August 18: Where are the world’s nuclear reactors?

While the US has the highest number of reactors, France generates the highest share of nuclear power per country.

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Source: Power Technology & World Nuclear Association
Published: February 2021 & June 2021

Where are the world’s nuclear reactors?

Nuclear technology splits the atoms of particular elements, releasing energy that is the world’s second-largest source of low-carbon power, behind hydroelectricity. Approximately 10% of global electricity is generated by 441 nuclear power stations worldwide.

The US has the highest number of reactors (93), but France generates the highest share of nuclear power per country, with roughly 70% of its electricity coming from nuclear reactors.

Top ten countries with the most nuclear reactors

United States: 93

France: 56

China: 51

Russia: 38

Japan: 33 (10 active)

Korea: 24

India: 23

Canada: 19

United Kingdom: 15

Ukraine: 15

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