An advanced technology that uses nuclear energy to produce high temperature heat for industry could be an important tool in cutting carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, said experts at an IAEA roundtable discussion today. The technology, which is expected to be deployable in coming years, could add to low carbon energy sources for use for transportation and a number of industrial applications requiring high temperature heat. Unlike typical reactors, high temperature reactors are particularly suitable to generate high temperature process heat in addition to electricity. High temperature heat from advanced nuclear reactors may be able to have a direct role in climate change mitigation as an alternative energy source for industrial processes. Experts from China, Poland, Japan and the United States discussed the potential of utilizing this new technology.
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