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Monday, March 26, 2012

Germany to undertake a massive experiment if you will

Germany in its quest to rid itself of nuclear power stations is undertaking about the biggest renewable energy project to date by a government. The project is estimated to cost $200 billion Euros or $268 billion American dollars. This figure is a third of Germany's GDP (gross domestic product).

This wind energy that the German is striving to harness would be in the form of offshore wind farms. But this wind farm will only supplement the country's solar farms which have come under scrutiny recently because they have not been producing near as much as their nameplate rating. See it has been quite cloudy over thee in the past 6 mos to a year.

If they plan on replacing 17 nukes, they have their work cut out for them. I am unaware of the typical output of German nukes, but I would think it safe to say that each one accounts for 1k megawatts each. And with wind turbines each only being 25 MW or so, you can see the problem with such plan.

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