The Most Beautiful Nuclear Power Plants in Europe examines power stations in the landscape from an aesthetic point of view. The contrast between the beautiful sceneries and the pompous absurdity of the power plant architecture rising from the landscape creates both visible tension and industrial romanticism within the photographs. Due to the risks, the power plants are not built in direct contact with large centres of population. However, in densely populated Europe this means that the stations are located on inhabited and farmed rural areas, in scenic and idyllic places by a river or on the coastline, often surrounded by a natural park or a nature reserve. The prevention of climate change forces us to search for new ways of producing energy with as little carbon dioxide emissions as possible. In Finland the third reactor of Olkiluoto nuclear power plant has been under construction since 2005 and now there are intentions of constructing another new station. Germany, for instance, has decided to end the use of nuclear power by the year 2022, and Spain and Italy have discontinued construction of several plants due to political and environmental controversy. As other countries seem to abandon the atomic era, Finland, France and Slovakia are currently the only European countries to construct more nuclear power.
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