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Published on March 18th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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7 New Germany Renewable Energy Charts

March 18th, 2013 by  

Professor Dr. Bruno Burger of the Fraunhofer Institute on March 11 released a report on renewable energy data for Germany up through the end of February. The whole report is an interesting read, but I’m pulling out some of the most interesting charts and graphs if you’d just like a snapshot.

1. As I think we reported previously, solar power capacity has passed up wind power capacity in Germany. Here are the totals as of February 1, 2013:

installed solar wind power germany

2. However, being winter time, a lot more electricity is being produced from wind turbines than solar panels at the moment:

germany solar wind power production

3. Despite what you might have heard from Fossil Nukes, Germany is still a big net exporter of electricity:

germany electricity exports

4. As we can see from Germany’s weekly solar power production chart, spring is coming close:

weekly solar power production germany

5. Here’s a weekly power production chart for wind power:

weekly wind power production germant

6. And here’s a combined chart:

weekly solar wind germany power production7. Lastly, here’s a full split across the power sector:

energy split germany 2013

Again, check out the full Fraunhofer report for more charts and such.

Related stories on Important Media:

  1. Germany — 26% of Electricity from Renewable Energy in 1st Half of 2012
  2. Original Video: Renewable Energy in Germany 2012
  3. Germany Installed Record Amount of Solar Power in 2012, 7.6 GW of New Capacity
  4. New German Wind Energy Capacity Increases in 2012 by 20%
  5. April 1st in Germany — Happy Birthday, Renewable Energy Sources Act!
  6. Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 2 (Including 19 Charts & Graphs)
  7. German Solar Installations Priced at $2.24 per Watt (US Solar at $4.44 per Watt)


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  • Bill_Woods

    “Germany is still a big net exporter of electricity:”
    For at least the last several years, winter has been Germany’s season for net power exports. I’m not clear why, since it’s also the season with the highest domestic demand.

  • anderlan

    What is the Diurnal Courses graph? A graph of the average of the 24 hour demand of all the days of the month?

    • i think so. i looked it up and didn’t really find anything. but that’s what the graph seems to show.

      • Hans, keeping you sharp

        What I really don’t understand:

        * You are not quit sure what a graph means, nevertheless you publish it.

        * The presentation you link to has an email adress in it, yet you don’t write a three-line email to the author of the presentation to ask about the graph you don’t understand.

        • it’s clear that it’s for the months of January and February, and that it’s a split of electricity sources. that’s all i needed. i found the meaning of diurnal and had a good guess of what *exactly* it stood for (which also matched simple observation of the graph). didn’t feel any need to email the creators for more details. 😉

    • Ross

      It does look like it is really daily mean. Diurnal course is a synonym for the light part of every 24 hours.

      • Hans

        The pattern is a typical diurnal pattern for Germany. A midday peak and a evening peak in demand. So it is safe to assume it is the average diurnal pattern for that month.

        • ThomasGerke

          It should say “averaged diurnal curve”. (compared it to the German language / original publication)

          • Hans

            That is what i said, or at least meant. English being wery hardy lankuage vor stoopied voreigner.

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