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The report examines opportunities and challenges for policymakers, utilities, existing and startup energy companies, regulators, investors and other power-sector stakeholders, given advances in inherently safer technologies, a sharpened focus on the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector, and challenges faced by nuclear energy.

The authors of this journal article propose a nuclear renewable energy integration (NREI) system that incorporates nuclear and wind energies in combination with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) to yield hydrogen. The nuclear component is represented by a small modular gas-cooled reactor. The authors compare the economics of three cases: nuclear power plant, nuclear and wind-combined facility, and a nuclear-wind-hydrogen production facility, using wholesale electricity prices and market conditions from the PJM deregulated and the Mid-C regulated market hubs.

The authors of this journal article argue that for nuclear systems to be part of the clean energy future a shift towards more-efficient fuel cycles is required, in which (1) natural resources are saved, (2) nuclear waste are minimized, efficiently confined and safely disposed of, and (3) safety and proliferation-resistance are ensured.
This journal article provides an overview of the economics, opportunities, barriers and technology for nuclear desalination. The author proposes a value stack approach for desalination but acknowledges that the countries for which the technology would be most useful are generally not nuclear powers.
This conference paper reviews the technologies that are applicable to nuclear desalination. The authors conclude that combining thermal and membrane desalination processes and technologies within a hybrid plant scheme, particularly when coupled to Nuclear Power Plant PWR, can reduce desalinated water costs in dual-purpose stations, add flexibility and better match the demand to the combined water and power production, and minimize the environmental impact of power desalination plants.
This journal article reviews the adverse environmental impacts of nuclear desalination. Where marine impacts are concerned, the authors propose mitigation strategies based on alternative intake designs or cooling systems. Where atmospheric impacts are concerned, they propose looking into the coupling with the nuclear power source. They also examine public opinion trends and find increasing favourability.