The source of energy has been in a big demand when the globe ran in the changes from horse powers to machines. With the continuous increase in the urbanization, cities, cosmos humans have been demanding more power sources. Early 19th century was energized with the power generated from the fossil fuels. When more consumptions came into demand, genius minds started thinking for the extreme sources of energy. They tried with every thing and solutions came up to the nuclear fission energy called nuclear Energy. Back in 1789 by Martin Klaproth Uranium was discovered by a German chemist, and named after the planet Uranus. Its commercial implications came into focus in late 1970s to 2002. In the recent incidents with the tsunami effect on Japan and several major disasters many countries decided to get rid of the nuclear energy.
‘ the nuclear power industry suffered some decline and stagnation. Few new reactors were ordered, the number coming on line from mid 1980s little more than matched retirements, though capacity increased by nearly one-third and output increased 60% due to capacity plus improved load factors. The share of nuclear in world electricity from mid 1980s was fairly constant at 16-17%. Many reactor orders from the 1970s were cancelled. The uranium price dropped accordingly, and also because of an increase in secondary supplies. Oil companies which had entered the uranium field bailed out, and there was a consolidation of uranium producers.
However, by the late 1990s the first of the third-generation reactors was commissioned – Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 6 – a 1350 MWe Advanced BWR, in Japan. This was a sign of the recovery to come. ‘ – source World Nuclear Association
Germany has already closed its 7 nuclear power stations out of 21 and is looking forward for more eco-friendly systems of energy. Japan is looking forward into more sea energy or geothermal energy. It is bit controversial in comparison in saying that the nuclear energy is going to be outdated. On one side where the Euro Zone and the US is looking forward for more compatible sources of energy and dive into eco-friendly renewable sources out throwing the nuclear energy, certain countries in Asia are investing in the nuclear.
‘ But plans in Europe and North America are overshadowed by those in China, India, Japan and South Korea. China alone plans a sixfold increase in nuclear power capacity by 2020, and has more than one hundred further large units proposed and backed by credible political determination and popular support. A large portion of these are the latest western design, expedited by modular construction.
The history of nuclear power thus starts with science in Europe, blossoms in UK and USA with the latter’s technological might, languishes for a few decades, then has a new growth spurt in east Asia. ‘ – – source World Nuclear Association
In a nut it is really hard to say that the nuclear energy is going to be outdated because on one side where the developed countries are looking forward for more better sources of energy the east of Asia is investing in nuclear energy as a new generation energy solutions.
main sources :
World Nuclear Association , google scholar, BBC Asia, BBC UK
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