A State Full of Energy

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When it comes to using renewable energy, Brandenburg has been the mostsuccessful German federal state so far. The Association for Renewable Energies has awarded Brandenburg its “Leitstern” (Guiding Star) for three times in recognition of the efforts made by the citizens, the energy industry, the various associations and the politicians for the efficient use of energy achieved during the ecological modernisation of the area between the Elbe and the Oder rivers.

Visible examples of this work include trend-setting projects such as the hybrid hydrogen power plant in the Uckermark and the “power-to-gas” station in the Prignitz, where options for storing wind and solar energy are being tested. In the past ten years, the wind generators in Brandenburg have quadrupled their efficiency. Similar results have been achieved with biomass and solar power systems.

Brandenburg is already able to provide half of its residents with energy generated from renewable resources, through which it has become a national and international role model. Thanks to this development, more and more foreign visitors are coming here to find out more about Brandenburg as an energy region.

The future of renewable energy can be found in Brandenburg. The fossil fuels still being used here represent a provisional solution until wind and solar power have become a reliable source of energy 24 hours a day. Brandenburg’s ambitious goals to expand the use of renewables represent a vital contribution to climate protection in the fight against global warming. Numerous research facilities based in the state have devoted their efforts to consistently supporting the use of renewable energy by focusing on energy resources, power plant technology and electrical grids. These facilities work closely together with companies from the energy sector in Brandenburg. This also applies to the “Cluster Energietechnik” (Energy Technology Cluster) association, which has been established by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. Almost 50,000 people work in the energy technology sector – and the number is rising.