UK-based Energy Systems Catapult said on 18 June that a new analysis has found that committing to a further 10GW of new nuclear beyond Hinkley Point C is a “low regrets” option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy. However, it stressed that costs need to fall significantly if the technology is to fulfil its long-term potential. The Nuclear for Net Zero report also strengthens the case that a small modular light water reactor (SMR) programme should proceed, similarly focused on the potential for cost-reduction. SMR designs that can deliver cogeneration of heat and power are worth particular attention, the report says. While wind – in particular offshore wind – now looks the key technology for decarbonising power in the coming decades, trying to meet Net Zero without any new nuclear would put the target at-risk unnecessarily and potentially make the shift to a low carbon economy more expensive, the report said.
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