The role of nuclear energy in the climate transition

24 Sep 2019

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🤔 What could be the role of nuclear in the climate transition?

Some findings of the recent @nuclearreport by @MycleSchneider @ShaunBurnie @macfound @boellfrance [pdf:], thanks to @MathiasB9 for the synthesis in Dutch []

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[1] Based on historical numbers, nuclear appears to be too slow to save the climate

[2] Currently, the rate of nuclear installment is barely sufficient to keep historical capacity running

[3] Fast built-up of renewables already overtakes nuclear-built up times of some countries. Wind energy installment went especially fast in some countries (Scotland for the win)

[4] Electricity from nuclear is 3 times as expensive than renewables

[5] Therefore, companies invest more in renewables then in nuclear

[6] Energy savings and renewables give much more CO2-reduction per euro compared to nuclear

[7] Only state companies are still building nuclear (which is not really an argument in favor / against, merely an observation)

[8] Even if the nuclear energy production process would be free, it would still be too expensive compared to renewables because of additional non-energy production related costs.

[9] Therefore, nuclear is getting pushed out of the market

Also explained, including for other countries, at @business :



Among other graphs: currently cheapest energy generation tech per country

[10] For an overview of historical state energy support, see Ecofys. KPMG, the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) and CE Delft study from 2014 :