Case study: nuclear power

  • L. E. J. Roberts


The generation of electricity from nuclear power currently contributes 17% of the world’s electricity. The installed capacity grew from the first commercial plants in the early 1960s to reach 110 GW by 1979 and 318 GW by 1990, distributed between 26 countries. There are 96 further reactors being constructed which, if they are completed, would bring the total nuclear generating capacity to 400 GW by the year 2000. France has the highest percentage of nuclear generation (75%) and ten countries rely on nuclear stations for one-third or more of their electricity (IAEA, 1990). The overall contribution to the world’s energy supply is about 6%, almost the same as the current contribution from hydropower.


International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Weapon Spend Fuel Nuclear Industry Radiological Protection 
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