nanostructures within an accuracy of 0.0000001 millimetres has enabled scientists at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg to print sheets of thin film solar cells for the first time – a key step towards mass production. Atomic-layer additive manufacturing (ALAM), as they’ve called the process, allows the team to experiment with different geometric structures and new materials to optimise semiconductor performance.
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Current events within the German Energy Solutions Initiative
Veranstaltung im BMWK: Redner auf Bühne, Publikum
02.05. - 06.05.2022: Energy efficiency in industry and commerce Taiwan (Online)

09.05. - 13.05.2022: Green Hydrogen with Focus on Power-to-X-Applications in California (Online)

16.05. - 20.05.2022: Bioenergy in Japan (Online)

3rd quarter 2022: Decentralized Energy Supply with Renewables in Namibia and South Africa

30.05 - 03.06.2022: State-of-the-art components for sustainable PV systems in Bangladesh (Online)

07.06. - 09.06.2022: German Pavilion at Enlit Africa (former African Utility Week) (Online)

13.06. - 17.06.2022: Energy efficiency in buildings in Mexio (Online)

19.06. - 23.06.2022: Energy generation from biogenic waste and residues in Saudi Arabia

20.06. - 23.06.2022: Energy Generation with a Focus on Green Hydrogen and its derivatives in Israel

20.06. - 24.06.2022: Bioenergy with application in agriculture and waste management in Slovakia
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Do you have questions regarding the newsletter or the German Energy Solutions Initiative? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: redaktion@german-energy-solutions.de.
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
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10119 Berlin

Photo Credits:
H2: GIZ / Adom the Photographer
Events: BMWK/Blumentritt
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