Flexible Fossils A New Role for Coal in German Energy Revolution

One of the biggest challenges of Germany's ambitious energy revolution is the fact that renewables such as wind and solar are subject to large fluctuations in output. Coal has long been considered their dirty alternative, but a new generation of power plants may herald a glowing future for the fossil fuel.
RWE's coal-fired power plant in Niederaussem could pave the way for the energy mix of the future.

RWE's coal-fired power plant in Niederaussem could pave the way for the energy mix of the future.

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