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Proceedings of the Second International Energy 2030 Conference,
November 4-5, 2008, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The Future of Nuclear Energy

Prof. Mujid S. Kazimi

Massachusetts of Institute Technology, USA

Abstract
Nuclear power provides 17% of world electricity, through plants located in 33 countries. After a very rapid program for building nuclear plants in the 70ís and the 80ís, there has been a slow down in the number of new plants. In the past 10 years, however, the fraction of electricity provided by nuclear energy has been kept constant by deriving more energy from the existing plants, and by a few additional plants mostly in Asian countries, like South Korea, Japan and China. The demand for electricity in the fast growing economies of China and India has led to an ambitious plan for a large rise in the share of nuclear in their electricity supply. In addition, after decades of stagnation in nuclear power in the US, new orders appear imminent to partly meet the strong demand for electricity. All together, the announced intentions around the World will add by 2025 about 165 new plants to the existing 442 plants.




 

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