Research and Markets: The Future of the Power Industry - Nuclear's Role in the Energy Mix

Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:16am EDT

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DUBLIN--(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fc69e6/the_future_of_the) has
announced the addition of Global Markets Direct's new report "The Future of the
Power Industry- Nuclear's Role in the Energy Mix" to their offering. 

This new report on "The Future of the Power Industry: Nuclear's role in the
energy mix" focuses on the future nuclear power sector. The crude oil price
fluctuation and increasing concerns about challenges to petroleum fuel
production and supply disruptions have formed the catalyst for increased
attention on nuclear industry in the world. The global nuclear sector offers
enormous opportunities to industry players as there is an increased attention on
the nuclear sector. The report examines the growth opportunities in nuclear
power generation, market risk, upcoming reactor technologies, and other key
equipments in the global nuclear energy sector. 

Scope

* The report covers in-depth analysis on the Nuclear power markets in the world.
Regions covered include Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, South and Central
America and Middle East and Africa 
* Key countries covered include South Africa, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina,
the US, Canada, the UK, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Russian
Federation, Romania, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, France,
Finland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Republic of
Korea, Pakistan, Japan, India, China, Armenia, 
* Key drivers and challenges of each nuclear Energy Technology in different
countries 
* Key technological and research and development trends in the nuclear industry 
* Analysis of nuclear industry based on the historical and forecasted
information 
* Analysis of nuclear industry in key regions 
* Key policies and regulatory framework in various nuclear power producing
countries 
* Analysis of emerging nuclear power markets and opportunities

Executive Summary:

"The Future of the Power Industry: Nuclear's role in the Energy Mix" provides
in-depth analysis and forecast on the role of nuclear energy sector in the
future of electricity sector in the world. Nuclear power is increasingly
becoming a preferred source of electricity generation in many countries. The
report tracks the nuclear industry expansion plans across the world, potential
growth opportunities for key industry players, market risks and new generation
reactors with advanced technologies. 

Nuclear Installed Capacity and Generation to Grow with the Planned Expansion in
Nuclear Sector 

Nuclear installed capacity to grow significantly in the long term due to the
increasing demand for power worldwide. The authors estimate that nuclear power
installed capacity in the world will grow from its 2008 levels of 3, 72,611 MW
to 4, 12, 421 MW by the year 2015. Similarly, nuclear power generation is
expected to increase from 2, 599 BkWh in 2008 to 2,870 BkWh in 2015. This is
primarily due to the net addition of 2 reactors to the existing fleet of 436
globally. The report also details that, in the long term, nuclear power
generation is expected to grow further as there are 219 upcoming reactors which
are either under construction or in the planned stage. This expansion in the
nuclear industry will be driven by both the existing as well as emerging nuclear
power producing countries. 

Over-Dependency on Conventional Fuels and Concerns on GHG Emissions to Drive
Nuclear Power Sector 

Many countries are showing interest in developing nuclear power as an
alternative to conventional electricity generation. Growing demand for
electricity across the world, the crude oil price fluctuation and the concerns
on the over-dependency on conventional fuels are the key drivers for increased
attention on nuclear industry. Conventional fuels such as petroleum and coal
play a major role in the global electricity production, which in turn is the
largest emitter of green house gases contributing to global warming. Nuclear
power plants enjoy great importance in this regard as it has nearly zero carbon
emission. 

Low Operational Cost and Progress in Technology to Generate Greater Interest in
Nuclear Power Sector 

Low operational cost and advanced safety related technologies are driving the
nuclear power industry. The key advantage of nuclear power sector over other
power generation facilities is its comparatively low fuel cost which constitutes
a key segment of the operational cost. Unlike conventional fuel power plants
which burn huge quantities, fuel assemblies once loaded to a reactor will
continue to run for about 18 to 24 months. Another factor that generates
interest towards nuclear power sector is the advanced technology that ensures
better safety mechanisms. The report provides in-depth analysis of the new fleet
of advanced nuclear plant designs that belong to Generation III+ and Generation
IV technology which will raise the interest of the global community towards
nuclear energy sector. 

Asia Pacific region to be the Epicenter of Nuclear Industry Development 

The Asia Pacific region is set to lead the global nuclear industry expansion.
Many of the countries in the region have plans to develop nuclear electricity to
meet their growing demand for power. The report estimates that the region has a
total of 116 planned and under construction reactors, which constitute 52% of
the total upcoming reactors in the world. This will make the region the
epicenter of nuclear industry development in the world. The nuclear power
generation industry expansion will also have positive effect on allied sectors
such as equipment market and fuel cycle industry and will make way for
significant level of investments in the sector. 

Key Topics Covered:

* 1 Contents 
* 2 Introduction 
* 4 The Global Nuclear Power Market 
* 5 The Global Nuclear Power Market, Cost Analysis 
* 6 The Asia Pacific Nuclear Power Market, 2008-2015 
* 7 The Europe Nuclear Power Market, 2008-2015 
* 8 The North America Nuclear Power Market, 2008-2015 
* 9 The Central and South America Nuclear Power Market, 2008-2015 
* 10 The Middle East and Africa Nuclear Power Market, 2008-2015 
* 11 Nuclear Power Generation Technologies 
* 12 Emerging Nuclear Power Markets 
* 13 Appendix 
* List of Tables 
* List of Figures

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