COGENERATION of heat by new nuclear plants could help balance intermittent renewables and provide a low-carbon source of process heat for hydrogen production and domestic heating, says a report from The Royal Society. The nuclear industry currently produces huge volumes of unused heat. If this were tapped instead of wasted, process heat could be fed to industry to produce hydrogen, synthetic fuels and for desalination. Nuclear Cogeneration: civil nuclear in a low-carbon future explains that currently, around 65% of the energy generated by nuclear plants is lost as waste heat.
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