This thesis explores the role of nuclear power plants as load followers in a hybrid renewable energy system using thermal energy storage. In this case, the author describes a prismatic-core advanced high temperature reactor operating at constant power with molten salt storage supplying power to a secondary energy conversion system. The discussion includes a description of the model and its safety features.
There are a wide variety of applications for nuclear energy technologies, from power generation to nonelectric uses, such as desalinization of seawater to produce drinking water, hydrogen production, heat for industrial processes and district heating, and nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems.
This journal article details the integration concept of solar photovoltaics into a small nuclear power plant. The concept also details the role of thermal energy storage in the hybrid plant.
This work presented in this journal articles uses the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model to analyze the impacts of four nuclear retirement scenarios of the U.S. electricity sector, from nuclear plant lifetimes of 50 to 80 years. According to the analysis, longer nuclear lifetimes resulted in lower cumulative and annual carbon emissions, lower transmission builds, and higher energy curtailment and water usage.
This journal article describes a virtual power plant arrangement that combines intermittent offshore wind farm production with firming capacity generated by small to medium-sized reactors. The authors found that the combined system offered several advantages including improved economic performance, flexibility, and reliability.