How Can Germany Become Self-Sufficient in Renewable Energy?

The smarter E Podcast Episode 69 | November 4, 2021 | Language: German

Can Germany supply itself with renewable energy? How does energy get from the coast to the south? Is the energy transition driving up the cost of power grids? GP JOULE's information offensive eFacts answers these and other questions that many people are asking about the energy transition. The core of the fact sheet: Technologically, a flexible and decentralized energy system is already feasible today. On balance, it's even cheaper than sticking with the old centralized system. For this to succeed, we need to rethink the energy system. I discuss exactly what that looks like now with Ove Petersen, co-founder and CEO of GP Joule.


  • 2.02: 100% green electricity is possible in Germany in the near future. How?
  • 5.30: Why are flexible decentralized grids cheaper than centralized power lines?
  • 8.29: Green hydrogen: Is energy supply cheaper and faster through gas grid conversion?
  • 17.04: Regional value creation explained by the "eFarm" project, Germany's largest sustainable hydrogen mobility project.
  • 22.41: Electricity should remain affordable. Will electricity become more and more expensive in the future?

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About Ove Petersen and GP Joule

Founded in 2009 with the conviction that 100% renewable energy supply is feasible, GP JOULE is now a system provider for integrated energy solutions from solar, wind and biomass, as well as a utility-level partner for electricity, heat, hydrogen as well as electric mobility. As a pioneer in sector coupling, the medium-sized group of companies employs around 290 people in Germany, Europe and North America. GP JOULE is the winner of the 2019 Schleswig-Holstein Business Environmental Award and was named the winner of the German Renewables Award in September 2020.

Ove Petersen (born 1974) is co-founder of GP JOULE and today CEO of the group. In the management team, he is responsible for business development, marketing, sales, human resources development and corporate communications. An agricultural engineer with a degree from Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences, he also runs an agricultural company.

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