Nuclear power has been in use for decades and is one of the fastest growing energy options for countries seeking energy security and low-emission energy solutions.
Globally nuclear power is the only proven base-load energy option available that has low carbon-dioxide emissions. In the production of low-emission energy, nuclear power is comparable with wind and hydro-electric and more green than solar power, where production of the photovoltaic cells requires substantial quantities of power.
Internationally, nuclear power generation is increasingly being advocated as part of a strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate global climate change. As a clean carbon-free form of electricity many countries are either looking to establish nuclear power generation whilst others are expanding upon existing nuclear capacity. In many parts of the globe it is considered that nuclear energy and renewable energy options need to be complementary partners if the world is to meet its growing energy demands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Nuclear power is a mature and proven technology. In addition to generation of electricity, nuclear power has been applied to:
- District and industrial process heating
- Nuclear powered ships
- Hydrogen generation
Information on the current global status of nuclear power and its benefits in reducing carbon emissions can be found here.