German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel inaugurated a new power station in Unterhaching near Munich on Tuesday, June 6,2009.
The plant, which will supply energy from deep within the earth’s crust, is the first in Germany to use what is known as the Kalina system. The technique, which uses ammonia and water to maximize the levels of power generated, will give the plant an output capacity of 3.36 megawatts. The power station will allow the city of 22,000 to cut carbon dioxide emissions by two-thirds.
Overall Germany is making very little use of geothermal energy at the moment, but the German government has pledged to create a geothermal network capable of generating 280 megawatts of power, 40 times its present capacity, by the year 2020.
Geothermal power station
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