Next Big Future says China and Russia are planning a nuclear future. China plans to start six new reactors every year from 2015 to 2020. The Asian country’s nuclear power plants, both those operational and those under construction, will have a combined electric power capacity of 58 gigawatts by 2015, which will expand to 88 GW by 2020. (1 GW = 1 billion watts)  Currently, China has 21 reactors in operation, in addition to 28 units under construction. Russia envisages a 25-30% nuclear share in electricity supply by 2030, 45-50% in 2050 and 70-80% by the end of this century. Russia intends to build about 40 new reactors at home and as many as 80 in other countries by 2030. Included are reactors that would generate electric power and desalinate water such as in the Middle East.

Reuters suggests it will take longer than planned to reduce France’s reliance on nuclear power. Nuclear currently generates 75% of the country’s power but President Francois Hollande had hoped to reduce this figure to to 50% by 2025.  However, the head of state nuclear agency CEA says this is not feasible. He said he could not see how France would be able to replace that much nuclear power with renewable energy by that date.

In a related post see France’s nuclear energy costs to soar. RFI tells us the cost of nuclear power is expected to rise markedly as major infrastructure investments are needed in the industry to maintain aging facilities.

Major investment of 110 billion euros is needed in aging power stations and running costs, including uranium supplies, wages and taxes, are expected to rise 11 per cent.

From AZERNEWS we learn the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan plans to build its first nuclear power plant in 2018.

Next Big Future updates developments with several nuclear fusion projects.

Executive Intelligence Review explores India’s fusion power future. By 2023 India will be a world leader in thorium reactors and expects to start generating its first watt of electricity at that time with this fuel. But the country is looking far beyond this date to the use of nuclear fission. The post looks at this country’s commitment to a future grounded on nuclear energy.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to use low-energy nuclear reactions to clean nuclear waste according to New Energy Times. The firm wants to use the technology in a practical application to convert radioactive strontium and cesium waste into harmless non-radioactive elements.





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