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EPRI Report on the Role of Advanced Nuclear on Future Energy Markets in the US

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.

Sustainability: “Silver Buckshot or Bullet: Is a Future ‘Energy Mix’ Necessary?”

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.

Energies: Nuclear Power Learning and Deployment Rates; Disruption and Global Benefits Forgone

Peer-reviewed article in the journal Energies finds that had the rate of commercial nuclear deployment in the late-1960s to 1970s been maintained to the present day, nuclear power could now be around 10 percent of its current cost and could have substituted for 69,000 to 186,000 TWh of coal and gas generation—thereby avoiding up to 9.5 million deaths and 174 Gt CO2 emissions.

Understanding future emissions from low-carbon power systems by integration of life-cycle assessment and integrated energy modelling

Both fossil-fuel and non-fossil-fuel power technologies induce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, mainly due to their embodied energy requirements for construction and operation, and upstream CH4 emissions.

Energy For Humanity: Decarbonizing Cities with Advanced Nuclear

Read the Energy For Humanity publication that cites Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR® as “one of the promising molten salt-based reactor designs currently in development.”

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews: Feasibility of 100% Renewable Electricity Systems

Dr. Ben Heard and others publish in the journal Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews their analysis of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems and find that 24 academic studies published to-date provide no convincing evidence that basic feasibility criteria can be met.

Process Safety & Environmental Protection: J-value Assessment of Relocation Measures Post-Chernobyl and Fukushima

Article in the journal Process Safety & Environmental Protections examines the effectiveness of population relocation measures following the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011 and concludes that “relocation should be used sparingly if at all after any major nuclear accident.”

PNAS: Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar

Authors in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences find significant shortcomings in a study that concluded the feasibility of providing low-cost solutions to the grid with 100 percent penetration of wind, water and solar power in the continental U.S. “Policy makers should treat with caution any visions of a rapid, reliable, and low-cost transition to entire energy systems that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar, and hydroelectric power,” they write.

Annals of Nuclear Energy analysis of the economic advantages of the IMSR®

Peer-reviewed article in the Annals of Nuclear Energy provides analysis of the economic advantages of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) design vis-a-vis an advanced PWR, finding a similar energy cost structure but a much lower overnight cost.

OECD publication on nuclear energy and combating climate change

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency publication “Nuclear Energy: Combating Climate Change” explains that nuclear power, the largest low-carbon source of electricity in OECD countries, is the only available option for dispatchable low-carbon electricity and should form a critical element in any serious strategies towards decarbonization of the electricity sector.

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