The dream of safe, eco-friendly, green energy has seen Germany launch the world’s first hybrid power plant. Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the cornerstone of the plant at Prenzlau in Brandenburg. The revolutionary design combines three renewable sources – wind power, biogas, and hydrogen which will be used to store energy in periods of low demand.
Brandenburg state is already home to many modern wind turbines, which harness the steady winds of northeastern Germany. But not everyone is happy. Protesters say the turbines disfigure the landscape, and could harm the vital tourist trade. There are already more than 2,500 windmills in the area, and that number is set to double by 2020. The hybrid plant itself is expected to come on-stream next year.