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Maybe they'll invest money into fusion reactor research?

There's already a Fusion Reactor out there, but it's a prototype at the moment.
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I´m German and i think it´s a good move.

But the sad thing is it´s just a political move in the 1st place there are many elections this year, thats why they overreact now and will have a 3 month security check.

Only one Reactor is confirmed to be shut down permanent EnBW the Company Operating Nekarwestheim 1 said they will shut it down permanently cause it would be too expensive to upgrade.

Also this only applyes to pre 1980 Reactors Nekarwestheim 1 for exaple has no Powertime left anyway and was shuedled for shutdown.

Germans don´t want Nuclear power anyway we have enough capacity to run without the older plants also only 22% of the need is generated via Nuclear and those 7 plants equal about 4%.

We just compleated one of the 1st offshore windparks last year only problem now is we need more infrastructure, like they said they would lay down more earth based highpower cables now.
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Very wise move. I'm looking more forward to better technology improvements such as fusion energy.
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Originally Posted by Zen00;12741164 
It would be better spent on fusion, as that's basically an advanced hydrogen powered plant.

Not at all. Hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen fusion are completely different.
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There's already a Fusion Reactor out there, but it's a prototype at the moment.

There are a lot of fusion reactors, they're just huge energy sinks for the time being. Right now, it's still a race to figure out how to get them to put out more energy than they need to be sustained. It takes a lot of energy to maintain the strong magnetic fields and heat needed for fusion to take place.
    
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Very wise move. I'm looking more forward to better technology improvements such as fusion energy.

You'll be looking for a long time. Why would anyone invest in something that was at times claimed to make charging for electricity obsolete? Where would the profits come from. Not saying this is the reality. Still if you're a rich person with control of assets in demand; why would you risk increasing supply and lowering profits?

EDIT: And like Aroc91 said they're still not where they should be in production. So that's the other reason not much has been put into them.
     
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Good move, nothing wrong with looking at alternatives and something safer.

Nuclear power is incredibly safe, but pre-1980 plants are far from safe, as are plants that are on fault lines. If you do your research you will find that it is very safe, and is capable of being green (look up nuclear fusion)
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I think people are paranoid and we should have more nuclear reactors to get off the damn oil crutch we're on.

overall they aren't really anymore unsafe than anything else.

I'd be willing to bet there are alot less injury's and fatality's in nuclear energy than there are in coal and oil.
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All the money in the world won't make sustainable Fusion a reality. Its problems run deeper than a lack of funding. Like Einstein's Theory of Relativity, we are forced to wait for a certain genius to be born. One who can crack the Fusion puzzle.
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There's already a Fusion Reactor out there, but it's a prototype at the moment.

Last I saw it only created fusion energy for a fraction of a second. Has there been any progress?
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