Nuclear power may not be very competitive as an electricity generation option, but a new UK National Nuclear Laboratory study looks at possible future roles for nuclear in providing not only electricity but also heat, hydrogen and synthetic fuels. On this basis, it says, the prospects look better. It has one net-zero carbon scenario with around 66GW of nuclear capacity installed by 2050, supplying a mix of heat, power and hydrogen. 13 GW of (light) water-cooled Small Modular Reactors (LWSMRs), run as co-gen/Combined Heat and Power units, supplies power and heat, for example feeding into local district heating (DH) networks, and 49 GW of Generation IV reactors supply power and hydrogen.
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