Category: energy demand

The Next Generation of Uranium Deposits

This post is by Bruno Venditti from Visual Capitalist

The following content is sponsored by Skyharbour Resources

The Next Generation of Uranium Deposits

Government policies are shifting in favor of nuclear energy as countries try to reduce carbon emissions.

Unlike coal, oil, or gas, nuclear power plants produce little to no COโ‚‚. As a result, nuclear is the second largest source of low-carbon electricity in the world, behind hydropower.

In this infographic from Skyharbour Resources, we look closely at the next generation of uranium deposits necessary to power up the nuclear sector.

The Uranium Supply Squeeze

Roughly 440 nuclear reactors operating worldwide generate around 10% of the worldโ€™s electricity annually.

In the United States, for example, nuclear energy provides 52% of carbon-free electricity, and in the European Union, it accounts for 43%. In three European countries, the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix exceeds 50%.

RankCountryNuclear Share of Electricity Mix
1France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท70.6%
2Slovakia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ53.1%
3Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ51.2%
4Hungary ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ48.0%
5Bulgaria ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ40.8%
6Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช39.1%
7Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ37.8%
8Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ37.3%
9Armenia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ34.5%
10Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ33.9%
11Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ32.9%
12Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช29.8%
13South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท29.6%
14Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ22.2%
15Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ20.6%
16Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด19.9%
17United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ19.7%
18Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ14.6%
19United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง14.5%
20Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช11.3%

All of the worldโ€™s nuclear reactors are powered by uranium. They require approximately 67,500 tonnes of uranium (Read more...)

Why Fusion Will Power the Race to Net-Zero

This post is by Bruno Venditti from Visual Capitalist

The following content is sponsored by General Fusion

Why Fusion Will Power the Race to Net Zero

Governments worldwide are targeting massive decreases in carbon emissions by 2050.

With growing populations and high demand for energy, renewable energy sources will be needed to reach a net-zero scenario. However, renewables like wind and solar are intermittent and need a baseload source of clean energy to supplement them. 

This infographic from General Fusion explores fusion’s potential to deliver clean, abundant, reliable, and cost-competitive energy.

How Fusion Energy Works

Fusion powers the Sun and the stars, where immense forces compress and heat hydrogen plasma, fusing it into helium and releasing enormous amounts of energy.

Here on Earth, scientists use isotopes of hydrogenโ€”deuterium and tritiumโ€”to power fusion plants. Deuterium is abundant in seawater while tritium can be produced from lithium, a common chemical element used in batteries, glass, and ceramics.

In fusion technology, light atomic nuclei are compressed under intense pressure and heat to form heavier ones and release energy. The fuel is heated to about 100 million degrees Celsius. At this hotter-than-the-sun temperature, a fully ionized gas plasma is formed. The plasma is then ignited to create fusion.

Unlike nuclear reactors that split atoms apart, fusion power plants fuse atoms to generate energy. One of the challenges for fusion, however, is to ensure fusion power plants can generate more (Read more...)