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Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-beyond-electricity

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

A startup looking at proposals to build a small modular reactor in Estonia by the middle of next decade has said it is set to begin the process of site selection for a first unit.

Fermi Energia’s founder and chief executive officer Kalev Kallemets said in a television interview that no decision had been made about a site, but that authorities in the municipality of Viru-Nigula, in the north of the country, were interested.

Mr Kallemets said: “If we do not deal with this discussion and research today, then in 10 years it could be too late and the opportunity will be gone”. He said Estonia needs to consider new generation SMR technology to maintain energy independence and achieve climate neutrality.

He said an “optimistic scenario” provides for the first plat to begin operation in the early 2030s.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fermi-energia-to-begin-site-selection-for-first-smr-1-1-2020