Rethinking Deployment Scenarios for Advanced Reactors: Scalable Nuclear Energy for Zero-Carbon Synthetic Fuels and Products
EPRI is exploring how the full potential of nuclear energy can be brought to bear on the intertwined challenges of meeting future global energy demands, maintaining or improving quality of life, and mitigating environmental degradation.
Missing Link to a Livable Climate: How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver the Paris Goals
Read the report from Lucid Catalyst on How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver the Paris Goals.
This supplement to the IAEA’s Advanced Reactor Information System (ARIS) provides a summary about Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor on p. 243.
Read the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Advanced Reactors Information System (ARIS) status report on Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR®.
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan delivered a powerful keynote address at the Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference in Ottawa on February 27, 2020.
Minister O’Regan concluded his remarks by saying: “This is real. This is our mission. This is one of the rooms that can do it. And we are the country that can do it. Canada will lead. I believe that.”
As Americans experience record-breaking heat waves, floods, and wildfires this August, solutions to climate change are advancing, and getting introduced in the U.S. Congress. But do Americans understand the connection between energy, pollution, and climate? Which energy sources do they support?
ecoAmerica’s American Climate Perspectives Survey found year-over-year shifts in awareness and attitudes on key energy sources. The results show fairly accurate understanding and support for wind and solar energies, accurate understanding and low support for oil and coal energies, misconceptions of nuclear and natural gas energies, waning support for gas, and rising support for both existing nuclear energy and new nuclear technologies.
“Decarbonization will require deployment of low-carbon technologies, but analysts have struggled to quantify which ones could be deployed in practice—especially where technologies have faced public opposition,” according to a new paper in Energy Policy.
This paper looks at how public opinion can affect deployment of low-carbon energies, and nuclear power in particular.
In the paper, the authors attempt “to disentangle public opposition due to the dread of nuclear power from opposition stemming from its actuarial risk.”
The IMSR® is being developed at Terrestrial Energy as an SMR with an output of 190  MWe of electrical production. The use of a graphite moderator and a highly thermalized neutron spectrum gives multiple advantages for standard operations. The IMSR® also offers future fuel flexibility including the ability to utilize spent LWR fuel without reprocessing but by conversion to fluoride in a dry process.
EPRI’s findings suggest that for advanced nuclear to be deployed extensively in the US, new policies, innovation in technologies that significantly lower costs, and/or innovation in business models and markets to enable supplemental revenue streams, would be needed.
Article in the journal Sustainability posits that timely deployment of advanced nuclear like the IMSR®—”perfectly capable of providing all the energy humanity needs for centuries”—could be the silver bullet needed for achieving aggressive Paris climate targets.
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