More than 31 countries worldwide produce nuclear energy. Here are some of the Top 10 Most Nuclear Generating Countries.
1. The United States
In 2015, the United States had 99 nuclear reactors that generated 7,971,178 KWh of electricity. This accounted for 19.5% of the electrical power generated in the US at the time. It is important to note that the US is the largest economy in the world. This seemingly small figure of 19.5% represents almost 33% of the nuclear energy produced worldwide.
France has more than 58 nuclear reactors producing about 416,800 KWh of electricity each year. This figure represents 76.34% of the country’s electrical power. Currently, France is the biggest net exporter of electricity in the world. In fact, this particular export earns the country as much as $3.39 billion yearly.
Russia has about 35 nuclear reactors generating up to 195,214 KWh of electricity annually. This industry is important to the Russian economy because it employs 200,000 people in addition to the fact that it supplies energy to the country. Russia has plans to build nine additional reactors by 2020.
China is now the hotbed of activity when it comes to the generation of electricity through nuclear power. Currently, it has 35 reactors that produce about 170,355 KWh of electrical power per year. That accounts for 3% of its needs when it comes to electricity consumption. It is important to note that China is constructing 28 additional nuclear reactors.
5. South Korea
South Korea has 25 reactors that produce 157,196 KWh of electricity each year. That represents 31.73% of its annual needs when it comes to electricity consumption. South Korea is building four reactors in the UAE for use by the Arab state. It also plans to build reactors in Jordan, India, China, Indonesia, and Turkey under its policy of exporting South Korean technology in nuclear energy.
Currently, has the biggest power plant for nuclear energy in the world. The Canadians called it Bruce Nuclear Generating Plant. In addition to this one, Canada has 19 nuclear reactors producing 98,374 KWh of electricity annually. In Canada, only one reactor exists outside the province of Ontario. It is important to note that 60% of the electricity generated in Ontario comes from nuclear energy.
Germany has eight nuclear reactors that produce 86,810 KWh of electricity each year. This production represents 14.1% of its total energy needs when it comes to electricity. In 2011, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announced that the country would shut down its nuclear power facilities by 2022.
Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors, but it plans to build two additional ones by 2018. It is important to note that the country depends on nuclear energy for 56.5% of its needs when it comes to the consumption of electricity. These 15 stations produce 82,300 KWh of electricity each annually. The biggest nuclear plant in Europe is in Ukraine.
9. The United Kingdom (UK)
The UK has the same number of nuclear reactors as Ukraine, but those in Britain generate 63,894 KWh of electricity per year. However, this production represents 18.87% of the UK’s needs in electrical energy. In 1997, about 26% of the UK’s electricity production came from nuclear energy.
The Kingdom of Spain has seven reactors generating 54,740 KWh of electricity annually. This production represents 20.34% of Spain’s total needs when it comes to the consumption of electricity. In 2007, a leak at the Ascó I power plant in Spain led to widespread protests against nuclear energy in Spain.