German Nuclear Exit Absurd: Country's Power Plants Are World Champions
July 6, 2014 • 10:53AM

In 2013 once again German nuclear power plants were able to demonstrate their reliability and productivity in international comparison: In the past year, three blocks in Germany were placed among the 10 best plants worldwide with regard to their power generation quantity. The title of "Nuclear Energy World Champion 2013" also goes to Germany, as already 28 times before since 1980, to the plant Isar 2 with 12,04 billion kwh of gross electricity generation. The plant at Brokdorf is in third place (11.71 billion kwh), directly followed by the nuclear power plant Emsland (11.49 billion kWh) in 4th place. This report is from the German atomic industry's "kernenergie.de" newsletter.

The production results of German nuclear power plants were achieved in a system environment which is increasingly marked by the fluctuating supply of electricity generated by wind and sun. Nuclear power plants not only contributed to the safe supply with "climate-friendly" base load power, but also contributed decisively to the stability of the electricity grid with their high degree of flexibility. Through that, Isar 2 became for the tenth time world champion in 2013, although the plant, with its electricity grid stabilizing operation, did not produce electricity on the calculated seven days of full load operation during the year.

The granting of world championship occurred at the 45th Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology, which took place May 6-8 in Frankfurt am Main. The conference is one of the most prestigious and largest events of its kind in Europe, and represents a leading international knowledge and dialogue forum on nuclear technology.