India has been ranked third in the world with respect to number of nuclear reactors being installed, by the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, which was released in September 2017.
World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017:
i. The lead authors of the report are energy consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggart.
ii. India occupies 3rd position in the list with 6 nuclear reactors being installed.
iii. China is in the 20th position.
iv. The report says that, the number of nuclear reactors under construction has been reducing throughout the world for four consecutive years.
v. There were 68 reactors in 2013 throughout the world. Now, it is 53 in 2017.
vi. The report also said, that most of the nuclear reactor constructions are behind schedule due to increase in project costs and delay in power generation.
vii. There are 37 nuclear reactor constructions behind schedule.
viii. In India five out of the six nuclear reactors under construction are behind schedule.
ix. Eight nuclear power projects have been under construction throughout the world for more than 10 years. Out of which, three have been under construction for more than 30 years.
x. Russia and the US shut down their reactors in 2016.
xi. Sweden and South Korea closed their old nuclear reactor units in 2017.
xii. In 2016, nuclear power generation increased by 1.4% globally. Wind power generation increased by 16% and solar power generation by 30%.
xiii. In 2016, nuclear energy contributed only 10.5 % to the total global power generation. Whereas, renewable energy contributed 62 % to the global power generation.
About Department of Atomic Energy, India:
i. Headquarters – Mumbai
ii. Secretary – Dr.Sekhar Basu
iii. Minister of State – Mr.Jitendra Singh