The UK’s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and project developer Horizon Nuclear Power have welcomed a technical and economic assessment that delivering a clean energy system ought to include a significant proportion of new nuclear capacity. The analysis by Energy Systems Catapult says committing to a further 10 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity beyond EDF Energy/CGN’s Hinkley Point C project is a “low-regrets option”, but that costs needed to fall significantly if the technology was to fulfil its long-term potential. Birmingham, England-based Energy Systems Catapult – an independent, not-for-profit organisation for industry, government, academia and research – also says a small modular light water reactor (SMR) programme should proceed, and that SMR designs that can deliver cogeneration of heat and power are “worth particular attention”. The Nuclear for Net Zero report also describes how nuclear could also play a big part in driving the growth of the hydrogen economy and providing district heating, placing the sector at the heart of deep decarbonisation across the UK, where transport, buildings and industry will need to reduce emissions arising from burning fossil fuels, predominantly gas.
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