World view on nuclear energy

Tuesday 13th March 2012
http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/39893/?nlid=nldly&nld=2012-03-13. Countries that operate reactors and do not plan to scale back are in red. Nations that responded to the Fukushima accident with plans to scale back or phase out nuclear are green. Countries with no reactors but plan to add nuclear capacity are pink. Thos with no formal plans but have expressed interest in building their first reactors are yellow. Japan is its own colour, black reflects the uncertainty there.

A year on from the Fukushima disaster, the anti-nuclear energy loby should be extensive. But a MIT Technology Review report suggests world wide this has not occured. BRIC demand alone is for some 134 reactors planned (operation 8-10 years) with dozens of other countries being interested to build their first plant.

Sources: World Nuclear Association, International Atomic Energy Agency  Numerate Map made with JvectorMap from (left) Bjorn, by Will Knight and Dave Porter.

Japan reports Technology Review has turned off 52 of 54 reactors. Future nuclear power there is extremely uncertain.(On its source map, you can roll your cursor over a country to see the number of operational reactors, and the number under construction, or planned ie. operational within 8 to 10 years).

Germany shut down seven reactors, planning to decommission its remaining nine by 2022. Italy, Switzerlan, and Mexico have withdrawn from new nuclear plant plans. Belgium's government wants to be nuclear-free by 2025.

The USA, the UK, and France (58 reactors provide around 75% of its electricity) are still generating as they were pre-Fukushima disaster, with modest plans for future construction of additional reactors.

In the BRIC goup, the World Nuclear Association reports China, currently with 15 grid connected treactors is building 26 more with commitment in place to build 51 more. Russia with 33 reactors, and India, with 20, are building a combined 16 more, with 34 more planned. And dozens of countries have expressed interest in building their first nuclear reactor, according to (below) the IAEA



 

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