Breaking the ice in order to deliver coal to power plants – Video

“They have six boats working to break the ice between Mannheim and Heilbronn on the Neckar river,” says reader Robert van DeLeur.

“They must keep the waterways open otherwise the ships supplying COAL to the power plants in Heilbronn and Walheim get stuck.”

Thanks to Robert van DeLeur for this link

10 thoughts on “Breaking the ice in order to deliver coal to power plants – Video”

  1. And how many nuclear power plants have they mothballed recently? 8? 10? Something like that. Germany went from a net power exporter to a net power importer virtually over night.

    • ALL the inherently and MONSTROUSLY dangerous nuclear plants need to be shut down! Before they destroy us all! Spending BILLIONS on building a plant which can only give service for a few years before needing MORE billions in repais and retro-fitting is a FOOL’S FOLLY!!!

      • New pebble bed designs with passive saftey designs built in is virtually full proof. Even the worst disasters in history ie Chernobyl, and Fukushima only resulted in minimal amounts of radiation being released. The area around Chernobyl has less ambiant radiation now than most cities. Only 64 deaths were reported as a direct result of radiation at Chernobyl. There maybe more but the cancer rates of those involved are hardly a statistical blimp above those not involved. Already this year 400+ have died as a result of the cold. Stop the scare tactics. The fools errand is not using the technology we have to keep us safe and warm.

    • Good question.
      With Nukes you refuel every 18 months.
      Between those outages they just sit there and cook, turning out massive amounts of power day and night, wind or no wind.

      • not with the new “liquid fluoride thorium reactor”. they are just to dumb to build them. uranium reactors should be outlawed.

  2. I lived near the Neckar river in the 1970s as a child – in Stuttgart, West Germany when I went to school there. I remember skipping school with the girl downstairs in 1st grade and taking the neighbors dogs to the Neckar river for a walk. Back then the primary power company in Stuttgart was called TWS (Tecknische Werke Stuttgart).

    • Hey kenneth! I lived at Patch Barracks for 3 years from 1974 to 1977, and remember some incredible snows. I spent alot of time in the Alps and recall the villagers speaking ominously of the advancing glaciers. What’s old is new again.

  3. I’ve never seen a coal plant melt down. But then as John pointed out above, nuclear meltdowns are 99% hype, and 1% disaster. Driving a car involves more risk.

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