As the nuclear industry wraps up a challenging decade, advocates for the power source are weighing where to fit the next wave of reactors into a U.S. energy marketplace increasingly focused on carbon emissions. And they’re not just planning to produce electricity. Nuclear developers are finding alternative uses, from hydrogen production to water desalination, for the next generation of smaller, more flexible and more efficient reactor concepts — should they earn regulatory approval. Industry leaders bet that winning new markets can turn the page on the cost overruns, competitive pressures and power plant closures that punctuated the 2010s. New revenue streams may help the nuclear sector stay afloat over the coming decades as cheap natural gas and renewable energy, along with flat electricity demand, are forecast to financially hurt the bigger, legacy nuclear plants.
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