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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-10 10:49 AM
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14. One year doesn't make a trend. You sound like a climate denalist.
While capacity did decline in 2009 nuclear still represents a magnitude more power than wind/solar. Even if nuclear continued to decline it would take decades for wind/solar to achieve that level of capacity.

Also capacity isn't what matters. Generation is what matters. PV solar average capacity factor is slightly higher at 17%. Wind global average capacity factor is lower at 26%.

So even if "someday" wind & solar combined had capacity equal to nuclear reactors they would still output about about 1/3rd to 1/4th the energy nuclear reactors provide (depending on wind/solar split).

There is nothing wrong with wind and solar. Only one pro-nuclear person on the board constantly trashed them. We need all forms of emission free energy. What matters is total emission free energy. IF the roughly 400GW declined to 0 that is a whole of 400GW that needs to be replaced just to get us back to where we are today.


Nuclear reactors currently under construction with completion in next 4 years.

2010 Completion (7.6 GW)
India, NPCIL Kaiga 4 PHWR 202MW
India, NPCIL Rawatbhata 6 PHWR 202MW
Iran, AEOI Bushehr 1 PWR 950MW
Russia, Energoatom Rostov 2 PWR 950MW
India, NPCIL Kudankulam 1 PWR 950
Canada, Bruce Power Bruce A1 PHWR 769MW
Canada, Bruce Power Bruce A2 PHWR 769MW
Korea, KHNP Shin Kori 1 PWR 1000MW
China, CGNPC Lingao II-2 PWR 1080MW
Argentina, CNEA Atucha 2 PHWR 692MW

2011 Completion (8.0 GW)
India, NPCIL Kudankulam 2 PWR 950
India, NPCIL Kalpakkam FBR 470
Taiwan Power Lungmen 1 ABWR 1300
Russia, Energoatom Kalinin 4 PWR 950
Korea, KHNP Shin Kori 2 PWR 1000
China, CNNC Qinshan 4-1 PWR 650
China, CGNPC Lingao 2-1 PWR 1080
Pakistan, PAEC Chashma 2 PWR 300
Japan, Chugoku Shimane 3 PWR 1375

2012 Completion (9.9 GW)
Finland, TVO Olkiluoto 3 PWR 1600
China, CNNC Qinshan 4-2 PWR 650
Taiwan Power Lungmen 2 ABWR 1300
Korea, KHNP Shin Wolsong 1 PWR 1000
France, EdF Flamanville 3 PWR 1630
Russia, Energoatom Vilyuchinsk PWRx2 70
Russia, Energoatom Novovoronezh II-1 PWR 1070
Slovakia, SE Mochovce 3 PWR 440
China, CGNPC Hongyanhe 1 PWR 1080
China, CGNPC Ningde 1 PWR 1080

2013 Completion (13.1 GW)
China, CNNC Sanmen 1 PWR 1100
China, CGNPC Ningde 2 PWR 1080
Korea, KHNP Shin Wolsong 2 PWR 1000
USA, TVA Watts Bar 2 PWR 1180
Russia, Energoatom Leningrad II-1 PWR 1070
Korea, KHNP Shin Kori 3 PWR 1350
China, CGNPC Yangjiang 1 PWR 1080
China, CGNPC Taishan 1 PWR 1700
China, CNNC Fangjiashan 1 PWR 1000
China, CNNC Fuqing 1 PWR 1000
China , CGNPC Hongyanhe 2 PWR 1080
Slovakia, SE Mochovce 4 PWR 440
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