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Global Nuclear Energy Outlook

Global Nuclear Energy Outlook

China is a key market for new nuclear investment, followed by India and South Korea

Key Findings

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.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • CEO's Perspective
    • Summary of Country Attractiveness
  • Market Overview
    • Scope and Coverage
    • Nuclear Energy in Power Generation
    • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Drivers and Restraints
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Nuclear Investment Trends
    • Nuclear Generation Capacity Forecasts
    • Capacity under Construction
      • Table Nuclear Energy Outlook: Nuclear Capacity under Construction, Global, 2014
    • Regional Investment Trends
  • The Geopolitics of Nuclear Energy
    • Geopolitics of Nuclear Energy
  • Fuel Consumption and Price Trends
    • Uranium Production versus Demand
    • Uranium Price Forecasts
      • Table Nuclear Energy Outlook: Uranium Prices, Global, 2010-2020
  • Future Technology and Fuels
    • Molten Salt Reactors
    • Thorium - The Fuel of the Future?
    • Thorium versus Uranium
    • Nuclear Fusion
    • Small Nuclear Reactors
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Criticality of Equipment and Key Participants
    • New Market Entrants
  • Nuclear Country Profiles
    • Summary of Country Attractiveness
    • Country Profile: Brazil
    • Country Profile: Canada
    • Country Profile: China
    • Country Profile: Finland
    • Country Profile: France
    • Country Profile: Germany
    • Country Profile: India
    • Country Profile: Italy
    • Country Profile: Japan
    • Country Profile: Pakistan
    • Country Profile: Poland
    • Country Profile: Romania
    • Country Profile: Russia
    • Country Profile: Saudi Arabia
    • Country Profile: South Korea
    • Country Profile: Turkey
    • Country Profile: UAE
    • Country Profile: The United Kingdom
    • Country Profile: The United States
    • Country Profile: Vietnam
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Global Power Investment Trends
    • Historical Power Sector Investment
    • Future Power Sector Investment
      • Table Nuclear Energy Outlook: Power Sector Investment, Global, 2014-2035

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