Renewables power in German public supply tops 40% in 2018

Renewables electricity generation in Germany 2002-2018 (www.ise.fraunhofer.de).

January 8 (Renewables Now) - Renewables were responsible for 40.4% of Germany’s net electricity production on the public grid last year and ranked as the second largest power generation source, a new report shows.

According to analysis compiled by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany’s renewable power plants had a combined output of about 219 TWh in 2018, or 4.3% more than in the previous year. Generation from coal and gas, meanwhile, dropped, as did hydropower due to the extremely dry summer season.

From April through August 2018, solar power generation per month exceed that of hard coal power plants.

The table shows where public power supply in Germany came from in the past year.

Output in TWh 2018 2017
RENEWABLES combined 219 210
Onshore wind 87.4 85.4
Offshore wind 18.8 17.4
Solar 45.7 39.3
Biomass 44.8 44.8
Hydropower 17 20
Nuclear 72.1 72.2
Natural gas 40 49.1
Hard coal 75.7 81.7
Brown coal 131.3 134

In terms of exports and imports, the country had an export surplus of 45.6 TWh, decreasing from 52.5 TWh in 2017, and sold 19.2 TWh of the total to the Netherlands. Power imports came from France and amounted to 8.3 TWh.

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