Flexible Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Systems

Flexible Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Systems provides a collection of technical analyses that, in the aggregate, demonstrate the current and potential future roles for nuclear energy in providing power system flexibility to meet energy demands. While the data and analysis presented may reveal differences between sections due to individual authors’ perspectives or focus, collectively they seek to explore the value of flexible nuclear energy.
 

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Key Points

Across the different chapters, several key points emerge:

  • There is already an established body of knowledge surrounding flexible operation of existing nuclear plants.
  • Innovation can increase the flexibility of existing nuclear reactors to produce both clean electricity and beneficial non-electric products.
  • Advanced reactors will present even more opportunities for flexibility in nuclear systems.
  • Nuclear flexibility can be key in enabling other clean energy sources.

Read the executive summary.

Contributions

The collated introductory sections provide more information about the purpose of this report, its format, and important background context for understanding power system flexibility.

International experts on nuclear flexibility developed the following sections:

Read the report's conclusion which summarizes the opportunities for energy system flexibility that nuclear can provide to realize the enormous potential of a wide range of low-emission energy sources.