German Partners Meeting in Oldenburg

On Thursday, 23 September 2010 the German project partners (Jade Hochschule, Landkreis Osterholz, Reon AG, IRO GmbH) met in Oldenburg hosted by the Jade Hochschule. During this meeting, the partners were informed about the project status in the whole project as well as in the activities, the partners are involved in.

Jürgen Knies (Jade Hochschule) presented his approach to use GIS systems to evaluate and to visualise impacts from wind power plants - before they are erected. Furthermore he demonstrated together with Mike Böge (IRO GmbH) a concept to test the potential for using heat from waste water by heat exchangers to deploy this heat for heating buildings as schools, hospitals, pools and others more.

German Partners Meeting in Oldenburg

Andreas Voigt (Jade Hochschule) described the results from the investigations he and his team have made in the municipality of Grasberg (Germany) to analyse the potential for the use of solar power plants. His analysis was made by using actual aerial pictures from the municipality. As result he showed, that under certain circumstances the municipality of Grasberg, located in Northern Germany, is theoretically able to cover the need for electrical energy for private households based on PV-Plants. Under the condition, that 40% of the optimal applicable roofs and 25% of the limited applicable roofs are used for erecting PV-plants, Grasberg is in the position to produce more electrical energy for private households then is consumed in the municipality, so that energy can be exported to other regions. Details of the study can be looked at under www.solarinitiative.energiewende-osterholz.de. Based on the German EnergieEinspeiseGesetz (EEG), which guarantees a fixed compensation for the energy, that is delivered from the plant owner to the energy company, it is possible to generate fresh money in Grasberg with a volume of > 2.500.000,- EUR/year over a period of 20 years. With these results it can be shown, that goals of the North Sea SEP project can clearly be reached - the raise of additional local/regional income and the generation of a high level of autonomy regarding energy supply. Next project for this team in the North Sea SEP context will be the analysis for the municipality Tynaarlo (Netherlands).

The above described analysis for the potential of solar energy in Grasberg is one of the pilot projects, which are performed in the County of Osterholz, one of the German project partners. The status of these pilots were presented by Ulrich Müller, project coordinator in the County of Osterholz together with Lars van den Hoogen and Ole Schirrmeister (both from Reon AG). The County of Osterholz has set up a campaign to be independent from external energy supply by the year 2030. More details are available under www.energiewende-osterholz.de. With the activities in the North Sea SEP project and the transnational exchange of know how during the project Osterholz sets the basis to reach this ambitious goal.