Izvestiya vuzov. Yadernaya Energetika

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Nuclear power as a basis for future electricity generation

9/01/2015 2015 - #02 Current issues in nuclear energy

Pioro I.L. Kirillov P.L.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26583/npe.2015.2.01

UDC: 621.039.54

It is well known that the electricalpower generation is the key factor for advances in any other industries, agriculture and level of living. In general, electrical energy can be generated by: 1) nonrenewableenergy sources such as coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear; and 2) renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and marine. However, the main sources for electricalenergy generation are: 1) thermal – primary coal and secondary natural gas; 2) «large» hydro and 3) nuclear. The rest of the energy sources might have visible impact just in some countries. The paper presents the current status of nuclear power industry in the world and a comparison of nuclearenergy systems to other energy systems.


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