28 Feb '13, 6pm

China is building 29 nuclear reactors, 40% of the world's total

China is building 29 nuclear reactors, 40% of the world's total

While right now wind power has overtaken nuclear in China , and wind should keep growing rapidly, it takes a lot longer to build a reactor than a wind turbine, so these number will likely look different over time. Even though the Chinese government temporarily suspended new approvals after after the Fukushima disaster , China's nuclear industry (which over there basically means an extension of the central government) is forging ahead with 29 reactor projects, 4 of which have been approved since after the nuke moratorium was lifted in November. This represents 40% of the world's total number of reactors under construction, significantly ahead of Russia, India, and South-Korea. Right now, nuclear only represents 2% of China's electric power generation, compared to 19% in the U.S. and 75% in France. Once the reactors that are in construction come online, probably along with o...

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