A recent poll by the Enmid institute has found that 70 per cent of Germans want to end dependence on nuclear energy in their country. However given current prices, fossil fuels are not seen as a viable alternative. With the price of petrol reaching unprecedented levels, renewable sources of energy are finally receiving consistent backing from major multinational energy companies.

Shell has recently announced plans to build the worlds largest single-connected solar power station at a former military base in Bavaria. Swedish-owned energy group Vattenfall Europe are setting up a 200 million study into the creation of an offshore wind park either in the North or the Baltic Sea.

Wind parks are a burgeoning phenomenon in Germany where already 10 per cent of electricity is generated by renewable energy sources. A government report has predicted that by 2025 wind parks will be generating energy equivalent to 20 nuclear power plants.