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How does an entrepreneur reach the limit?

The Kröner-Strength Company in Ebbenborn

The company produces starch for food and adhesives.

(Photo: Kröner-GmbH)

Brussels, Berlin You can’t tell from the white flakes that Gotze Kroner produces in Ibbenborn how much energy it takes to make it. Kröner produces starch from grains. His company consumes a lot of electricity and has already switched to green electricity. But it also consumes a lot of heat.

Because the starch comes out of the machine dissolved in the water and then must be dried. To this end, Kröner operates his own coal-fired power plant, in which he invested ten million euros twelve years ago. At that time coal was cheap and considered crisis-resistant, and now it is a burden on the balance sheet.

The example shows how political demands can push companies to their limits – not just a few years from now, when EU climate laws come into force, but now. Many companies that produce their own heat face the same questions as Kröner’s strength.

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