On April 26, 1986, the most famous accident in the power plant’s history occurred in unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This is now exactly 32 years ago, just over a half-life of the cesium isotope Cs-137, which leaked out in large quantities. At the same time, some countries in this world are planning to build new nuclear power plants. It is often claimed that they are more efficient and therefore preferred by poorer countries in particular, even though this would cause immense problems in the long term. But even this assumption is wrong. Of course, the switch to electric vehicles with high-voltage drives, which are charged by the company’s own photovoltaic system on the roof of the house, cannot be implemented directly everywhere from one day to the next. Cost-benefit calculation of nuclear power plants is significantly worse than that of renewable energies such as wind power and photovoltaics, even with the same security of supply, as a study by the Berlin-based analysis institute Energy Brainpool recently confirmed.
Certainly not every location is equally suitable for a wind farm or a solar field full of PV systems, but especially as Europe grows together, cooperation in the development of photovoltaics, wind power and, above all, an adequate power grid for supply and further distribution is required here.
Conclusion: Renewable energies like photovoltaic and wind power are more cost efficient than nuclear power, but need a good network to supply smaller countries with less wind and sun well.