(Yicai Global) May 8 -- Nuclear power has become one of the main clean power sources in China’s east coastal region, said Li Ye, an official from the country’s energy agency at a recent nuclear power development forum, state online news outlet The Paper reported.
“Wind power in the country’s north, solar power in the northwest, hydropower in the southwest, and nuclear power in the east” are forming a diversified development pattern of non-fossil energy, Li noted.
Mainland China has 38 nuclear power reactors in operation, whose installed capacity is about 37 million kilowatts, with 18 more under construction with installed capacity of about 21 million kilowatts. All lie in power load center areas, Li said. An electric power load center activates generators per operation schemes, and tracks and reports the amount of electricity generated and purchased, according to the website of UK-based engineering planner DesignBuilder Software Ltd.
China's nuclear power generation capacity in operation is slated to reach 58 million kilowatts and 30 million kilowatts under construction by 2020, per a long-term government nuclear power development target for 2011 to 2020, but achieving this goal will be difficult, Li said.
China's installed nuclear power made up about 2 percent of its total capacity by the end of last year, at which time nuclear power contributed 4 percent to the country's overall electricity generation, still far below the global average of 11 percent, data from China’s statistics bureau and China Nuclear Energy Association show.
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