Future for nuclear power in Germany: Federal government prepares plan

Future for nuclear power in Germany: Federal government prepares plan

Et is supposed to be an event with a signal effect, as the list of prominent participants shows. Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) is there, as is Siegfried Russwurm, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). In addition, top-class company representatives such as Peter Leibinger, Head of Technology at the Swabian laser manufacturer Trumpf, and Vinod Philip, CEO of the Dax group Siemens Energy.

Marcus Theurer

Editor in the economy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

The topic that the minister and the managers want to discuss at their meeting in Berlin on Monday seemed to have already been ticked off in Germany: nuclear power as a safe and climate-friendly source of energy. However, the symposium at the BDI headquarters, jointly organized by the research ministry and industry, should not be about conventional nuclear power plants. As is well known, the last of this type was switched off in Germany in April.

Rather, the subject of the talks in Berlin are fusion power plants, the eternal hope of nuclear proponents. “Nuclear fusion has the potential to revolutionize our energy supply,” says Research Minister Stark-Watzinger in an interview with the FAS. She wants to make Germany a leading nation in nuclear fusion technology.

“Important contribution to energy supply”

In Germany, too, fusion power plants could “make an important contribution to secure, affordable and climate-neutral energy supply,” hopes the minister. Support for the plans comes from business. Germany as an industrial location urgently needs other clean and reliable energy sources in addition to renewables, says BDI boss Russwurm. The industry wants to help “that fusion becomes a reality as part of a future electricity mix.” The physical principle of nuclear fusion sounds impressive. Atoms are fused, releasing large amounts of energy. This process is also the main source of energy from the sun.

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