Raw materials and energy sources

Energy sources, yesterday, today and tomorrow

Lignite, coal, gas, uranium, water and biomass – these are the raw materials from which we have generated energy in the past. Naturally, the use of the fossil fuels coal and gas has a long tradition at RWE. Hydropower also plays an important role for us. The exit from nuclear energy on the other hand was decided quite a while ago now. Our nuclear power plant Lingen goes offline at the end of 2022, signalling the end of our nuclear power activities.

Renewable energy sources are our future

Wind and sun are the answer to the question of how we will shape the future of energy. One thing is clear: climate protection and the energy transition can only be successful if security of supply can continue to be guaranteed. This is the reason why conventional energy sources always exist in parallel to innovative storage technologies in the generation mix. In addition to a large, international portfolio of wind and solar plants, the new RWE will focus on storage units, biomass and gas-fired power plants that are primarily run on “green” gas and which balance out the fluctuating generation from the wind and the sun.

Biomass replacing coal

When deploying biomass we use pellets made from compressed wood, which we burn in our Dutch power plants in Amer and Eemshaven. Biomass is scheduled to gradually replace coal there over time. All of our raw materials have their advantages, such as the relatively low-cost native lignite, or CO2-free nuclear power. However, fossil fuels in particular do have disadvantages. It is impossible to extract and use them without impacting the environment. For that reason, protecting the climate is a matter close to our hearts. We don’t just want to do well in that regard – we want to do better! 

New technologies to protect the climate

Particularly in terms of conventional power generation, this is a task on a truly Herculean scale. But it is one we are happy to rise to, for example by optimising and modernising our fleet of power plants on an ongoing basis. To do this, we draw on innovative concepts, such as the new, highly efficient BoAplus plant, which we were able to construct to the official efficiency specifications. We also draw on promising technologies that enable us to reduce the emissions of damaging greenhouse gases to a minimum.

 

Biomass replacing coal

The use of biomass is relatively new to our portfolio. Here, we use pellets made from compressed wood from sustainable sources, which we burn in our Dutch power plants in Amer and Eemshaven. Biomass is scheduled to gradually replace coal there over time.   

All of our raw materials have their advantages, such as the relatively low-cost native lignite, or CO2-free nuclear power. However, fossil fuels in particular do have disadvantages. It is impossible to extract and use them without impacting the environment. 

For that reason, protecting the climate is a matter close to our hearts. We don’t just want to do well in that regard – we want to do better! 

New technologies to protect the climate

Particularly in terms of conventional power generation, this is a task of truly Herculean proportion. But it is one we are happy to face, for example by optimising and modernising our fleet of power plants on an ongoing basis. 

To do this, we draw on innovative concepts, such as the new, highly efficient BoAplus plant, which we were able to construct to the stated efficiency specifications. We also draw on promising technologies that enable us to reduce the emissions of damaging greenhouse gases to a minimum. 

Habitats for humans and animals

This also involves the recultivation of former mines, which creates new habitats for flora and fauna and local recreation areas for residents in the area.

And these are just a few examples of many. They all represent the fact that, for us, “POWERING. RELIABLE. FUTURE” is also a matter for the climate and the environment. 

 

Coal

A fuel with a long tradition.

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Lignite

Local and just as valuable as ever.

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Nuclear

Phasing out an energy source.

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Sonne

Finding the best locations is the first step on the road to success.

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Wind

Wind is a powerful source of climate-friendly energy.

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Further links*

Further information on innogy products, projects and technologies can be found here:

Renewable Energies
Projects and technologies Offshore
Projects and technologies Onshore
Projects and technologies Photovoltaics
Projects and technologies Hydropower
Projects and technologies Biomass
Projects and technologies Biogas

 

* The linked contents refer to the innogy renewables business, which is planned to be integrated into the RWE target structure as part of the exchange of assets and businesses agreed between RWE and E.ON.

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