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The output of wind turbines peaks in the winter. For example, on December 26th, 2016, wind turbines covered up to 85 % of the electricity demand in Germany.
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At low temperatures, the water in the cooling tower has turned to ice.
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The demands on electricity grids increase in winter. In the north, wind turbines generate a lot of electricity, solar plants in the south rather little. But overland transmission is often controversial. In the grid extension series, the en:former shows alternative solutions.
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In our latitudes, in December and January the sun shines, on average, just over an hour a day. Therefore, solar systems rarely produce energy. Photovoltaic systems in the mountains have some advantages: Solar radiation is more intense and is also reflected by the snow.
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Even with snow the excavator extracts coal. Nuclear and coal-fired power plants cover the the majority of electricity demand in winter.
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Ice floes on the edge of the dam.
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