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Nuclear power plants, world-wide

On December 20, 1951, at the Experimental Breeder Reactor EBR-I in Arco, Idaho, USA, for the first time electricity - illuminating four light bulbs - was produced by nuclear energy. EBR-I was not designed to produce electricity but to validate the breeder reactor concept.

Experimental Breeder Reactor EBR-I
First electricity production by nuclear energy
Experimental Breeder Reactor EBR-I, 20 Dec.1951, Arco, Idaho, USA

On June 26, 1954, at Obninsk, Russia, the nuclear power plant APS-1 with a net electrical output of 5 MW was connected to the power grid, the world's first nuclear power plant that generated electricity for commercial use. On August 27, 1956 the first commercial nuclear power plant, Calder Hall 1, Eng-land, with a net electrical output of 50 MW was connected to the national grid.

As of November 28, 2016 in 31 countries 450 nuclear power plant units with an installed electric net capacity of about 392 GW are in operation and 60 plants with an installed capacity of 60 GW are in 16 countries under construction.

Country

In operation

Under construction

Number

Electr. net output
MW

Number

Electr. net output
MW

Argentina

3

1.632

1

25

Armenia

1

375

-

-

Belarus

-
-

2

2.218

Belgium

7

5.913

-

-

Brazil

2

1.884

1

1.245

Bulgaria

2

1.926

-

-

Canada

19

13.524

-

-

China

36

31.402

20

20.500

Czech Republic

6

3.930

-

-

Finland

4

2.752

1

1.600

France

58

63.130

1

1.630

Germany

8

10.799

-

-

Hungary

4

1.889

-

-

India

22

6.225

5

2.990

Iran

1

915

-

-

Japan

43

40.290

2

2.650

Korea, Republic

25

23.133

3

4.020

Mexico

2

1.440

-

-

Netherlands

1

482

-

-

Pakistan

4

1.005

3

2.343

Romania

2

1.300

-

-

Russian Federation

36

26.557

7

5.468

Slovakian Republic

4

1.814

2

880

Slovenia

1

688

-

-

South Africa

2

1.860

-

-

Spain

7

7.121

-

-

Sweden

10

9.651

-

-

Switzerland

5

3.333

-

-

Taiwan, China

6

5.052

2

2.600

Ukraine

15

13.107

2

1.900

United Arab Emirates

-

-

4

5.380

United Kingdom

15

8.918

-

-

USA

99

98.868

4

4.468

Total

450

391.915

60

59.917

Nuclear power plants world-wide, in operation and under construction, IAEA as of 27 November 2016

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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