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The 1986 Chernobyl accident: crises and their impact on the development of renewables

Muenster - The Chernobyl reactor accident 25 years ago provided significant impetus for the development of renewable energy technologies around the globe. However, this process did not start in the immediate aftermath of the nuclear accident in the Ukraine but took some time to gain momentum, reported the IWR, a renewable energy institute, from Münster, Germany. \"In 1986 a lack of viable alternatives made it impossible to phase out nuclear energy with immediate effect. Today the situation is different,\" said IWR Director Dr. Norbert Allnoch on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.

In Germany, the Chernobyl accident prompted the implementation of a raft of political measures at the end of the 1980s and start of the 1990s to streamline development of renewable energy technologies. Along with the 250 MW-Wind programme and the 1,000-Roof Solar Energy programme, the real impetus for the still-ongoing development of renewables was provided by the Electricity Feed-In Law which came into force on 01.01.1991 (the precursor of the Renewable Energy Law). The small-scale wind turbines installed in the 30-150 kilowatt range have since developed into modern facilities with installed capacity of 3 to 7 megawatts (MW). Solar costs per installed kilowatt have already fallen by over 90 per cent since 1990.

\"We also only expect the catastrophe in Fukushima to provide fresh impetus for renewables in the medium term, but the political reactions will come,\" is Allnoch’s upbeat assessment for the renewables industry.

Muenster, April 28, 2011

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About Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

In 1996, the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) was established as an independent and private service institution of the renewable energy industry. The IWR focuses on the fields of research, economic and policy consultation as well as media and international networks in the renewable or regenerative energies sector. One main objective of the IWR is to play an instrumental role in introducing and spreading awareness for an industrial, international business profile of the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, Director of the International Economic Platform of Renewable Energies (IWR), 1995, on the definition: "According to our definition, the Renewable Energy Industry is one which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of renewable energy supply (protecting both the climate and resources) and the construction of renewable plants and systems (industry policy for the three areas electricity, heat and fuel."Chronology of the Renewable Energy Industry - Important IWR contributions, including prizes and awards - 2007 Publication of the first structural analysis for a federal state according to the IWR-analysis method for renewable systems engineering and services�(study "Zur Lage der regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW" )2007 International network-contacts:IWR-director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and �slaug Haga, norwegian minister of energy Presentation of the network / RENIXX in the USA, dialogue with McGinty, environment minister of Pennsylvania2006 IWR starts renewable stock index RENIXX� (

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