Friday, September 14, 2018

There’s Still a Future for Nuclear Power

Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period up to 2050 (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
The world is consuming ever-growing amounts of energy, and consumption is set for a particularly intensive growth in electricity.  Put simply, people are going to need more electricity in the years to come as we shift away from fossil fuels.  This fast growth will require more generation capacity, some of which will be nuclear.  In fact, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s nuclear power generation capacity may grow to 511 GW(e) by 2030 from 392 GW(e) in 2017, and further to 748 GW(e) by 2050.

This is the high case scenario outlined in IAEA’s Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the period up to 2050 report that came out this week.  In the low case scenario, global nuclear capacity would shrink to 352 GW(e) by 2030 but will inch up later, reaching 356 GW(e) by 2050. In other words, nuclear will continue taking part in the generating electricity for an increasingly electricity-hungry planet and the worst that can happen is that it loses some ground to natural gas and renewables.

The IAEA notes in the report that cheap natural gas and subsidized renewables are the top factors that act as deterrents to nuclear capacity growth, along with policies following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Nuclear still has a bad reputation despite the fact it is virtually emission-free. This reputation is unlikely to change anytime soon.

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