Nuclear plants are a global industry that is worth billions of dollars, and it has been a challenge to keep them running in the face of a rising global energy demand.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was the biggest reactor in the world until it went offline in March 2011, but it was never built to last for more than a few years.
Since then, Japan has been working on how to ensure the country’s nuclear power plants are up to the challenge of the future.
One of the key challenges has been to keep the plant operating as efficiently as possible, so it can generate enough electricity to power the entire Japanese population.
In 2010, the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had the capability to produce 3,500 megawatts of electricity, which is equivalent to the power needed to power 4,000 homes.
Now, that figure has been cut to 1,600 megawatts.
The reactors were built to generate electricity at a rate of about 20 megawatts a day, which means that the plant’s output would have been about enough to power every home in Japan for four years, which would have left a gap of about eight years.
However, as a result of the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the government has decided to cut that output down to only about 500 megawatts per day.
“The government has not been able to keep up with the growth of the power demand,” said Kazuyuki Tada, a professor of nuclear engineering at Tokyo’s Tokyo Institute of Technology, who worked on the plant design.
So what can be done to ensure that the reactors continue to produce electricity for years to come?
One option is to replace the reactors with smaller ones, which are expected to be able to produce even more electricity.
Tada and other experts are working on ways to build a new plant that would be much smaller and use a new technology called “fission”, which means the atoms that make up nuclear fuel are turned into electricity.
Nuclear fusion has the potential to produce energy much more efficiently than fission, which creates more energy than a nuclear reactor can produce.
For example, if the power plant were to be made of a single type of uranium alloy that can fuse with uranium atoms, it could produce about 1,500 kilowatts of electricity per year.
This would make the power plants at Fukushima Daiji and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa the world’s smallest nuclear power stations, which will have a combined output of 1,800 megawatts, or enough power to power over 5,000 houses.
While nuclear power has long been an important source of energy, the recent accident at Fukushima has caused a surge in interest in it in Japan.
According to a government report released in November 2011, the amount of electricity produced by nuclear power in Japan has increased by 10% in the last three years.
And since the Fukushima accident, the Japanese government has invested in a number of initiatives to make nuclear energy more secure.
At the moment, the reactors are being built on a new structure at Fukushima.
The government plans to open up a new nuclear power plant, built on the site of the previous one, in 2019.