Germany it seems, is very serious about getting off of nuclear energy and they have set a date for when the small country of 81 million people will be nuclear energy free. The year is 2022 which in terms of large energy projects, is not that far away. Ironically if they wanted to add another nuclear generator it would take at least this long to organize, fund,build and commission.
In order to make this commitment to itself, Germany must explore all forms of alternative energy and we must point out that their choice not to add fossil fuel generators to compensate for nuclear is admirable. They are systematically expanding the implementation of solar, on and offshore wind energy and bio-fuel as part of their plan to hit this goal.
Recently they commissioned the countries largest offshore wind project, just 100 miles off the island of Borkum in the North Sea with 80 wind turbines. The project is large enough to provide clean electricity to power up to 400,000 households.
The energy provider suggests that without large offshore wind projects like this one, Germany will not be able to be nuclear free.
I believe we will seem many more of these projects in the coming years.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.