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The nuclear power plant
Philippsburg 2 is disconnected from the network. The
Meiler was switched off as planned, the energy company said
EnBW with. "The shutdown process was technically as planned and without any special features," said a spokesman. The next year will start
Demolition of the plant. The work is expected to take ten to 15 years.
Some demolition material can be recycled. Highly radioactive scrap must
stored safely for thousands of years.

Environmentalists were relieved. "The end
of the Philippsburg nuclear power plant is a good reason to celebrate, "said the
Chair of the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany
(BUND), Olaf Brandt. But this is only a milestone. "We
call on the federal government, entirely from nuclear energy
to get out. "This also includes the end for those who are still running indefinitely
Lingen fuel element factory and the uranium enrichment plant
Gronau.


View into the control room of Block 2 at the Philippsburg nuclear power plant
© Uli Deck / dpa

Critics of the phase-out refer to the comparison
of the nuclear power plant's better CO2 balance on coal and gas power plants
strong fluctuations in the production of green electricity from wind and
Sun. Depending on the weather, these can handle the need alone
cover or fall out completely. Nuclear and coal electricity out
Importing neighboring countries cannot be an alternative from an environmental point of view.

In the south-west of Sweden Nuclear power station Ring neck for more
than 40 years ago the last turbine of the Ringhals 2 reactor
removed from the network as a spokesman for the
Principal owner Vattenfall confirmed.

Overall, the importance of nuclear energy for the
Electricity generation in Germany decreased significantly.
According to the industry association BDEW, nuclear power plants came
In 2019 it accounted for around twelve percent of energy consumption – 2000
it was 30 percent. The share of renewable energies is in
same period rose from seven to about 40 percent.

The German Atomausstieg is now nearing completion. By the end of 2022
the remaining six nuclear power plants from
E.ON, RWE and EnBW will be shut down.

. (tagsToTranslate) Economy (t) Nuclear phase-out (t) Philippsburg (t) Nuclear phase-out (t) EnBW Engergie Baden-Württemberg (t) Nuclear power plant (t) E.ON

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