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  • E.ON is one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. At facilities across Europe, Russia, and North America, our more than 72,000 employees generated approx. EUR132 billion in sales in 2012. In addition, there are businesses in Brazil and Turkey we manage jointly with partners. E.ON’s diversified business consists of renewables, conventional and dezentralized power generation, natural gas, energy trading, retail and distribution. We supply around 26 million customers with energy. With our broad energy mix we own almost 68 GW generation capacity and we are one of the world's leading renewables companies. We have an ambitious objective: to make energy cleaner and better wherever we operate.
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  •  Bio Energy

      • Biomass

      • Biomass
        Organic material made from plants and animals. Typical examples relevant for the energy industry are wood, crops, manure, and some types of garbage. Biomass can be used as a fuel to generate electricity and heat.
        provides a controllable source of renewable energy. Biomass is a bridging technology into new low carbon energy world.

        Further projects are already in planning.

        We are planning to develop projects, including small scale dedicated new builds and the conversion and co firing of existing coal assets.

        In 2008, we have put into operation the largest dedicated biomass plant in Scotland with a total capacity of 44 MW. It not only reliably provides around 70,000 households with electricity, but also enables us to avoid the production of around 140,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in comparison with the emissions from conventional power plants.

        Further we have already started construction of Blackburn Meadows in UK. With a net output of 30 MW it will provide enough energy for around 40,000 homes by converting recycled waste wood into electricity.

        All feed stock for our biomass plants comply with our responsible sourcing policy.
      • Bio Natural Gas

      • Besides creating energy from biomass, biogas plays an important part in the use of Renewables. The option of using biogas not only locally, i.e. near the generating units, but also processing it to bio natural gas and feeding it into the natural gas pipeline system presents especially interesting prospects. This opens up brand new possibilities for using biomass efficiently in generating electricity, heat and fuel.

        With our bio natural gas plant in Schwandorf, we can meet the annual demand for heat of nearly 5,000 households.

        All feed stock for our Biomethane plants comply with our strict ethical sourcing policy.
      • Microalgae

      • E.ON Hanse has launched a special research project in Hamburg. They have established a pilot plant that is unique in its kind in Europe, where "CO2 consuming" microalgae are being cultivated in a bid to research their use in climate protection.

        Microalgae are all-rounders when it comes to energy: In combination with sunlight, the algae can consume harmful CO2 and convert it into high energy biomass. This biomass can be used in turn to generate energy in the form of electricity, heat, bio natural gas or biodiesel. On top of that, algae grow up to ten times quicker than energy crops like corn or rapeseed and therefore consume more CO2 in a shorter space of time. No agricultural land is required for this approach either, and it does not represent any competition to food growing agriculture.

        In the future, flue gases containing CO2 from conventional power plants could be fed to microalgae, which can then in turn be used to generate energy. E.ON Hanse is backing this forward-looking, climate-friendly form of energy generation and promoting it as part of this project.
    • Schwandorf - Europe's Largest Biomethane Plant

    • In the town of Schwandorf in Upper Palatinate, we've commissioned the largest facility in Europe to process digester gas into biomethane. The production capacity is 10 Megawatts (Gas generation). The biomethane produced at Schwandorf has been being fed into the existing natural gas pipeline since February 2008.

      We believe that in the future, biomethane will be a valuable option for environmentally friendly energy generation. For this reason, we are making concrete plans for expansion in this area by building further biomethane plants.

      New energy through local energy sources
      Through our plans for biomethane plants, we can unlock a local, environmentally friendly energy source. This could, for example, compensate for the declining biomethane extraction for the time being. This is a step in the right direction towards an environmentally friendly and safe means of generating energy in the future.

      The energy and agricultural sectors working hand in hand
      Helping to ensure a reliable supply of biomethane is our role as an energy provider. It's just there that natural gas technology comes into its own. Around 100 farmers in the region deliver the biomass from which the biomethane for use in energy production is produced. For some farmers, the production of energy crops unlocks a completely new source of revenue.

      Biomethane - produced cleanly in Schwandorf
      In Schwandorf, even the fuel requirements of the drawing vehicles (tractors) are planned for. Because in the future, we and our partners will place great value on only using tractors characterized by their low diesel consumption. In this way, both the transport costs for the energy crops and the negative effect on the environment will be kept as low as possible.

      Our raw materials- a plant mixture from local fields
      From an economic, and most importantly from an ecological standpoint, the generation of biomethane makes sense only if energy crops don't have to be transported over great distances to the facility. That's just the reason why in Schwandorf, we exclusively use energy crops that grow on the surrounding fields in the local area. Imports from non-EU countries will not even be considered for this facility.

      What's more, Schwandorf is being run using a mixture of plants, not just with corn. A large part of these energy crops is made up of grass and catch crops. Above all, this is because catch crops have the advantage that they do not compete in any way with food crops. They grow in the time between the main crop cycles. Plants such as clover grass, lupine, buckwheat, or wild radish will flourish regardless of when they are sown, even in spring, autumn or winter.

      This type of crop rotation doesn't just ease the competition for field space in food production; rather it also increases the fertility and health of the soil. In comparison to facilities of a similar size, the requirement for arable land is thereby reduced by approximately one third.
        • References

            • Biomass plant Steven's Croft

            • Microalgae plant Hamburg

            • Biogas plant Einbeck