Global nuclear power up again in 2012

The world's nuclear power generation capacity grew in 2012, with 437 nuclear power reactors operating around the globe as of the end of the year, according to data from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Agence France-Presse reported on the data, which showed that two more reactors were online in 2012 than in 2011.

The world saw a drop in nuclear energy production in 2011 after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan. The IAEA said that incident was expected to slow or delay the growth of nuclear power around the globe but "not reverse it."

According to the IAEA's Nuclear Technology Review cited by AFP, total electricity generation from nuclear power rose 3.7 gigawatts (GW) to 372.5 GW, compared to a drop of 7 GW in 2011.

The IAEA's draft report also highlighted the start of construction on seven new reactors in 2012, four in China and one each in South Korea, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

More information on global nuclear power can be found at PennEnergy's research area.

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