As a result of the nuclear accident in Fukushima and the consequent decision of the German government to phase out nuclear power, there has been a considerable change in the basic conditions regarding the speed of the changeover as far as the integration of renewal energy into Germany’s electricity supply system is concerned. Across the entire supply chain – from energy generation to its transport and storage right up to its consumption – there are many and varied challenges for which solutions not only have be developed but also have to be financed and implemented within a very short span of time.
The basis for a comprehensive overview over the future role of the construction industry with regard to the turnaround in energy policy is a clear assessment of current policy and implementation. Under the headings electricity generation, distribution and storage, this lecture described the enormous amount of work needed in the area of energy infrastructure and the position of HOCHTIEF in this strategic field.
It was shown that a significant acceleration in implementation is necessary if the change is to take place in line with the current social consensus and is to succeed. The energy turnaround signifies not only great economic and ecological opportunities for Germany but also a considerable growth factor for the domestic market and promises great opportunities for the export industry.
Dr. Christof Gipperich obtained his doctorate at the Ruhr University of Bochum at the faculty of construction process engineering, tunnel construction and construction management. He has been with HOCHIEF, Essen since 1996. He took over the management of the civil engineering and tunnelling division in 2011.