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World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020

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The WNISR2020 assesses on 361 pages the status and trends of the international nuclear industry and analyzes the additional challenges nuclear power is facing in the age of COVID-19.  

In 2019, for the first time in history, non-hydro renewables like solar, wind and biomass generated more electricity than nuclear power plants.

The number of operating reactors in the world has dropped by nine over the past year to 408 as of mid-2020 (back to 1988 level), and 30 units away from the historic peak of 438 in 2002.

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Sep 24, 2020 9:17 pm GMT

In 2019, for the first time in history, non-hydro renewables like solar, wind and biomass generated more electricity than nuclear power plants.

While one year is a data point and not a trend, this will be interesting to keep an eye on over the next few years-- especially if SMRs can start to build up the nuclear generation capabilities on schedule. 

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Joe Deely on Sep 30, 2020 5:17 am GMT

While one year is a data point and not a trend

Matt,

It is a trend.... Wind and Solar are adding 300 TWh/year WW while Nuclear is basically standing still.

Fig 53 on Page 272 of the report referenced shows the trend. No doubt about it.

The gap has continued to grow in 2020. Nuclear generation will be flat to down and Solar/wind will again show substantial growth. 

There is no rocket science here... Wind/solar are cheap and easy to implement. Nuclear is the opposite.

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Bob Meinetz on Sep 25, 2020 12:08 am GMT

"In 2019, for the first time in history, non-hydro renewables like solar, wind and biomass generated more electricity than nuclear power plants."

Laurent, there does seem to be a meme going around that solar and wind are "renewable".  What about the fossil fuel gas that's required to back them up?

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Matt Chester on Sep 25, 2020 11:29 am GMT

re·new·a·ble en·er·gy

noun

energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power.

-Oxford Dictionary

 

The definition of renewable energy is pretty clear. You can fairly debate what it means on a system-wide level, and that's a great discussion to have. But renewable energy sources, they clearly are. 

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