Building sustainable and clean energy systems will be harder, riskier and more expensive without nuclear, according to the new report, Nuclear power and secure energy transitions: From today’s challenges to tomorrow’s clean energy systems. Nuclear is today the second largest source of low emissions power after hydropower, with nuclear plants in 32 countries. However, a new era for nuclear power is by no means guaranteed. This includes small modular reactors (SMRs), which are generally defined as advanced nuclear reactors with a capacity of less than 300 megawatts—about one-third of a traditional plant. SMRs could also reuse the sites of retired fossil fuel power plants, taking advantage of existing transmission, cooling water and skilled workforces.
Source: The Guardian July 04, 2022 14:07 UTC