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Agency warns of project delays and cost overruns Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions report says nuclear will need government support to play larger role in the future energy system. Logo courtesy IEA. Nuclear power is building ‘momentum’ in many countries as soaring fuel and energy prices are pushing governments to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and boost energy security, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The report “Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions” said nuclear can help reduce CO2 emissions and allow energy systems to integrate higher shares of intermittent solar and wind power. Building these “clean energy systems” will be harder without nuclear power, the report said.

“In today’s context of the global energy crisis, skyrocketing fossil fuel prices, energy security challenges and ambitious climate commitments, I believe nuclear power has a unique opportunity to stage a comeback,” said IEA director Fatih Birol.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
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Agency says new low-carbon technologies including advanced reactors will be crucial to achieving net zero The IAEA says new low-carbon technologies such as nuclear hydrogen production or small and advanced reactors will be crucial to achieving net zero. The International Atomic Energy Agency has revised upwards its projections for the potential growth of commercial nuclear power capacity for the first time since the Fukushima-Daiichi accident more than a decade ago – suggesting that with significant action including an accelerated implementation of new nuclear technologies, it could double by 2050.

The Vienna-based agency said the change in its annual outlook for nuclear does not yet mark a new trend, but it comes as the world aims to move away from fossil fuels to fight climate change. Many countries are considering the introduction of nuclear power to boost reliable and clean energy production.

In the high case scenario of its new outlook, the IAEA now expects world nuclear generating capacity to double to 792 GW (net) by 2050 from 393 GW last year. Compared with the previous year’s high case projection of 715 GW by 2050, the estimate has been revised up by just over 10%.

The realisation of the IAEA’s high case scenario would require significant actions, including an accelerated implementation of innovative nuclear technologies. The low case projections indicate that world nuclear capacity by 2050 would remain essentially the same as now, at 392 GW.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
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The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, according to a new briefing released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 11 August. In the run up to the COP 21 meeting in Glasgow, UNECE argues that nuclear power can help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNECE, set up in 1947, is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member states in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Western Asia.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
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The deployment of microreactors in the short-to-medium term could support energy markets not available to large nuclear plants, but some significant challenges must be overcome for them to capture new market shares. In the longer term, they will be able to contribute to decarbonisation efforts. These are amongst the findings of a recently published technical report from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
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US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan on 24 June met to launch a new updated and revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reinvigorate and expand energy cooperation between their departments, accelerate the clean energy transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, and provide reliable, efficient and resilient grid operations. At the meeting, the USA and Canada also released the North American Renewable Integration Study (NARIS), a first-of-its-kind analysis detailing the benefits of integrating renewable energy across the continent and helping to accelerate the countries’ respective goals to achieve a clean power system.

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Rolls Royce on 17 June launched its report, “Leading the Transition to Net Zero Carbon” setting out its near-term actions to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest. “Our pathway shows how we will focus our technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling significant elements of the global economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, and power generation,” the company said. “This includes the development of new technologies, enabling an accelerated take-up of sustainable fuels and driving step-change improvements in efficiency.”

Date: Thursday, 24 June 2021
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Canada’s Kinectrics said on 7 June that it proposes to design, build and operate a world-class campus for innovation in clean energy, known as Helius. The focus of this campus will be on the development, testing, qualification and long-term support of clean energy technologies. This campus will be enabled by collaboration with Canada’s leading research institutions, industry, technology developers, and organisations focused on the future of global energy, with a common goal between collaborators of ensuring a clean, reliable, affordable low-carbon energy future. “Kinectrics is excited to be leading the way in supporting the development, testing and commercialisation of SMRs, providing the critical infrastructure required to accelerate their introduction around the world. This initiative will help to create long term jobs in Ontario,” said Kinectrics President and CEO David Harris.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated Ontario Tech University as a Collaborating Centre to support IAEA activities on advanced nuclear power technology, including small modular reactors (SMRs), as well as the non‑electric applications of nuclear energy. The institution is the first in Canada to receive such a designation.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a clear mandate, but the climate crisis and the economic impact of the pandemic mean that, on behalf of its Member States, it needs to have a more visible presence than has traditionally been the case, its director general said yesterday during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which is being held this week by the US Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association. Speaking as part of the forum's first session - Executive Panel: From Plans to Actions - