What do we want?
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? ... will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:26-30)
Sun and wind provide all the energy we need. We just have to use them.
ORGON is convinced that with the development of low-cost energy-storage units based on lithium technology, it has made a contribution to controlling global warming. With the possibility to store electrical energy, renewable energies, like wind and sun, can be calculated, and with these calculations, the demands to reduce CO2 emissions to 80% of their present levels worldwide can now be achieved. Renewable energies can now, like fossil fuels, be moved around the world and transported from those places where they are produced (under the best conditions) to the areas where they are needed. In addition, humankind’s desire to be mobile will, through electric vehicles, be made possible without polluting the environment.
- To place energy storage units with the capacity of ~10 MW in all public utility companies, and to charge the units through photovoltaic-, wind power- and biogas plants.
- To install Photovoltaic units on roofs of large businesses and residential houses.
- To connect existing and new wind power- and biogas plants in the surrounding areas of individual cities.
- To provide, through the energy storage units, an uninterrupted energy supply to the entire area in the case of a power outage. In addition, they assume the high costs incurred by the industry during production start up at peak times.
- To replace all emergency power generators in hospitals, and so on, with energy storage units.
- To use the energy storage units to supply energy to charging stations in urban areas for hybrid- and electrical vehicles - charging time is less than 12 minutes.
- To store generated energy from energy producers with low charging times.
- To produce electric engines for all means of transportation, for example trucks and ships.
By the middle of this century the greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 50% to in order to hold the global temperature increase to a tolerable level. The Kyoto Protocol is the first important step.
During the German European Union Council Presidency in 2007, all member states agreed to reduce harmful emissions by 20% by 2020. The EU wants to save 30 % in case more industrial countries choose to set this goal. Then Germany would be prepared to reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further.
Trading greenhouse gas emissions gas plays an important role in protecting the climate. The German Presidency decided to continue the European trading of emissions beyond 2012.
Even the program to refurbish buildings with CO2- is one of the main cornerstones of the national climate protection policy of the German Federal Government. It especially affects the building sector and was started in 2001 as a part of the national climate protection program.
The German Federal Government explicitly set “Energy Efficiency” and “Renewable Energy” as the two main points of its Energy Research Initiative in its 5th Energy Research Program. The reasons for the focus on these points are that the sustainable renewable energies still play a low part in primary energy production, and that the emission of the greenhouse-relevant trace gases (CO2, CH4 et al.) are too high.
The funds provided for energy research are concentrated on special innovative energy technologies which are important for Germany’s future energy supply, but cannot be considered in commerce in research and development programs because of the high risks.
The target research and development plan fulfils the aforementioned goals of the German Federal Government for a sponsorship, because of the fundamental problems storing electrical energy, which were mentioned in the 5th Energy Research Program, will be worked on:
- On the one hand the increasing cost pressure through trade liberalization is forcing companies to reduce their reserve capacities.
- On the other hand the strong increase of anomalous power generation through wind power requires additional reserve capacities.
The same regulations for the storage of wind power also apply also to the storage of solar power and to the transport sector. "Since the beginning of motorisation of traffic there have constantly been attempts to develop an electrical energy for automobiles. With the exception of a few application niches, no significant progress could be achieved. Nonetheless, the goal of energy research politics remains: to contribute an energy supply to the transportation sector that will be provided on a wide base."