Power Reactors

  • Nuclear Power Reactors

    Around 14% of the world's electricity is produced from nuclear energy, more than from all sources worldwide in 1960. Most nuclear electricity is generated using just two kinds of reactors. New designs are coming forward and some are in operation as the first generation reactors come to the end of their operating lives. 

  • Advanced Nuclear Power Reactors

    Improved designs of nuclear power reactors are currently being developed in several countries. Newer advanced reactors now being built have simpler designs which reduce capital cost. They are more fuel efficient and are inherently safer.

  • Generation IV Nuclear Reactors

    An international task force is developing six nuclear reactor technologies for deployment between 2020 and 2030. Four are fast neutron reactors. All six systems represent advances in sustainability, economics, safety, reliability and proliferation-resistance.

  • Heavy Manufacturing of Power Plants

    A critical issue for accelerating nuclear power plant construction is the availability of heavy engineering plants to make the reactor components, especially for those units of more than 1100 MWe. There has been considerable new investment in major forges and steelmaking lines.

  • Small Nuclear Power Reactors

    There is revival of interest in small and simpler units for generating electricity from nuclear power, and for process heat. This interest in smaller nuclear power reactors is driven both by a desire to reduce the impact of capital costs and to provide power away from large grid systems. 

  • Fast Neutron Reactors

    Fast neutron reactors offer the prospect of vastly more efficient use of uranium resources and the ability to burn actinides which are otherwise the long-lived component of high-level nuclear wastes. Some 400 reactor-years experience has been gained in operating them.