From a current point of view, nuclear fusion, renewable energies and
burning coal with separation of CO2 are the only acceptable long-term electricity generation solutions in Germany. This is what emerges from the study “Electric power supply 2020 - Perspectives and needs” published recently by the energy company (ETG
- Energietechnischen Gesellschaft).
The study analyzes in particular the alternatives allowing food in
energy in the next 15 years: by 2020, obsolete power plants with a cumulative power of 40 gigawatts as well as nuclear power plants with a total power of 20 gigawatts will have to be replaced throughout Germany.
The ETG study uses three different calculation models to analyze how the differently weighted use of renewable energy, fossil fuel and nuclear energy affects climate protection and investment needs
now until 2020.
The vision until 2020 does not however give a definitive perspective: the carriers of fossil energy gas and oil for example will be in accordance with all forecasts exhausted or unprofitable economically in a few generations; they must therefore be replaced by other sources of energy.
Only coal would have a sufficiently long life, the availability of nuclear fuel uranium is also limited.
According to the study, there are therefore only three primary sources of energy to be taken into account for the future: "From the current point of view, only an energy mix consists of the three pillars of renewable energies, coal (with elimination of CO2) and nuclear fusion, is
possible for long-term electricity production ”.
The full study and a summary report are available at: http://www.vde.com.
- Max Planck Institut fur Plasmaphysik (Garching), Tel: +49 89 3299 1288,
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Sources: Depeche IDW, IPP press release, 22/03/2005
Editor: Nicolas Condette, email@example.com