Germany Water Power Considerations

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Published May 13, 2013

By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice

The power of water is under consideration in Germany as alternative solution to energy development. With any water solutions the environment and conservation are always the first straws to draw upon. The consideration of sound water practices are key as the world seeks viable energy solutions to integrate after oil and gas and renewables.  The avenues of water are fairly untapped as hydropower peaks and valleys.  The importance of the water-energy nexus is vital to sustainability. The relevant conversation among all energy concerns is to question “Does water power hurt the environment?

DW reported “Water power was the engine of industrialization and Germany’s most important source of energy at the beginning of the last century: there were more than 100,000 hydro-electric power plants back then. Today, only around 7,500 of those are left and they deliver roughly three percent of German power.”

The degradation of plants is global concern eroding the condition of the infrastructure. The condition of plants will force nations to make deliberate decisions to find alternatives as the cost of retrofit or new construction will push the debt load of each nation. Each construction will call for LEED or green process improvements that will produce long-term savings and yet, in a retrofit situation possible cost overruns.  Green is best suited for new construction implementation and processes inclusive of technology and environmental integration.

“Experts estimate that the share of water power could rise up to 50 percent if roughly 20,000 older and smaller hydro-electric power plants were put into operation again.  European Union water directive stipulates that by 2015, all creeks and rivers must be made passable for all creatures. Part of this measure also covers the restoration of flooding areas and riparian forests adjacent to bodies of water, which are important spawning areas.”

“Proponents of hydro-electric power plants admit that wind and solar power will remain Germany’s most important and cheapest forms of renewable energy in the future.”

The cost of a cheaper present against a certain cheaper long-term future is based on current energy placed into service. The role of Big Data and Business Intelligence is considering how to shape today against the risk and cost for a sustainable future. The tactical hard decisions are inclusive of a political, social and wealth construct that become a nexuses of its own. Do we win more today and loose big tomorrow? The importance of defining data and gaining intelligence is to construct new models to build and develop sustainable scenarios  to optimize resources, energy and wealth for sustainability that further reduces economic disparity.

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