Nuclear energy essential to world's power supply: experts
CNATAIPEI -- The use of nuclear energy is necessary to meet global demand for electricity, experts said yesterday at a forum in Taipei on nuclear safety and power consumption.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
It is difficult for any country in the world to generate sufficient energy without the use of nuclear power, said Agneta Rising, director-general of the World Nuclear Association (WNA), which promotes nuclear energy.
The use of nuclear energy is forecast to grow by 3 percent per year until 2030 to meet future electricity demand, she said, citing a WNA report.
It remains a challenge to replace nuclear energy with alternatives such as solar and wind power which are dependent on weather conditions, Rising said.
The experts at the forum said it is important to inform the public about nuclear power, which accounts for 15 percent of total energy supply worldwide. At present, 69 nuclear power plants are being built in 13 countries, they said.
Transparency is key to promoting nuclear energy, said Walter Hill, an official from the United States-based Nuclear Energy Institute.
A framework for discussion between governments and the public should be established to help build mutual trust, he said.
At the one-day forum, organized by the state-run Taiwan Power Co., nuclear experts from Sweden, Japan, the U.S., and the United Kingdom held discussions on nuclear power issues at a time when Taiwan is dealing with controversy over the fate of its nearly completed Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.