More countries turn to nuclear energy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am

Among the many alternative energy sources, nuclear power is gaining popularity.

While advocates say nuclear energy is clean, critics point out many problems - accidents like the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, plutonium theft by rogue states to make nuclear weapons, waste storage and high construction costs.

But environmental concerns override fears of nuclear energy. More and more nations are using nuclear power to generate electricity.

In the US, nuclear plants generate 20 per cent of electricity. In France, the figure is 78 per cent and the country has 59 nuclear reactors.

China, with nine reactors generating 6,600 megawatts of electricity, is planning to build dozens more.

India has 15 nuclear plants in operation and eight more are under construction.

With reactors equipped with better safety systems, nuclear energy is likely to become one of the

main sources of energy in future.