Nuclear Power Plants
Every nuclear power plant designed in the world has been influenced by knowledge gained at Idaho National Laboratory. INL has a rich heritage that includes the distinction of being the site where nuclear energy was first harnessed to create electricity. This happened at Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 in 1951. Since that time, nuclear power plants have been constructed across the world.
Nuclear Power Plants in Operation (source: NEI)
As of February 2009, 30 countries worldwide were operating 436 nuclear reactors for electricity generation. Nuclear power plants provided about 14 percent of the world's electricity production in 2007.
Number of Nuclear Power Plants in Operation By Country (Source: IAEA)
S. Korea 20
New Nuclear Power Plants Under Construction (Source: IAEA)
As of June, 2009, 47 new nuclear plants were under construction in 14 countries.
S. Korea 5
Nuclear Share in Electricity Generation (2008) (Source: IAEA)
New U.S. Nuclear Power Plants License Applications (source: NEI)
17 companies and consortia are pursuing licenses for more than 30 nuclear power plants. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun reviewing the first wave of applications.