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Meta Description The beginning of the industrial age was traditionally powered by fossil fuel usage which was considered to be fairly abundant at
Publisher Aruvian's R'search
Date of Report Nov 6, 2011
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The beginning of the industrial age was traditionally powered by fossil fuel usage which was considered to be fairly abundant at the same time ignoring its effects. The second phase of the industrial era saw a growing realization of the escalating damages due to these fossil fuels and growing cost of mining them as well. The development of nuclear power albeit primarily for military purposes and later for civilian applications led to the identification of uranium as one of the rare resources in the world. December of 1951 brought the first 100 KW of pure, relatively clean nuclear power to the civilian world thereby kick starting society’s campaign to slowly but decisively shift the global power resources to nuclear power based systems. Today the global electricity pie is fed almost 15.7% by nuclear power generation alone.

On a global scale, the big eight have a clear nuclear doctrine and defined roadmaps for how their society will produce and consume nuclear power. This circle is encircled by 56 more with civilian research facilities and 30 more which have around 435 commercial nuclear power plants with an installed capacity of 370 000 MWe. The present capacity is going to further inflate to the tune of almost 16% with around 60 power reactors already being planned and in stages of construction. It is but imperative that this energy resource of the future be understood in and harnessed in order to become the main workhorse of the industrialized economies of the future. Aruvian’s R’search’s report on the global nuclear power industry is an exhaustive document on this industry with focus on some areas as under:

a) Historic roadmap of nuclear energy right from 1930’s through the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s etc

b) Theoretical basics of nuclear reactors, comparative analysis of PWR vs BWR reactors, ABWR, ALMR, AHWR, GCR, AGCR,SCWR,LMFB and mining and extraction processes for nuclear fuel. Strategies for reprocessing, potency boosting.

c) Technical basics of how the ABWR is better than the BWR/6 generation reactors.

d) Reasons about the policy change to ensure lowering of the void coefficients of all RBMK reactors to +0.7 b and eventual closure.

e) The role, design, technical basics of Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators where long and unmanned, power is required even beyond solar cells.

f) Reasoning and identification basis of 238Pu for the purpose of fuel for RTG’s as compared to Americium-241 where 2.5mm shielding made a difference.

g) Advantages of new and upcoming reactor tech as ALMR, PBMR, MHTGR and their features with theoretical description.

h) SSTAR’s ready to define the future of small nuclear energy, safety and remote management features.

i) Commercial & economic demographics of the nuclear energy market and how almost 70% of the increased energy demand globally will come from the new economies of China and India.

j) Speculative interests of hedge funds in spot prices of U308 jumping almost 300% in a short span of time thereby increasing the stakes on nuclear fuel powered energy.

k) The role of nuclear hedging in commercial cycle planning.

l) Understanding the Cost function of nuclear energy, fuel and External Cost observation on nuclear energy vs coal, hydro, wind, gas wherein nuclear averages at almost 0.4 euro cents/ kWh.

m) Challenges to nuclear energy & Development of the nuclear safety consensus also how SSTAR’s may answer the proliferation debate with a special mention on Obama’s new nuclear policy.

n) Various regulatory initiatives such as AFC, Gen –IV,I- NERI and others including roll out milestones into the coming decade for the national energy policy of the U.S.

o) How smaller producers as the Netherlands, Belgium are balancing operating cost reductions by 10% & 17% to achieve competitiveness in deregulated energy markets. Effects of deregulation on nuclear power.

p) Country wise global map & analysis of the Nuclear Power Industry of the major producing 58 countries.

q) Profile of 50 major global companies and nuclear power utilities.

r) SWOT analysis of the big 11 global nuclear energy companies.

Aruvian’s R’search’s report on the Global Nuclear Power Industry is a comprehensive documentation of the steady and long reaching advances made in the field of nuclear energy. The report at the same instance addresses the multi fold objectives of theoretical & concept clarity, statistical data observation, contemporary observation on issues and future relevant information.

The report also envisages to enable energy mix strategy planners to factor in cost of procuring nuclear energy for their production systems of the future as governments and societies move away from fossil fuel driven cycles. This report is also an invaluable tool for gauging the gradual movement of the global energy policy towards a future enabled with nuclear energy which is comparatively cleaner and better managed for the benefit of all mankind.
Table of Contents
A. Executive Summary

