Awareness of the opportunities offered by the energy revolution is high in northern Germany. This is due in particular to the great dynamism in the wind energy sector, according to Jörg Dürre, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee. And Hamburg’s business community agrees with him. Almost one in three companies in Hamburg rate the effects of the energy transition on their own competitiveness a positive, according to the Hamburg Energy Turnaround Barometer 2018. This marks the best rating since data collection began in 2012. Around 87 Hamburg companies from the honorary office of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce took part in the current survey, which corresponds to a response rate of 9.5 per cent. Nationwide, 2,170 companies took part in the survey by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
Energy transition – achievable technical goal
The positive view makes Hamburg stand out clearly from the national average, where companies currently see more risks than opportunities in the energy transition due to rising energy costs. However, Dürre believes the energy transition is an achievable technical goal, which makes demands on both politics and business. “The grid, which was originally designed for centrally organized, conventional generation, must be upgraded for small and distributed suppliers. At the same time, companies must adapt their processes to exploit the great opportunities offered by electricity from wind and solar energy.” In places where temporary surpluses of environment-friendly electricity cannot be used in the grid, the electricity, heat and mobility sectors and more flexible production would merge in sector coupling in future. Technical solutions for the use of electricity are already known and are being prepared for large-scale applicability in projects such as NEW 4.0 with the support of the Chamber of Commerce. “The wealth of new energy in northern Germany is a tangible possibility,” Dürre stressed.
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