Peter Fairley, IEEE: The most advanced commercial reactor designs from Europe and the United States just delivered their first megawatt-hours of electricity within one day of each other in China. This is great for China. The United States is in the process of acquiescing to anti-nuclear organizations and their politicians by closing nuclear plants with no plans to replace them with more nuclear. Where will this lead?
Brian Wang: China already generates 60% more electricity than the USA in 2018. China plans to double this by 2030. China wants to increase from 3-4% nuclear power for electricity to 10%. This will mean 300 GW of electricity in 2030. This would be about triple the US generation of nuclear electricity. Starting in 2010, China is now working on two very different thorium based molten salt reactor programs. One is based on liquid fuel, the other on molten salt cooled solid fuel. Both are designed for specific application areas.
China has made phenomenal progress in their economy and standard of living since the 1970s using fossil fuels. Now they are focusing on all varieties of nuclear power. They will not tolerate ridiculous anti-nuclear fearmongering nor less than stellar regulatory agencies. They will have the best energy network there is to have and be in a position to aid the rest of the world. The best energy systems means the best economies, best standard of living and can mean the most effective government. Sad to see the United States falling so far behind due to anti-nuclear organizations, a less than ideal nuclear regulatory commission and a disorganized utility and nuclear construction industry.
(Cornwall Alliance, Vijay Jayaraj) India - Beyond the Nobel Prize: The rise of nuclear powered India11.Jan.2020
Vijay Jayaraj, M.Sc. Environmental Science. Research Associate for Developing Countries for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation: Few here and abroad understand the difference between safe and unsafe reactors. India’s late president Dr. Abdul Kalam, a respected scientist, was instrumental in creating public awareness of nuclear power plants and their superiority to renewables. Just like clean-coal plants, nuclear power stations are indispensable to meeting the energy needs of our world. The energy sector is the backbone of industry, and nuclear technology should, and likely will, play a big role. Nuclear reactors that serve and contribute to the peace of humanity should not be closed, but celebrated—maybe even awarded the Nobel Prize.