Global Nuclear Energy Outlook
China is a key market for new nuclear investment, followed by India and South Korea
Global nuclear installed capacity will increase from GW in 2012 to GW in 2030. While this is lower than all the other major fuels, apart from oil, the high operational efficiency of nuclear means it will increase its share of global electricity generated by % (% to %).
China is the most important market for new investment, accounting for % of global capacity additions.
From 2012 to 2030, North American installed capacity will increase by approximately %, as gas and renewable energy are the investment priorities. South America and Europe are facing similar situations, wherein installed capacity will decline by %, mainly because of the nuclear closures in Germany.
As of December 2014, all of Japan’s reactors were offline. From 2015 to 2017, Frost & Sullivan forecasts approximately to come online, particularly given the recent election victory of the pro-nuclear government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
About this report
The nuclear industry has weathered the fallout of the Fukushima accident, with Japan expected to re-start reactors in 2015. Other countries will continue to pursue their investment plans. High capital costs, lingering safety concerns, and the trend toward de-centralized energy have limited nuclear power's potential in Europe and North America. China, South Korea, South Asia, and the Middle East hold vast potential for project activity. This study provides forecasts in terms of regional nuclear investment trends, including an in-depth profile of 20 countries. Major drivers and restraints and technology and fuel trends that can have a long-term impact on the market are also discussed.
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