In 2018, Japan restarted five nuclear reactors that were shut down after the 2011 Fukushima accident. Japan is operating nine out of 39 nuclear reactors. The nine operating nuclear units generate 8.7 gigawatts of electricity. Japan’s oil, coal and natural gas increased after they shutdown all of their nuclear reactors. Japan spent about $30 billion each year for additional fossil fuel imports in the three years following the Fukushima accident. In 2010 and before, Japan generated about 30% of its power from nuclear energy. Japan plans to get back to 20-22% energy from nuclear power by 2030. This would require having 30 operating nuclear reactors. Japan could have two more restarts in 2019, two more in 2020 and another two by 2022. The outlook beyond that is less certain. * Onagawa 2 reactor should restart in 2019. * Takahama 1 has cleared safety reviews and has had lifetime extension upgrades. It should restart in 2019. * Mihama 3 has cleared safety reviews and has had lifetime extension upgrades. It should restart late in March 2020. * Takahama 2 safety reviews and has had lifetime extension upgrades. It should restart late in May 2020. * Shimane 2 safety reviews are going smoothly and has strong local support. * Higashidori will finish safety upgrades around 2021-2022 and then restart * Five other reactors are getting upgrades but they face some technical or political issues * There are several other reactors with more political or technical issues SOURCES- EIA, Reuters Written By Brian Wang
Brian Wang is a prolific business-oriented writer of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is known for insightful articles that combine business and technical analysis that catches the attention of the general public and is also useful for those in the industries. He is the sole author and writer of nextbigfuture.com, the top online science blog. He is also involved in angel investing and raising funds for breakthrough technology startup companies.
He gave the recent keynote presentation at Monte Jade event with a talk entitled the Future for You. He gave an annual update on molecular nanotechnology at Singularity University on nanotechnology, gave a TEDX talk on energy, and advises USC ASTE 527 (advanced space projects program). He has been interviewed for radio, professional organizations. podcasts and corporate events. He was recently interviewed by the radio program Steel on Steel on satellites and high altitude balloons that will track all movement in many parts of the USA.
He fundraises for various high impact technology companies and has worked in computer technology, insurance, healthcare and with corporate finance.
He has substantial familiarity with a broad range of breakthrough technologies like age reversal and antiaging, quantum computers, artificial intelligence, ocean tech, agtech, nuclear fission, advanced nuclear fission, space propulsion, satellites, imaging, molecular nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine, blockchain, crypto and many other areas.