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- Offer Profile
- 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.
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
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
- 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
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
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.
Biomass plant Steven's Croft
Microalgae plant Hamburg
Biogas plant Einbeck