B. Basics of the Nuclear Industry
B.1 History of Nuclear Power
B.2 Types of Nuclear Reactors
B.2.1 Fission Reactor
B.2.1.1 Pressurized Water Reactors
B.2.1.2 Boiling Water Reactors
B.2.1.3 Advanced Boiling Water Reactor
B.2.1.4 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR)
B.2.1.5 Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor
B.2.1.6 RBMK
B.2.1.7 Gas Cooled Reactor & Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor
B.2.1.8 Super Critical Water Cooled Reactor
B.2.1.9 Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor
B.2.2 Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
B.3 New & Upcoming Nuclear Technologies
B.4 Components & Parts of a Nuclear Power Plant
B.4.1 Nuclear Fuel
B.4.2 Neutron Moderator
B.4.3 Coolant
B.4.4 Control Rods
B.4.5 Pressure Vessel
B.4.6 Emergency Core Cooling Systems
B.4.7 Reactor Protective System
B.4.8 Steam Generators (not there in BWRs)
B.4.9 Containment Building
B.4.10 Boiler Feed Water Pump
B.4.11 Turbine
B.4.12 Electrical Generator
B.4.13 Condenser
B.5 Analyzing the Fuel Cycle
B.6 Managing the Radioactive Waste

C. Profiling the Nuclear Power Industry
C.1 Industry Overview
C.2 Uranium Market
C.3 Market Features
C.4 Price Trends
C.5 Managing the Risk in Nuclear Power
C.6 Industry Trends
C.7 Economic Trends
C.8 Nuclear Hedging
C.9 Future Outlook

D. Analyzing the Economics
D.1 External Costs
D.2 Fuel Cost
D.3 Electricity Generation with Other Forms of Energy
D.4 Cost Competitiveness in the Future

E. Global Climate Change & Nuclear Power

F. Challenges & Barriers to Nuclear Power
F.1 Air Pollution
F.2 Health Effects
F.3 Financial Challenges
F.4 Nuclear Safety
F.5 Nuclear Proliferation
F.6 Leadership Challenges
F.7 Regulatory Barriers
F.8 Water Pollution
F.9 Other Challenges

G. Regulatory Initiatives
G.1 Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative
G.2 Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative
G.3 International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative
G.4 Nuclear Power 2010
G.5 Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative
G.6 U.S. Clean Air Act
G.8 National Energy Policy of the U.S.
G.8.1 Nuclear Energy under Obama
G.8.1.1 Obama’s Approach
G.8.1.2 Latest Announcement - Loan for Nuclear
G.8.1.3 Nuclear Policy for the World
G.8.1.4 Impact
G.8.1.5 About Nuclear Posture Review
G.8.1.6 China
G.8.1.7 Russia

H. Licensing for Nuclear Power

I. Requirement for Nuclear Power
I.1 Dependency on Carbon
I.2 Renewables Scenario
I.3 Reduction in Global Natural Gas Levels

J. Comparing Nuclear Power to Other Power Sources

K. Electricity Market Deregulation
K.1 Deregulation & Privatization of the Electricity Sector
K.2 Issues in a Deregulated Market
K.3 Nuclear Power & the Deregulated Electricity Market
K.4 Impact of Deregulation on Nuclear Power Plants
K.5 Impact of Nuclear Power on Insurance
K.6 Impact on Energy Industry
K.7 Factors Affecting Competitiveness of Nuclear Power

L. Future of Nuclear Power

M. Analyzing the Global Nuclear Power Industry
M.1 Argentina
M.2 Armenia
M.3 Australia
M.4 Bangladesh
M.5 Belarus
M.6 Belgium
M.7 Brazil
M.8 Bulgaria
M.9 Canada
M.10 Chile
M.11 China
M.12 Czech Republic
M.13 Denmark
M.14 Egypt
M.15 Finland
M.16 France
M.17 Gabon
M.18 Georgia
M.19 Germany
M.20 Hungary
M.21 India
M.22 Indonesia
M.23 Iran
M.24 Iraq
M.25 Ireland
M.26 Israel
M.27 Italy
M.28 Japan
M.29 Kazakhstan
M.30 Libya
M.31 Malaysia
M.32 Mexico
M.33 Morocco
M.34 New Zealand
M.35 Nigeria
M.36 North Korea
M.37 Pakistan
M.38 Poland
M.39 Portugal
M.40 Romania
M.41 Russia
M.42 Slovakia
M.43 South Africa
M.44 South Korea
M.45 Spain
M.46 Sweden
M.47 Switzerland
M.48 Syria
M.49 Taiwan
M.50 Thailand
M.51 The Netherlands
M.52 Tunisia
M.53 Turkey
M.54 Ukraine
M.55 United Kingdom
M.56 United States
M.57 Venezuela
M.58 Vietnam

