One Third of 2017 German Gross Electricity Production From Renewables

According to the “wind energy report 2017” of Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology, one third of gross electricity generation in 2017 came from renewable energy sources.  Almost half are from on- and offshore wind power plants.

With a total feed-in of 217 TWh, renewable energies in 2017 covered 33 percent of Germany’s electricity production, the Frauenhofer institute reported.  This is more than any other energy source.  Wind energy accounted for 16 percent of German power generation.  This makes it the second largest power generator.  Only brown coal (23% percent) had a greater share of power generation.  Hard coal and nuclear power generation contribute a share of 12 and 14 percent to Germany’s power generation.  

The wind energy contribution to German gross electricity generation  in only one year increasedby by more than 34% from 80 TWh to 107.5 TWh in 2017 Frauenhofer Institute reported.

Wind Onshore

29,300 wind onshore power plants (approx. 51,000 MW) are installed in Germany.  In 2017 1,850 new onshore wind turbines with a capacity of 5,514 MW started operation.  Thus, the previous record of 2014 with 4,665 MW of newly installed capacity was clearly exceeded.

Wind Offshore

The expansion of offshore wind energy in Germany progressed further.  In 2017, four offshore wind farms with 151 turbines and a total capacity of 895 MW were completed in the North Sea. In the Baltic Sea a wind farm with 70 turbines and 350 MW capacity was also completed.

By the end of 2017 about 18,200 MW from new wind turbines were in operation worldwide, with an overwhelming majority in Europe (15,600 MW), with the UK 6620 MW, Germany 5387 MW, Denmark 1294 MW, Netherlands 1120 MW, and Belgium reaching 877 MW.

Even Higher Figures – And Challenges

If 33 percent sound impressive, Fraunhofer ISE provides an even higher figure of 38% renewables, of net generation of power plants for public power supply.

Whichever way you turn it: 2017 was a massive year for renewables in Germany, particularly wind.  As good as that sounds, this also meant massive challenges for the German grid, and substantial costs from EEG transfer payments.

Source: press release of Frauenhofer Institut, wind energy report 2017

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