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BMWi Examines Need for National Gas Reserve

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) headed by Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) is in the process of commissioning a study, which shall point out ways to improve the security with supply of gas and precautionary measures in Germany, Rheinische Post (RP) writes.

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BMWi: Germany Has Largest Natural Gas Storage Capacity in the EU – Storage Sites Well Filled

Germany has the largest natural gas storage capacity in the EU and the fourth largest in the world, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy pointed out in its latest newsletter on the German Energiewende. Almost 24 billion cubic metres of natural gas can be stored to balance supply and demand.

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Federal Council: German 45 Day National Gas Reserve Resolution

On 11 July the Federal Council (Bundesrat) adopted a resolution aimed at ensuring a permanent contribution of gas storage facilities to the German energy supply by asking the German government to create a national gas storage reserve lasting for 45 days.

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Unconventional Pumped Storage – efzn Conference in Goslar November 2013

The Energy Research Centre Lower Saxony (Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen – efzn) is organising a conference on unconventional pumped storage for energy on 21/22 November 2013 in Goslar, Germany. I will give a presentation on the German permitting regime for unconventional pumped storage.

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Dena Makes Interactive Map with Power-to-Gas Projects Available Online

The German Energy Agency (dena) has made an interactive map available online, showing “power-to-gas” projects in Germany and their current status. Dena recently launched the internet portal “Power to Gas”.

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Dena Power-to-Gas Internet Project

Using excess electricity from renewable power plants to produce synthetic methane is one of the options currently being explored in Germany to meet challenges created by intermittent renewable energy. In this context the German Energy Agency (dena) has launched the internet portal “Power to Gas” in cooperation with 20 partners from industry, science and associations. The internet site, which has just set up its own group on the business social network XING, shall help to examine the possibilities of methane storage.

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60 Energy Storage Research Projects Receive Financial Support

60 energy research storage projects that receive financial support by the German Federation were officially launched, the Ministry of Economics and Technology, (BMWi), the Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) said in a joint press release. In May 2011 the ministries had allocated EUR 200 million for research concerning energy storage until 2014 to support the expansion of renewable energies in Germany.

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EUR 200 Million in Research Funds for Storage Facilities

The expansion of new storage facilities is a key element for a speedy expansion of renewable energies. The German federal government acknowledged this in last year’s Energy Concept as well as in the  6-point Key Paper for an Accelerated Transformation of the German Energy Infrastructurefollowing the Fukushima nuclear accident. Yesterday, the competent ministries announced to make available EUR 200 million in research funds until 2014.

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