The German Nuclear Phase-Out Plan and its Impact


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Germany announced on 30 May 2011 that it will shut down all of its 17 nuclear power stations by 2022 (8 of them immediately, the others step by step), which makes Germany become the first developed country in the world that totally give up the nuclear power and fulfill the change of energy structure after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. The paper analyses the political, economic, social and technical aspects of this decision and its consequences for Germany and its possible impact worldwide.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 347-353)

Edited by:

Weiguo Pan, Jianxing Ren and Yongguang Li




Y. L. Zhang et al., "The German Nuclear Phase-Out Plan and its Impact", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 347-353, pp. 1621-1626, 2012

Online since:

October 2011




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