In 2002, the 19 German nuclear power plants generated a total of 164.8 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. This is just over half of the so-called base-load range in Germany. Ten plants were able to improve on their 2001 production results, some of them quite considerably. In 2002, the Isar 2 NPP was - for the fourth time in a row - top of the grade among the German reactors with regard to electricity production, generating 12.17bn kWh.
The safe and reliable operation of the reactors is also mirrored in their high degree of availability. On average, the nuclear power plants were available for electricity production for 7,503 out of an annual capacity of 8,760 hours. This is 86 % of the whole time. On a liberalised electricity market, nuclear power thus contributes almost one third to the overall electricity supply in Germany. By generating electricity without emitting CO2, it saves the atmosphere an approximate 165 billion tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide each year. This corresponds to the total annual emissions of motor traffic in Germany.
The German Atomic Forum sees the production figures as a confirmation that electricity generation by nuclear power plants will continue to make an important contribution in the existing energy mix to the supply safety of Germany`s industry.
DEUTSCHES ATOMFORUM E.V.