The resources in this section provide information about the economics of nuclear energy, including the cost of power plants, project financing considerations and trends, incentives and markets.
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 reviews nuclear district heating implementations from seven countries in Europe, complete with cost benefit analysis and sensitivity analysis. Seven of the eleven cases reviewed were found to be cost effective, and potential for system expansion was found in the UK and France.
This journal article addresses recent trends in the private finance of nuclear power projects. The authors focus on the changing risk factors and ownership structures that can be employed to mitigate risk as well as contractual arrangements that can lower the fiscal burden associated with nuclear power projects for both governmental and private investors.
This journal article presents a study to evaluate the status of small modular nuclear reactors and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)-assisted desalination projects for the Middle East and North Africa region. The authors (1) discuss the potential of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for adopting nuclear reactors and coupled nuclear reactor desalination, (2) examine the theoretical and computational techniques that could be best suited for adopting nuclear desalination and (3) discuss the techno-economics analysis of CAREM and SMART nuclear reactors with cost estimation.