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SWM Renewable Energies expansion campaign

SWM is aiming to produce enough green electricity at its own plants by 2025 to meet all of Munich’s needs. This would make Munich the first city with a population of over a million to achieve this goal.
SWM launched the Renewable Energies expansion campaign in 2008 and has made a budget of around €9 billion available to attain this objective.

First expansion objective achieved

SWM has already reached its first major climate protection goal. Since May 2015 its plants have fed enough green electricity into the grid to meet the consumption requirements of all Munich households as well as those of the MVG’s electric transport systems. This is a significant milestone on the path towards “100% green electricity for Munich”. When the other projects already initiated have been implemented and are fully operational, SWM will have production capacity of over 3.5 billion kWh in green electricity at its own plants. That already equates to around 50% of Munich’s electricity consumption.

Regenerative energy for Munich

In addition to hydropower, geothermal energy, solar power and biomass, wind energy also plays a key role in SWM’s strategy. It is the most cost-efficient of the renewable energies.

SWM gives priority to projects in Munich and the region. SWM is currently operating 22 photovoltaic plants here and has a stake in another. The portfolio in Munich and the region also includes 13 hydropower plants, a biogas treatment facility, two geothermal plants (one of which is just for heating) and a wind power station. Further solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy plants are being planned.

However, SWM is not able to generate enough renewable electricity here to meet the needs of the million-inhabitant city as regional potential is limited. It is therefore also operating in other parts of Germany and Europe. It is selecting and using the most suitable locations within Europe in terms of energy efficiency and financial viability to construct plants for regenerative energy generation. SWM is harnessing this potential for Munich’s energy future.

SWM green electricity in the ‘euro grid’

Electricity is fed in where it is produced to avoid losses in the lines due to long transport routes. The European integrated power grid is a bit like a huge lake. Everyone who generates electricity feeds it into this lake of power while consumers draw from it.

Every kilowatt hour of regenerative energy produced makes the European lake cleaner. Participation in eco-friendly energy production plants outside of Munich also represents an effective approach as the people of Munich also benefit from their environmental impact.

An in-depth look at some projects:

SWM operates over 100 onshore wind turbines in various parks in Germany. For example, with a 75 percent share, it is the majority owner of a large wind park project with 83 wind turbines in Havelland, Brandenburg. SWM’s share of 236 million kilowatt hours per year corresponds to the annual power consumption of around 95,000 Munich households.

In addition, SWM has onshore wind parks in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhine­land-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and, again, Brandenburg with 25 wind turbines. These generate approximately 100 million kWh of green energy per year, corresponding to the annual consumption of 40,000 Munich households.

SWM owns three wind parks in France. These generate a total of around 64 million kWh of green energy per year, corresponding to the consumption of nearly 26,000 Munich households.

In Sweden, SWM has an onshore wind park some 500 kilometers north of Stockholm, between the cities of Umeå and Sundsvall. It consists of 48 wind turbines with an output of 3 megawatts each. With the total wind park output of 144 MW, SWM will be able to generate a further 400 million kWh or so of green energy. This is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 160,000 Munich households. The wind park is fully operational since September 2015.

SWM is continuously enlarging its onshore wind-energy portfolio through its 33 percent share in wpd europe. To this end, the joint venture is currently active in 11 European countries with projects in various stages of development. Wind parks have already been realized in Poland, Croatia, Belgium, France and Finland for example. The joint venture employs 150 experts who plan, build and operate wind parks at home and abroad.

The DanTysk wind park is being built around 70 kilometers west of the island. It comprises 80 wind turbines with a combined output of 288 megawatts. The park officially came on stream in April 2015. SWM’s share in the project (49 percent) is equivalent to the annual consump­tion of around 250,000 Munich households.

Films on DanTysk

More information:

Website of DanTysk

A sister wind park, Sandbank, will be built 90 kilometers off Sylt. It will comprise 72 wind turbines with a combined output of 288 MW. SWM’s share in the project (49 percent) corresponds to the annual consumption of approximately 250,000 Munich households.

The Global Tech I offshore wind park was built 180 kilometers off the coast of Bremerhaven in the North Sea. It comprises 80 turbines with a combined output of 400 megawatts. The park officially came on stream in September 2015. SWM’s share (25 percent) corresponds to the annual consumption of around 140,000 Munich households.

Website of Global Tech I

RWE Innogy, SWM und Siemens built the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind park off the coast of North Wales with an output of 576 megawatts. In total, the park comprises 160 wind turbines. It is fully operational since June 2015 and generates an expected 1.95 billion kWh of energy per year. SWM has a 30 percent share in the joint venture. Its share of around 600 million kWh of clean energy per year is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 240,000 Munich households.
 

Films on Gwynt y Môr

[Andasol_2011_Marcus Schlaf_008] Together with its partners, SWM built the Andasol 3 parabolic trough solar plant in Andalusia. Here, sunlight is focused with mirrors onto an absorber pipe containing synthetic oil. The focused sunlight heats the oil to around 400 degrees Celsius, generating a heat-transfer steam that powers turbine-driven generators to produce electricity. Andasol 3 has an output of 50 megawatts.

The plant began commercial operation in early 2012. SWM’s share in the power generation is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 30,000 Munich households.

The solar park in Rothenburg/Oberlausitz has a power output of 20.5 megawatts. SWM’s share (40 percent) corresponds to the energy consumption of 3,200 Munich households.

The thin-film solar plant in Lauingen on the Danube produces green energy with a rated output of 10 megawatts. SWM’s clean-energy share (49.9 percent) is enough to cover the annual requirement of around 2,000 households.

SWM has built a geothermal district heating plant in Sauerlach. It can produce electricity for 16,000 households and simultaneously provide heat for homes in Sauerlach.

Together with a partner, SWM has constructed a hydroelectric plant, the Prater plant, on the bed of the Isar River in Munich. It generates 10 million kWh of green energy per year, enough to supply 4,000 Munich households.

SWM is also pursuing other new hydroelectric projects in the region. It is currently planning to build a small ecological and fish-friendly moveable hydroelectric plant at the confluence of the Amper and Isar Rivers near Wang.

In addition, SWM is modernizing existing hydroelectric plants on the Isar River to generate more green energy and reduce even more carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Explanations:

  • All calculations are based on an average consumption of 2,500 kWh/year per Munich household.
  • The specified production figures are average and planned values, because solar, wind and water energy sources fluctuate.
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