The discovery of radioactivity in created opportunities for investigating the structure of the atom, giving rise to the possibility that the energy bound up in the atom might one day be released and put to practical use.
Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: Mohamed ElBaradei I am pleased to be with you today to share a few of my thoughts on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. But history is most useful when we consider how to apply its lessons to address current and future challengesand it is in this context that I would like to discuss a number of issues facing the international nuclear community and the IAEA.
Nuclear Power Global Growth and Current Status In the early years of atomic science, the peaceful application of greatest interest and promise was nuclear power - which, according to predictions, would bring "abundant electrical energy in the power starved areas of the world".
To date, this goal has not been achieved on the scale originally envisioned.
Over the next ten years, it continued to secure a steadily larger share of the world electricity market. From that time forward, that ratio has remained about the same, growing at the same pace as overall electricity use. Asia as a region holds the strongest current growth market for nuclear power.
Twenty-three of the last 28 reactors to be connected to the grid are in the Far East and South Asia - and, of the 27 units now under construction worldwide, 19 are located in Asia. In fact, 9 of the 27, a total of megawatts, are in India. By contrast, in Western Europe and North America, nuclear construction has been a relatively frozen playing field - the last plant to be completed being Civaux-2 in France in However, there may be signs of a thaw: Nuclear Safety Performance and Reliability Given this limited amount of new construction, much of the increase in nuclear generating capacity over the past decade has been credited to increased availability - a change tied directly to improvements in global safety performance.
To understand the current picture, it is important to understand this trend. Both organizations created networks to conduct peer reviews, compare safety practices, and exchange vital operating information to improve safety performance.
A more systematic analysis of risk was used to ensure that changes made were in areas that would bring the greatest safety return.
And the IAEA has worked to update its body of safety standards to reflect best industry practices, as well as putting in place legally binding norms in the form of international safety conventions.
For example, senior Indian experts have participated in recent technical meetings related to nuclear power plant operational safetyseismic safety, aging management and life extension — and some of these meetings have been hosted here in India.
And India has for many years been sharing detailed technical information about events in nuclear plants through the Incident Reporting System.
Given the ambitious scope of its peaceful nuclear energy activities, India could gain considerable benefit through making use of the variety of Agency peer reviews and safety services. India would of course also be welcomed by the more than 50 countries that are party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.
Although the focus of international efforts has been on improving safety, the secondary benefit has been a steady increase in nuclear plant availability and productivity.
The result is that existing well-run nuclear power plants have become increasingly valuable assets. Although the initial capital cost of a nuclear plant is high, the operating costs have become relatively low and stable.
Factors That Will Shape Future Growth Clearly, however, not every country shares the view that improved economics and safety performance warrant a revival of nuclear power.
This divergence of opinion is to be expected; each country and region faces a different set of variables when choosing its energy strategy, and energy decisions cannot be made on a "one-size-fits-all" basis.
Consider Europe as a regional example: Yet four Western European countries - Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden - currently have nuclear phase-out policies in place; and a number of other European countries have stated policies against nuclear power.
Overall, the current picture remains mixed, and projections for the future of nuclear power vary widely depending on what assumptions are made. In my view, these projections are valuable because they highlight the factors that will be of crucial influence in shaping the future of nuclear power.
I would like to examine a few such issues. Carbon Emissions and the Growth in Demand The first issue is the degree to which global attention remains focused on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the risk of climate change - particularly as the world faces an unprecedented expansion in energy demand in the next 50 years.
Much of this surge in demand will occur in nations on the path of economic development. The degree to which fossil fuels are tapped to meet this demand could have a major impact on global air pollutionas well as on the pace of fossil fuel depletion.
Nuclear power emits virtually no greenhouse gases. The complete nuclear power chain, from uranium mining to waste disposal, and including reactor and facility construction, emits only 2—6 grams of carbon per kilowatt-hour. This is about the same as wind and solar power, and well below coal, oil and even natural gas.
Worldwide, if the existing nuclear power plants were shut down and replaced with a mix of non-nuclear sources proportionate to what now exists, the result would be an increase of million tonnes of carbon emitted per year.Physics of Reactor Design: Vol.
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