Future Nuclear

Atomic Friends,

It looks like the world is going nuclear 🙂


 
Here are our fun filled Finns, leading the world, again!

Finland’s parliament has voted to build two additional nuclear reactors to augment the four they already operate. When this expansion is complete, nuclear power will provide half of Finland’s electricity. ” Finns Rule! 🙂 Good, but how about the rest of the world?

” … the worldwide scramble to build new plants—estimates run as high as 400 new nuclear plants to be built worldwide by 2030.” WOW!  
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Note  Some music that the nuclear moving world can dance to – Smile

MUSIC: Neutrton Dance Pointer Sisters (1983Note
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Lets look at what the Chinese are now doing:

“The Xiaomoshan nuclear power plant on the Yangtze River in Yueyang city, Hunan province, will have four AP1000 reactors and be built by Hunan Nuclear Power Company Ltd in two phases. Approval was given in 2006 and start of construction is expected late in 2010. The cost is put at CNY 60 billion ($8.77 billion). There are many more projects underway with similar pricing.”

That’s 4 of these babys at one Chinese site: 

The AP1000 is the safest and most economical nuclear power plant available in the worldwide commercial marketplace, and is the only Generation III+ reactor to receive Design Certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

OK … but what about the costs?

“… The construction cost per megawatt for the [Chinese] nuclear plants is $0.5 million while the US coal plant comes in at $0.46 million per MW. Even without factoring in lower continuing fuel costs, a Chinese nuke plant rivals an American coal plant in cost.” Well … I want one too! 😉

Lets cross check this, shall we, this with the very boring chart below. Run your curious eyes along the bottom WORLD** row of this long and ugly table.

  COUNTRY(Click name for
Country Profile)
NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY GENERATION 2009 REACTORS OPERABLE 1 June 2010
REACTORS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 1 June 2010
REACTORS PLANNED 

June 2010
REACTORS PROPOSED June 2010
URANIUM REQUIRED 2010
billion kWh  % e  No.  MWe  No.  MWe  No. MWe  No.  MWe                tonnes U 
Argentina
7.6
7.0
2
935
1
692
2
767
1
740
123
Armenia
2.3
45
1
376
0
0
1
1060
 
 
55
Bangladesh
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2000
0
Belarus
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2000
2
2000
0
Belgium
45
51.7
7
5943
0
0
0
0
0
0
1052
Brazil
12.2
3.0
2
1901
0
0
1
1245
4
4000
311
Bulgaria 
14.2
35.9
2
1906
0
0
2
1900
0
0
272
Canada 
85.3
14.8
18
12679
2
1500
4
4400
3
3800
1675
China 
65.7
1.9
11
8587
23
25310
34
38160
120
120000
2875
Czech Republic 
25.7
33.8
6
3686
0
0
2
2400
1
1200
678
Egypt 
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1000
1
1000
0
Finland
22.6
32.9
4
2696
1
1600
0
0
1
1000
1149
France 
391.7
75.2
58
63236
1
1630
1
1630
1
1630
10153
Germany 
127.7
26.1
17
20339
0
0
0
0
0
0
3453
Hungary 
14.3
43
4
1880
0
0
0
0
2
2200
295
India 
14.8
2.2
19
4183
4
2572
20
16740
40
49000
908
Indonesia 
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2000
4
4000
0
Iran 
0
0
0
0
1
915
2
1900
1
300
148
Israel 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1200
0
Italy  
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
17000
0
Japan 
263.1
28.9
55
47348
2
2756
12
16532
1
1300
8003
Jordan
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1000
   
0
Kazakhstan 
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
600
2
600
0
Korea DPR (North) 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
950
0
Korea RO (South)
141.1
34.8
20
17716
6
6700
6
8190
0
0
3804
Lithuania 
10.0
76.2
0 0
0
0
0
0
2
3400
0
Malaysia 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1200
0
Mexico 
10.1
4.8
2
1310
0
0
0
0
2
2000
253
Netherlands 
4.0
3.7
1
485
0
0
0
0
1
1000
107
Pakistan 
2.6
2.7
2
400
1
300
2
600
2
2000
68
0
0
0
0
0
0
6 6000 0 0
0
Romania 
10.8
20.6
2
1310
0
0
2
1310
1
655
175
Russia 
152.8
17.8
32
23084
10
8960
14
16000
30
28000
4135
Slovakia 
13.1
53.5
4 1760
2
840
0
0
1
1200
269
Slovenia 
5.5
37.9
1
696
0
0
0
0
1
1000
145
South Africa 
11.6
4.8
2
1842
0
0
3
3565
24
4000
321
Spain 
50.6
17.5
8
7448
0
0
0
0
0
0
1458
Sweden 
50.0
34.7
10
9399
0
0
0
0
0
0
1537
Switzerland 
26.3
39.5
5
3252
0
0
0
0
3
4000
557
Thailand
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2000
4
4000
0
Turkey 
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
4800
4
5600
0
Ukraine 
77.9
48.6
15
13168
0
0
2
1900
20
27000
2031
UAE 
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
5600
10
14400
0
United Kingdom 
62.9
17.9
19
11035
0
0
4
6600
6
8600
2235
USA 
798.7
20.2
104
101163
1
1180
9
11800
23
33000
19538
Vietnam 
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
4000
6
6000
0
WORLD**
2560
14
439
374,690
57
57,555
151
165,699
345
366,775
68,646
 
billion kWh
% e
No.
MWe
No.
MWe
No.
MWe
No.
MWe
tonnes U
 
NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY GENERATION
REACTORS OPERATING
REACTORS BUILDING
ON ORDER or PLANNED
PROPOSED
URANIUM REQUIRED

 As of July 2010 – “There are 57 reactors under construction, 151 planned and 345 proposed”! WOW

But what about the WASTE? Like this in France today:

Nuclear Waste Issue Could Be Solved, If... Photo: REUTERS/AREVA/Handout/Files
Well, the 4th Generation fast breeder reactors have these properties:

* Nuclear waste that lasts decades instead of millennia.
* 100-300 times more energy yield from the same amount of nuclear fuel.
* The ability to consume existing nuclear waste in the production of electricity.

As well, the new Gen-IV reactor makers like … “GE Hitachi has proposed a new generation of fast reactors that, they say, could return to the grid up to 99 percent of energy contained in the uranium, compared to recovering 2 or 3 percent from a common light water reactor.” ie they are extremely efficient. Even this very Green article understands the current world wide push and obvious benefits of Gen -IV “future nuclear”.

So, it looks like the world is now considering the scientific facts more than the emotional scare tactics that have dominated  nuclear energy discussion for the last 30 years.

Read all about it here and in this fabulous new book 🙂

Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

The world seems now to be saying: YES! to a better future with nuclear.

Atomic Brady

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One Response to Future Nuclear

  1. Lapo Lappin says:

    Thank you Brady! Very helpful!

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