Unformatted text preview: , 1954 , the USSRs Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant became the world's first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid , and produced around 5 megawatts electric power. • In 1955 the United Nations ' "First Geneva Conference", then the world's largest gathering of scientists and engineers, met to explore the technology. • The world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall in Sellafield , England was opened in 1956 with an initial capacity of 50 MW (later 200 MW). • The first commercial nuclear generator to become operational in the United States was the Shippingport Reactor ( Pennsylvania , December, 1957) • There are now some 439 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries, with 372,000 MWe of total capacity. • They supply 16 % of the world's electricity, as base-load power, and their efficiency is increasing....
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2009 for the course COMMUNICAT ee526 taught by Professor Mousamousa during the Spring '09 term at Alexandria University.
- Spring '09