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March 21, 2016

Germany Will Need 3,000 Wind Turbines To Replace One Nuke Plant

Filed under: CO2,Germany,Nuclear — sunshinehours1 @ 7:52 PM
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Insane: Germany Will Need 3,000 Wind Turbines To Replace This Workhorse Nuke Plant

“Germany’s Grohnde nuclear power plant in Lower Saxony has just become the single most productive power plant in history. It just passed its 350 billion kWh production milestone, the most of any nuclear plant, and the most of any plant of its size in the world.”

“Unfortunately, Grohnde is scheduled to close in 2021, decades ahead of its useful life, like all of Germany’s nuclear plants, and the positive and negative affects of that policy are still being debated.

In 2001, Gerhard Schröder’s government decided to get rid of nuclear power from the country as fast as possible. In 2010, Merkel actually decided to extend the lives of nuclear power plants another ten years beyond Schröder’s limit. But the Fukushima disaster in 2011 forced her politically to revert back to the original plan, closing eight nuclear plants immediately and planning to close the rest in the following 10 years.”

German power companies have been forced to set aside 39 billion Euros for the nuke decommissioning.

And most likely Germany will still be burning huge amounts of brown coal long after the last nuke is shutdown.





  1. Those Wind Turbines should be quite small.
    Germany generated 150TWh from renewables (wind, solar and biomass) in 2015

    One 1000MW nuclear reactor generates 7.5TWh per year, 20 times less

    Comment by Neil — March 22, 2016 @ 5:11 AM | Reply

    • The Forbes article says Grohnde (1400MW) puts out 10 billion kWh a year.

      In 2014 wind generated 51.4 TWh in Germany.

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — March 22, 2016 @ 8:23 AM | Reply

    • “One 1000MW nuclear reactor generates 7.5TWh per year, 20 times less”

      Utter drivel. You really haven’t the first clue, have you?

      And how many real thermal plants are needed to fill in for the bird shredders and bat exploders when the wind doesn’t blow – over 75% of the time?

      Oh, and how’s that rush to get twenty or thirty new lignite-burning coal plants – the dirtiest known variety – on-line to fill in when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?

      Comment by catweazle666 — March 22, 2016 @ 1:28 PM | Reply

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