01.08.2012Geothermal heat is inexhaustible by human standards. In contrast to wind and solar energy, it is independent of the weather and is available around the clock.
01.07.2012According to the German Solar Industry Association (Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft - BSW-Solar), photovoltaic systems produced more than 18 billion kWh of electricity in Germany in 2011. That is 60% more than the previous year.
01.06.2012Over the past three decades the Chinese economy grew an average of 10% per year and 500 million people were lifted out of poverty.
01.05.2012A large proportion of electric power will soon be provided by wind and solar energy. The problem is that the energy output of those sources is subject to major fluctuations.
01.04.2012Electricity is something we take for granted. A touch of a button and on goes the light. However, in actual fact a great deal of effort goes into providing energy.
01.03.2012After 18 years of negotiations, it is possible that August 2012 could be the date when Russia, as the last of the major international economies, accedes to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
01.02.2012Glass and paper have long since been recycled in Germany. But so far hardly anyone has concerned themselves with metals such as iron, copper, aluminium, gold or platinum. That is set to change...
07.01.2012India’s rise in the world economy is being reflected increasingly also in the activities of western companies. Next to China and other emerging markets, India is gaining in importance as a cost-efficient production location and also as an attractive sales market.
01.12.2011Digitalised data and electrical energy speed through the ocean in submarine cables. The world is growing smaller – and requires more and more transmission capacities as a consequence.
Recently opened resource technology institute “Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie” now plans to research the entire value chain for metal ores, from prospecting and mining through to recycling.