To reach Net Zero we could be looking at the quadrupling of nuclear capacity, writes Ieuan Williams, Public Affairs Manager at the Nuclear Industry Association. The upcoming Energy White Paper is the perfect chance to inspire confidence in the sector, creating a compelling vision to bind the industry together, and a pathway to significant cost reductions, building on commitments within the Industrial Strategy. Readers may be familiar with the idea of Small Modular Reactors, or SMRs, then so-called 4th Gen Advanced Reactors, followed by every nation’s ultimate goal, Nuclear Fusion. These technologies represent the exciting future of the nuclear industry; however, such nascent designs will not become reality by sitting around and waiting for them to mature into viable, deployable options. The industry must be sustained in the meantime, and we must capitalise on the large-scale power generation that’s available today. The nuclear new build supply chain just about survived the wait between Sizewell B’s commissioning in 1995 to Hinkley Point C’s final go-ahead decision. Any hiatus in our current pipeline of new build projects will see crucial skills and talent retire or leave the sector altogether; investment will turn away, bringing our rich tale to a swift and concise ending. Collectively this industry can do it both, get on with building Wylfa Newydd, Sizewell C, Bradwell B and beyond; while in parallel developing the next generation of nuclear technologies and skills, simultaneously rebalancing the economy, guaranteeing our energy security, and making Net Zero by 2050 look easy.
Politics 2nd March 2020 read more »
For a long while now the UK’s foremost environmentalist (according to the Guardian) has been promoting new nuclear as a solution. Using his considerable platform for attacks on scientists who (increasingly bravely) speak out against the impact of the nuclear industry is bad enough. But Mr Monbiot also wrote on separate occasions directly to more than one grassroots antinuclear campaigner. The gist of his words was to tell activists to cease and desist with their antinuclear “bullshit” and to stop putting a spanner in the works of new nuclear.
Radiation Free Lakeland 2nd March 2020 read more »