As I continue last weeks’ path of Germany’ s nuclear phase out, I today will deal with another difficulty the country is now facing.
German Chancellor Merkel admitted the shift from nuclear to renewable energy can only be achieved by making use of fossil fuels for the time in between.
“If we want to exit nuclear energy and enter renewable energy, for the transition time we need fossil power plants, at least 10, more likely 20 gigawatts [of fossil capacity] need to be built in the coming 10 years“, Merkel said in a parliamentary declaration.
This will of course cause short- to mid- term increases in CO2 emissions, but since another governmental goal is also the reduction of CO2 emissions, politicians are facing a major task.
The solution to this problem might be a technology called “Carbon Capture and storage”. To see how this might help, check out the following video: