While the cost price of renewables plunges, that of post-Fukushima nuclear explodes. But the industry has a few ways to reduce the addition. Is global warming poised to rehabilitate nuclear energy, an energy that emits very little CO 2 ? Hence the idea defended by EDF and the uranium miners to replace thermal assets with nuclear to achieve carbon neutrality. A bet far from being won. The climate emergency means going very quickly towards decarbonization. However, the construction time of new nuclear reactors is very long: fourteen and a half years, according to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019, against approximately five years for solar and wind farms.
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