German nuclear exit 'would cost up to 2 bn euros'

Apr 15, 2011
An anti-nuclear demonstrator takes part in a protest in the German city of Munich. German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Friday that a switch from nuclear power to alternative forms of energy could cost Europe's top economy up to two billion euros ($2.9 billion) per year.

German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Friday that a switch from nuclear power to alternative forms of energy could cost Europe's top economy up to two billion euros ($2.9 billion) per year.

"It could be one to two billion euros," the minister told German radio, cautioning that a precise figure was "difficult to estimate."

Citing internal government projections, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily earlier reported the costs would be three billion euros annually. "That order of magnitude seems a little high to me," countered Bruederle.

The minister's comments came as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to hold talks with heads of Germany's states to discuss future energy policy in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis.

Merkel has said the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan was a turning point and announced a three-month moratorium on an earlier decision to extend the lifetime of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors.

is highly unpopular in Germany, and hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to demand the reactors be switched off.

The and environment ministries have drawn up a joint plan for the accelerated development of , which focuses notably on .

"One thing is for sure, it's going to cost money," Bruederle said.

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nicknick
not rated yet Apr 15, 2011
Yesterday, I got informed via a comment on an article related to algue based energy generation about the Rossi Energy-Catalyzer (E-Cat) Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction Device. Apparently, it looks that this device will be most probably not a fraud, and solve all our energy problems at least for the first 100 years - as long as we have enough nickel reserves, without creating any significant radioactive waste or radiation. Since the public demonstration of the ECAT in January, a team of Swedish skeptical scientist have become less skeptical about the technology after a recent demonstration. Only by October this year the public will know whether it really works, since the first energy plant using the device will start up in Greece. But maybe the German government has already more insight into this technology, and therefore they are so firm in abolishing the current strongly radioactive nuclear power plants. Maybe ECAT is an utopy, but since I have a daughter, I like to believe in fairy tale
SincerelyTwo
not rated yet Apr 15, 2011
nicknick, I've been reading about it, but it's frustratingly difficult to find much information about it. The website of the company that will supposedly mass produce this doesn't even mention the technology anywhere on the website.

Why is it so needlessly obscured? The business that intends to mass produce for a power plant won't even mention it.

I am not saying it's fraud, it actually is quite convincing, but at the same time I'm just annoyed by the complete lack of marketing and the lack of information generally being made available about it. :|
frajo
not rated yet Apr 15, 2011
Since the public demonstration of the ECAT in January, a team of Swedish skeptical scientist have become less skeptical about the technology after a recent demonstration.
You mean a "team" consisting of _one_ member of the Swedish "Sceptical Scientists" who somehow lost his job as chairman after that demonstration and was titled "a leader without responsibility" on his own association's internet site?
See my comment on physorg.com/news/
2011-04-overturned-scientific-explanation-good-news.html .
nicknick
not rated yet Apr 15, 2011
Thanks Frajo and SincerelyTwo. It is indeed a quite obscure story, but I guess Mr. Rossi has his reasons to do so as he wants to run for big money and is somehow stuck because his patent (already filed in August 2008 see http://www.journa...=201002) does not get granted. It makes sense that he sets up his own website-blog, because some enthusiastic scientist may come up with the right scientific explanation to help his patent being accepted. But after working one and a half year in stealth mode, he has to come out, because he perfected his invention and can't wait forever as somebody else may discover his or another catalyst leading to a similar invention. Yet his tricky past (see http://www.angewa...ssi),his obscure way of acting and the general disbelief in cold fusion, give him still some freedom to move now. If it is a hoax,it is still a perfect story for a movie