• Lignite Power from the Lausitz: Two high-voltage lines from the Lausitz to various substations in Berlin

    Two high-voltage lines from the Lausitz to various substations in Berlin Copyright:Florian Rizek CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Lignite Power from the Lausitz: Schwarze Pumpe Power Station is one of the largest lignite-fired power stations in Germany

    Schwarze Pumpe Power Station is one of the largest lignite-fired power stations in Germany Copyright:SPBer CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Lignite Power from the Lausitz

For decades most of Berlin’s electricity was generated using lignite from the Lausitz coal-mining area. The first giant open-cast pits in the region on the border between Brandenburg, Saxony and Poland opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Power stations there and in Berlin turned the lignite into heat and power.

Today only a small proportion of Berlin’s electricity comes directly from the Lausitz region, and open-cast mining there may not continue for more than a few years. But the crater-like pits and huge infrastructure buildings will continue to dominate the landscape. One of the largest and best-known lignite-fired power stations in the Lausitz region is Schwarze Pumpe Power Station.

Energy Route of Industrial Heritage in the Lausitz (German)

Lausitz brown coal district on Wikipedia (German)

Schwarze Pumpe power station on Wikipedia

Information on visiting Schwarze Pumpe power station

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