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Nuclear power plants, world-wide

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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 February 04, 2016 in 31 countries 442 nuclear power plant units with an installed electric net capacity of about 384 GW are in operation and 66 plants with an installed capacity of 65 GW are in 16 countries under construction.

Country

In operation

Under construction

Number

Electr. net output
MW

Number

Electr. net output
MW

Argentina

3

1,627

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

13,500

-

-

China

31

26,635

24

24,128

Czech Republic

6

3,904

-

-

Finland

4

2,752

1

1,600

France

58

63,130

1

1,630

Germany

8

10,799

-

-

Hungary

4

1,889

-

-

India

21

5,308

6

3,907

Iran

1

915

-

-

Japan

43

40,290

2

2.650

Korea, Republic

25

23,117

3

4,020

Mexico

2

1,440

-

-

Netherlands

1

482

-

-

Pakistan

3

690

2

630

Romania

2

1,300

-

-

Russian Federation

35

25,443

8

6,582

Slovakian Republic

4

1,814

2

880

Slovenia

1

688

-

-

South Africa

2

1,860

-

-

Spain

7

7,121

-

-

Sweden

10

9,648

-

-

Switzerland

5

3,333

-

-

Taiwan, China

6

5,032

2

2,600

Ukraine

15

13,107

2

1,900

United Arab Emirates

-

-

4

5,380

United Kingdom

15

8,883

-

-

USA

99

98,708

5

5,633

Total

442

383,513

66

65,028

Nuclear power plants world-wide, in operation and under construction, IAEA as of 4 February 2016

Number of Reactors world-wide
Number of reactors in operation, worldwide, 2016-02-04 (IAEA 2016)

Number of reactors under construction

Number of reactors under construction, 2016-02-04 (IAEA 201)

Nuclear share in electricity generation
Nuclear share in electricity generation, 2014 (IAEA 2015)

Nuclear Power Plants, nuclear power capacity
Nuclear Power Plants, nuclear power capacity 1995 - 2014 (IAEA 2015)

Number of nuclear reactors worldwide by age
Number of nuclear reactors worldwide by age as of 2016-02-04 (IAEA 2016)

Nuclear Power Plants, energy availability factor
Nuclear Power Plants, energy availability factor 1995 - 2014 (IAEA 2015)

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