As part of the climate and weather, wind is always blowing somewhere. It can be harnessed for energy.
The force of the wind can be transformed into electricity, providing a reliable source of renewable energy - when the sun isn't shining. But development of wind power faces many challenges, least among them the size of required infrastructure.
Germany's moves to renewable energy have received a major boost. Solar, water and wind power plants generated more electricity last year than ever before — growing a whopping 20 percent over the previous year to around 154 billion kilowatthours of electricity.
France has launched its first offshore turbine to curb reliance on nuclear and reach climate goals — France could become Europe's second-largest wind energy producer after Germany. But the transition brings problems.
While Germany struggles to reach its emission goals, coal continues to generate around 40% of the country’s electricity. Instagramer @thomas_k explores his home country's biggest climate sin, and examines some solutions.
Energy production and use account for about two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. And carbon dioxide makes up the majority of those emissions. That means energy is a major driver of global warming. So how can we drastically cut these emissions and at the same meet the world's growing energy demands? Luckily, there are plenty of options.
France is getting into offshore wind energy with the recent launch of a cutting-edge pilot project: one of the few floating wind turbines existing in the world. Studies suggest France is set to become Europe's second biggest wind energy producer, after Germany. Local and national authorities are helping to power that transition and slash nuclear power's overwhelming dominance in the energy mix.
Invenergy has filed lawsuits against Polish energy giant Tauron for $325 million. The case is a test not only for Poland's relationship with foreign investors but also Trump's 'America First' stance as he visits Warsaw.
Dutch trains now run on renewable energy. The national railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) set out to have all of its electric trains running on wind-generated electricity by 2018, but the goal was met one year earlier. And the train company’s CEO had a unique way of sharing the news. DW talks to NS spokesperson Ton Boon.