Renewable Matter # 5 / August

Critical Mineral Resources for Renewable Energies in Germany

by Peter Viebahn

Wuppertal institute conducted a study to assess which materials must be considered critical relating to expected increase of renewable energies in Germany. Problems concerning materials like rare earths and vanadium are related to the dependency on a few provider countries and competitive use.

Contribution to Ecoscienza 6/2014.

 

Challenge

The German Federal Government’s energy concept ascribes renewable energies the role of an “important pillar of future energy supply”. According to its targets, renewable energies are to account for 18% of gross final energy consumption by 2020, rising to 60% by 2050....

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