Lignite remains a reliable partner to this day. Around one quarter of Germany’s electricity requirements are covered by its combustion in increasingly efficient and flexible power plants. 12 % is provided by the seams in the lignite triangle of Aachen, Cologne and Mönchengladbach alone. This is the largest cohesive lignite seam in Europe, and RWE Power extracts million tonnes of coal every year (approx. 65 million tonnes, as of April 2022).
Found close to the surface, the fuel is dug out of the Garzweiler, Hambach and Inden mines by enormous diggers, including the largest of its kind in the world, which once played starring role in a TV documentary by the Disney Channel. Our power plants in the coalfields generate around 50 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from the lignite.