The energy transition

The energy transition means moving away from nuclear and fossil fuels towards a sustainable energy supply through the use of renewable energies. It is one of the central social challenges and of the present time and of the coming decades. The future is not only be about clean generation of electricity, but about holistic „green“ resource and whole environmentally friendly supply system without the obsolete conventional power plants.

The expansion of renewables is advancing inexorably.

Electricity generation from wind and sun in Germany recently reached the 40 percent mark – and the trend is rising. However, the rapidly increasing proportions of intermittent renewable energy generation and the increasing decentralization of the energy supply are a gigantic challenge for the entire energy system.

How much energy is supplied at what point in time will more than ever depend on the forces of nature. Nevertheless, a stable and reliable energy supply must be guaranteed at all times.

„100 percent electricity from renewable sources of energy is achievable and is necessary. This requires a system change away from coal and nuclear energy towards energy efficiency and the renewables. A switch from coal and nuclear to a complete supply from renewable energies is feasible.“ 1

1BUND, German Federal Government, August 27, 2010: “Statement on the issue of energy storage within the framework of the integration of electricity from renewable sources into the grid”