Nuclear Energy

Topic Background

At the moment, electricity generation using a uranium fuel-based light water reactor is the main method and serving the grid in many parts of the world, from developed countires to emerging economies. However, there are challenges related to the processing and disposal of spent fuels and the public perception of the safety of nuclear power.

Where we are heading

As of now, there are a total of 438 nuclear reactors with installed gross power generation capacity of 396GW. Installed gross capacity is expected to reach somewhere between 438GW and 593GW. Under the 2 degree Centigrade scenario (2DS) presented in the IEA ETP, installed gross capacity of 585GW would be required in 2025 , so unless a high projection proves true, the 2DS would not be realized.

Installed gross nuclear capacity

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Comments and Discussion

Nuclear Energy (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Noriko Endo
  • March 30, 2018
  • Other, Keio University

The present status of nuclear energy policy, nuclear technology development, and future challenges mainly on Japan-US cooperation were discussed. Details are below. - Our primary energy demand today is about 150,000 terawatt-hours, and 85% of it is derived from fossil fuels. Looking forward to 2050 and committing ourselves to COP 21 in Paris, we will need to find 200,000 terawatt-hours of clean...

61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 29, 2017

61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017. The General Conference takes place annually, giving an opportunity to all IAEA Member States to jointly consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget and priorities. Close to 2,500 participants attended this year’s event, including delegates from 157 of the IAEA’s 168 Member States, internation...

IAEA report the possibility of expansion of nuclear power up to 2050

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 25, 2017

On 7 August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the 2017 version of a report that describes the current status and future prospects of international nuclear power development. Despite a slowing trend in the recent few years, the report shows that the nuclear capacity may be as twice as the current level in the high case in 2050. The report analyses the factors which could infl...

The 4th ICEF: New challenge of uncertainties

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • February 1, 2017
  • Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The uncertainty we are now facing is described as "huge-beyond-reason (ijigen-no fukakujitsusei)" by Dr. KUBO Fumiaki of the University of Tokyo. He means the impacts of what will be implemented as "America First" policies by the US President Donald Trump to the global community could be beyond imagination. New US policies, either domestic or foreign, do have much larger internation...

CARBON-NEGATIVE ENERGY SYSTEM -- Sustainable World Energy Supply and Global Environment Restoration Using Renewable and Nuclear Energies

  • Posted by Masao Hori
  • September 15, 2016
  • Staff, Universal Energy Research Institute, Inc.

Investigated is a carbon-negative energy system which supplies energy sustainably to the world and sequestering carbon from the global carbon cycle to control atmospheric CO2 concentration. In the conceptual system presented, carbon will be effectively removed from the global carbon cycle by the biomass-nuclear synergistic process to produce biochar and biofuel. Typically, by this carbon-negative ...

World Nuclear Association symposium 2016

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2016

World Nuclear Association Symposium 2016, the premier event for the global nuclear industry, will be held September 14-16, 2016 in London, UK. The symposium agenda includes presentations, one-on-one interviews, and high-level panels on the most important industry issues today. Follow the link below for details.

Renewable Energy Generation

  • Posted by Peter Liu
  • October 1, 2015
  • Chairman, WI Harper Group

Energy is an important global need and is a critical factor fueling the development and competitiveness economies around the world along with technology and infrastructure. Moreover, we see a strong correlation worldwide between energy consumption and GDP per capita, as increased productivity and energy consumption drives the development of industries, nations, and livelihoods. At the same time, r...

Three Challenges in the Sustainable Future of Energy Systems

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • September 8, 2014
  • Professor, GraSPP, the University of Tokyo, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan(IEEJ), Former Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2014 last June. The document is the IEA's biennial flagship publication concerning energy technology solutions for a sustainable future. The ETP 2014 states that a revolutionary reversal of shares of power sources needs to occur to achieve almost zero carbon generation in order to contain the atmospheric temp...