IEA: nuclear power can play a major role in transition to low emissions energy systems; Russia, China leading on new reactor starts - News Summed Up

IEA: nuclear power can play a major role in transition to low emissions energy systems; Russia, China leading on new reactor starts


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



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