Nuclear Current Scenario
Although the annual power generation by renewable energy is increasing annually comparing to nuclear power, however we can still see that newer nuclear plant are still in construction as we discussed earlier in Which Countries is Constructing New Nuclear Reactors Today?.
In 2010, the worldwide cumulated installed capacity of renewable energy is approximately 381 GW comparing to 375GW of the nuclear power. The total investment in renewable energy technologies was estimated at USD243 billion in 2010.
There are approximately 437 nuclear reactors operating in the world today where 143 of the reactors are in the European Union. Below is the list of countries and power generated from the total of 28 countries. Although some inaccuracies might be presented here, readers who have more information on that please do not hesitate to tell us for updating the list.
|1||United States||821.1 terawatt-hours|
|6||South Korea||119.1 terawatt-hours|
|7||United Kingdom||88 terawatt-hours|
|18||Czech Republic||18.7 terawatt-hours|
|23||South Africa||12.6 terawatt-hours|
Weighted average 94.5 terawatt-hours
Fukushima and Chernobyl
No doubt, that we don’t want this drama to be translated again in other languages. What had happened in Fukushima and Chernobyl are more than enough for us to learn.
Chernobyl Affects until Today
In October 2009, the Council of Ministers of the European Union decided to extend by at least 10 years the monitoring system for potentially contaminated food from the Chernobyl disaster. This was added after they found that the contamination may still exist.
In 2006, 18 Norwegian municipalities newly controlled the raising of sheep in their regions. This decision was made after the meat was found to be polluted at seven times above the EU limits. In Germany, radioactive mushrooms still lead to the ban until now.
What Fukushima will create for us still remains uncertain. Looking to what Chernobyl has done to us; make us worry when these nuclear plants would stop their operations.