Renewable energies


The then German Ministry of ­Research resolves to build a 100-metre-high large wind power plant (Growian) in north Germany. However, the first experiment with wind power fails and ­Growian is torn down in 1988.
Wulf Pfeiffer/dpa


At Kaiser Wilhelm Koog on the west coast of Schleswig - Holstein, the first German windfarm goes turnkey. Since then, 32 wind ­turbines have been transforming North Sea wind into electrical power.
Carsten Rehder/dpa


The Electricity Feed-In Act regulates the obligation for power utilities to purchase electrical ­energy from regenerative transformation processes and sets fixed tariffs for the remuneration thereof.
Nestor Bachmann/dpa


The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) comes into force. Among other things, it lays the ­legal basis for prioritising ­renewable sources when feeding electricity into the national grid.
Nestor Bachmann/dpa


After the nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima the German Federal cabinet adopts parameters for energy policy: the exit from nuclear power is to be achieved step by step by 2022 and energy supplies placed on an eco-friendly footing.
Armin Weigel


The German auto industry is increasingly investing in e-mobility. Some 40 billion euros will go into R&D by 2020. The number of electric models will treble from 30 to 100 over the same period.
Norbert Schmidt/dpa