German government expects increased biopower development

By Staff | November 20, 2012

The German Federal Environmental Ministry has released an environmental technology atlas produced by Roland Gerger Strategy Consultants that projects the total share of environmental technologies in Germany’s gross domestic product will increase from 11 percent in 2011 to more than 20 percent by 2025. The report, titled “GreenTech made in Germany 3.0,” is the third such atlas produced by the consulting organization for the German government.

According to the report, renewable energy, in general, is expected to increase by more than €151.2 billion ($195.61 billion) by 2025, an 8 percent annual increase. Biogas plants are of particular importance to the German bioenergy sector. According to the report, 3,700 biogas plants were in operation in Germany in 2007, with a combined output of 1,270 MW. By 2010, the number of biogas plants had increased to 5,900 with a total output of 2,300 MW.

In 2010, biomass was used to produce 33.5 billion kilowatt hours of power, a 10 percent increase over the prior year. In addition, biomass accounted for 92 percent of heat produced from renewable resources, providing approximately 127 billion kWh of thermal energy in 2010.