The 19 German nuclear power plants currently in operation achieved record results in power generation in 2000. They delivered a total of 169.7 billion kWh (kilowatt-hours), once again equalling the very good figure achieved in the preceding year (1999: 169.7 billion kWh) and demonstrating the profitability of German nuclear power plants in the liberalised electricity market.
Since 1988, nuclear power has been meeting a third or more of Germany`s power requirements, and about 10 percent of Germany`s total energy needs. This can be seen from the nuclear energy out-turn figures for 2000 published in Berlin today (17th January 2001).
Nuclear energy enabled the emission of about 170 million tons of carbon dioxide to be avoided in 2000. This is comparable with the total quantity of annual emissions from road traffic in Germany. From the time when nuclear energy started to be used in Germany, in 1961, up to now, a total of 3.1 trillion (or to be precise: 3,111 billion) kWh of electricity have been generated from uranium and plutonium, and that has saved the atmosphere from having to absorb about 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
In the opinion to the German Atomic Forum, these figures show that atomic power still represents an indispensable and environmentally friendly contribution to power supply in Germany.
According to the annual figures submitted by the German Atomic Forum, nuclear power plants once again operated safely and reliably last year. The reactors were available for power generation for an average of 7,995 hours (out of 8,784 in the whole year), which means 91 percent availability. Taking into account the time inevitably needed for replacing the fuel elements and for servicing and maintenance, the plants were out of action for non-scheduled reasons for less than 1 percent of total time - an outstandingly good figure in world-wide comparisons.
2000 Operating Results of Nuclear Power Plants
DEUTSCHES ATOMFORUM E.V.