Ms Karin Kortman, Germany

Chennai, April 30 E.ON Energy Ltd and Baard Energy from Niedersachsen State in Germany are exploring possibilities to set up offshore renewable energy projects in India, the Minister for Economics, Labour and Transport of Niedersachsen, Germany, Mr Phillipp Rosler, has said.

Visiting German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heidemaire Wiegoreak Zeul said here on Friday that her country would extend all possible help to Pakistan achieve its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and combat confronting energy crisis.

Pakistan and Germany on Friday discussed the possibilities of funding eight ongoing and new hydropower projects worth billions of dollars, official sources told Business Recorder on Friday. These projects came under consideration at a meeting between visiting German Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development Heidemaire Wiegoreak Zeul and Prime Ministers Advisor on Finance Shaukat Tarin.

Power crisis is likely to ease in Chittagong with two rental and one state-run power plants expecting to generate 227 megawatt more power by April next year.

Of the three plants, a 22-MW rental power plant at Barabkunda in Sitakunda will go into operation by this month.

There are certain technology challenges which have waited in vain over several decades for a satisfactory solution. The economical storage of electricity is one of them. But intensive work in the meantime is driving advances along various avenues.

The international pellet industry published the latest market figures at the European Pellet Conference in Wels, Austria. In spite of the generally depressed state of the economy, the pellet industry remains optimistic and anticipates rapid growth in industrial pellet production.

Airport expansion: A German court rejected an emergency appeal to stop construction work on a new runway and terminal at Frankfurt Airport, close to Kelsterbach Forest. Environmentalists and 13 towns had sued the state of Hesse to halt the expansion project for reasons ranging from nighttime noise to threat to wildlife. The US $5.18 million (

Owners of stock in German biogas companies haven't got much joy out of them. Given the industry's business conditions that's no surprise. Now it's all about how companies can weather the year ahead.

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