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Jamaica and the coal

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“Jamaica in the coal dilemma”, “Black-Green quarrel over coal”, “coal phase-out is the taboo word in the Jamaica debate”. During the exploratory talks on a possible Jamaica coalition, the coal phase-out demanded by the Greens was a central point of discussion. How did the electricity market react to this? Can the struggle for coal capacities to be (not) decommissioned be read off from the electricity price? And what does that say about the energy-only market?


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Blockchain – or how a technology creates business models

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Blockchain – a technology that promises a democratic energy world without traditional retailers. It is not surprising that the energy industry has been dealing with blockchain technology since the beginning of the hype in 2016. In a changing energy world, the search for new business models is becoming increasingly important.


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Revenue potential spot market for battery storage – What is important?

Contribution margins and number of cycles for different marketing strategies (2017, own calculation)
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The marketing strategy plays a key role in assessing the revenue potential of battery storage on the spot market. Read here about the revenue potential and how marketing strategies differ in terms of effort and results.


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Sector coupling – German coalition agreement and the heating market

Figure 2: Definition of sector coupling (Source: Energy Brainpool)

The term sector coupling is used four times in the coalition agreement between CDU/CSU and SPD forming the new German government. This article analyses the key points of the new German government in terms of sector coupling and presents key figures and scenarios for the European heating markets.


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Is there enough lithium to feed the need for batteries?

Sonnen battery (Foto: sonnen GmbH)
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In the following guest contribution Kyle Pennell digs into the issue of lithium availability for battery electric vehicles. Lithium ion batteries have several advantages over other battery types. And while they’re still more expensive than their lead-acid counterparts, lithium ion batteries have been steadily declining in price.


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China’s electricity system in 2017: Record PV expansion

Gross electricity consumption in China exceeded 6000 TWh for the first time in 2017. Installed capacities increased last year, in particular on the renewable side. PV capacities grew by 70 per cent.


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Sector Coupling – How far is Germany?

Windrad
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Sector coupling is on everyone’s lips. The electricity, heating and transport sectors should be jointly optimized and evaluated in the future. However what does it precisely mean? In the following the essential context is explained.


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Update: Trends in electricity price development – EU Energy Outlook 2050

Installed generation capacities in EU-28 (plus NO and CH) by energy sources; Source: Energy Brainpool,
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Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe with its “EU Energy Outlook 2050”. The European energy system will change dramatically in the upcoming decades. Climate change and an aging powerhouse are forcing the European Union and other countries to readjust their energy policies. What do these developments mean for electricity prices and revenue potential for photovoltaics and wind?


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