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.
This journal article evaluates the potential for small modular reactors (SMRs) in the United States, develops a techno-economic assessment of SMRs and then uses the model to evaluate U.S. regulatory fees structures.
In these PNAS proceedings, the authors use interviews with 16 experts to evaluate two small modular reactor (SMR) designs based on engineering-economic assessment experiences. They provide estimates of the overnight cost and construction duration for five reactor-deployment scenarios that involve a large reactor and two light water SMRs.
This journal article investigates the costs of stand-alone renewable hybrid power plants on a Greek island and compares them to the cost of the currently used fossil-fuel-based conventional plant. The author shows that the higher cost of electricity of such a remote region can increase the competitiveness and promote the wider incorporation of technologies based on renewable energy sources.
This study was commissioned to provide an independent “outside-in” estimate of the cost and schedule risks of nuclear waste storage projects. The authors analyse cost and schedule risk profiles of 22 completed nuclear waste storage projects, 194 nuclear new builds and 31 underground mining projects.