N. Major Players – Companies & Nuclear Power Utilities
N.1 Ameren Corporation
N.1.1 Corporate Profile
N.1.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.1.3 Financial Analysis
N.1.4 SWOT Analysis
N.2 American Electric Power Company
N.2.1 Corporate Profile
N.2.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.2.3 Financial Analysis
N.2.4 SWOT Analysis
N.3 Areva SA
N.3.1 Corporate Profile
N.3.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.3.3 Financial Analysis
N.3.4 SWOT Analysis
N.4 BKW FMB Energie AG
N.4.1 Corporate Profile
N.4.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.4.3 Financial Analysis
N.4.4 SWOT Analysis
N.5 British Energy
N.5.1 Corporate Profile
N.5.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.5.3 Financial Analysis
N.5.4 SWOT Analysis
N.6 Chugoku Electric Power Company
N.6.1 Corporate Profile
N.6.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.6.3 Financial Analysis
N.6.4 SWOT Analysis
N.7 Chubu Electric Power Company
N.7.1 Corporate Profile
N.7.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.7.3 Financial Analysis
N.7.4 SWOT Analysis
N.8 CMS Energy Corporation
N.8.1 Corporate Profile
N.8.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.8.3 Financial Analysis
N.8.4 SWOT Analysis
N.9 Constellation Energy Group
N.9.1 Corporate Profile
N.9.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.9.3 Financial Analysis
N.9.4 SWOT Analysis
N.10 Dominion Resources
N.10.1 Corporate Profile
N.10.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.10.3 Financial Analysis
N.10.4 SWOT Analysis
N.11 DTE Energy Company
N.11.1 Corporate Profile
N.11.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.11.3 Financial Analysis
N.11.4 SWOT Analysis
N.12 Duke Energy Corporation
N.12.1 Corporate Profile
N.12.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.12.3 Financial Analysis
N.12.4 SWOT Analysis
N.13 Electricite de France
N.13.1 Corporate Profile
N.13.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.13.3 Financial Analysis
N.13.4 SWOT Analysis
N.14 Entergy Corporation
N.14.1 Corporate Profile
N.14.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.14.3 Financial Analysis
N.14.4 SWOT Analysis
N.15 Eskom
N.15.1 Corporate Profile
N.15.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.15.3 Financial Analysis
N.15.4 SWOT Analysis
N.16 Exelon Corporation
N.16.1 Corporate Profile
N.16.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.16.3 Financial Analysis
N.16.4 SWOT Analysis
N.17 FirstEnergy Corporation
N.17.1 Corporate Profile
N.17.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.17.3 Financial Analysis
N.17.4 SWOT Analysis
N.18 Hokkaido Electric Power Company
N.18.1 Corporate Profile
N.18.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.18.3 Financial Analysis
N.18.4 SWOT Analysis
N.19 Hydro Quebec
N.19.1 Corporate Profile
N.19.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.19.3 Financial Analysis
N.19.4 SWOT Analysis
N.20 Progress Energy, Inc.
N.20.1 Corporate Profile
N.20.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.20.3 Financial Analysis
N.20.4 SWOT Analysis
N.21 Siemens AG
N.21.1 Corporate Profile
N.21.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.21.3 Financial Analysis
N.21.4 SWOT Analysis
N.22 Tennessee Valley Authority
N.22.1 Corporate Profile
N.22.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.22.3 Financial Analysis
N.22.4 SWOT Analysis
N.23 Toshiba Corporation
N.23.1 Corporate Profile
N.23.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.23.3 Financial Analysis
N.23.4 SWOT Analysis
N.24 Vattenfall AB
N.24.1 Corporate Profile
N.24.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.24.3 Financial Analysis
N.24.4 SWOT Analysis
N.25 Xcel Energy, Inc.
N.25.1 Corporate Profile
N.25.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.25.3 Financial Analysis
N.25.4 SWOT Analysis
N.26 Cameco Corporation
N.26.1 Corporate Profile
N.26.2 Business Segment Analysis
N.26.3 Financial Analysis
N.28 Bruce Power
N.29 Bulgarian National Electricity Company (NEK)
N.30 Ceske Energeticke Zavody (CEZ)
N.31 E.ON Kernkraft
N.32 E.ON Sverige
N.33 Electrabel
N.34 Electrabel
N.35 Eletronuclear
N.36 EnBW Kraftwerke AG (EnBW)
N.37 Energoatom
N.38 Energy Northwest
N.39 Eurodif
N.40 FPL Group (FPL)
N.41 Japan Atomic Power Co (JAPC)
N.42 Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
N.43 Paks Nuclear Power Plant Company
N.44 PG&E Co.
N.45 Slovenske Elektrarne (SE)
N.46 Taiwan Power Company (Taipower)
N.47 TXU Generation Holdings Co., LLC
N.48 Urenco Group
N.49 Westinghouse Electric Company
N.50 Wisconsin Electric Power Co.

P. Appendix
P.1 Case Studies of Nuclear Accidents
P.1.1 The Chernobyl Accident
P.1.2 Three Mile Island
P.1.3 Tokaimura Accident
P.2 Nuclear Trade & Industry Organizations
P.3 Regulation & Regulators for the Nuclear Industry
P.4 Worldwide Nuclear Research Centers
P.5 Major Nuclear Power Plants around the World
P.6 Non Proliferation & Safeguards Organizations
P.7 Figures & Tables

Q. Glossary of Terms