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Here's how the world generates electricity

Last updated on: November 28, 2011 11:11 IST

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The world uses different types of sources to generate electricity. Some rely on coal, while others prefer nuclear power.

Let us have a look at how some countries, including India, are producing electricity, according to National Geographic figures.

Note: TWh stands for terawatt hour. A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy equal to one kilowatt of power spent for one hour of time. Terawatt hour is a huge figure that expresses annual electricity generation for countries.

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Image: Some rely on coal, while others prefer nuclear power.

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India

Coal: 569 TWh

Hydro: 114 TWh

Gas: 82 TWh

Oil: 34 TWh

Nuclear: 15 TWh

Wind: 14 TWh

Biomass: 2 TWh

Geothermal: 0 TWh

Solar: 0 TWh

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Image: A view of Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
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China

Coal: 2,759 TWh

Hydro: 585 TWh

Gas: 43 TWh

Oil: 24 TWh

Nuclear: 68 TWh

Wind: 13 TWh

Biomass: 2 TWh

Geothermal: 0 TWh

Solar: 0 TWh

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Image: Terracotta Army in Xian, China.
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North America

Coal: 2,266 TWh

Hydro: 678 TWh

Gas: 1,082 TWh

Oil: 117 TWh

Nuclear: 942 TWh

Wind: 60 TWh

Biomass: 82 TWh

Geothermal: 24 TWh

Solar: 3 TWh

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Image: Eaton Center, Toronto, Canada.
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European Union

Coal: 940 TWh

Hydro: 327 TWh

Gas: 786 TWh

Oil: 105 TWh

Nuclear: 937 TWh

Wind: 119 TWh

Biomass: 110 TWh

Geothermal: 6 TWh

Solar: 7 TWh

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Eurasia

Coal: 438 TWh

Hydro: 284 TWh

Gas: 655 TWh

Oil: 33 TWh

Nuclear: 299 TWh

Wind: 1 TWh

Biomass: 3 TWh

Geothermal: 0 TWh

Solar: 0 TWh

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Latin America

Coal: 37 TWh

Hydro: 673 TWh

Gas: 146 TWh

Oil: 157 TWh

Nuclear: 21 TWh

Wind: 1 TWh

Biomass: 30 TWh

Geothermal: 3 TWh

Solar: 0 TWh

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Africa

Coal: 260 TWh

Hydro: 95 TWh

Gas: 176 TWh

Oil: 74 TWh

Nuclear: 13 TWh

Wind: 1 TWh

Biomass: 1 TWh

Geothermal: 1 TWh

Solar: 0 TWh

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Japan

Coal: 288 TWh

Hydro: 76 TWh

Gas: 283 TWh

Oil: 139 TWh

Nuclear: 258 TWh

Wind: 3 TWh

Biomass: 22 TWh

Geothermal: 3 TWh

Solar: 2 TWh

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World

Coal: 8,273 TWh

Hydro: 3,208 TWh

Gas: 4,303 TWh

Oil: 1,104 TWh

Nuclear: 2,731 TWh

Wind: 219 TWh

Biomass: 267 TWh

Geothermal: 65 TWh

Solar: 13 TWh


Image: Perth, Australia.
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