World’s first experimental nuclear reactor produces electricity in Idaho, USA
U.S. President Eisenhower proposes “Atoms for Peace” program, which shifts research efforts towards power and electricity generation.
World’s first commercial-scale nuclear power station starts up in Obninsk, USSR.
US launches first nuclear-powered submarine
First British reactor starts up
First large commercial reactor built in US in Shippington, Pennsylvania
France starts up first commercial reactor.
Westinghouse-designed commercial Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) starts up. General Electric-designed commercial Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) starts up.
Canada’s CANada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactor starts up.
Soviet Union builds first two commercial power plants.
DBI starts developing the DBI Thorium reactor.
World’s first commercial Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) starts up in Kazakhstan.
1970s until early 2000s
Share of world’s electricity coming from nuclear remains stable at 17% range.
Third generation reactors developed.
DBI ready to build first reactor.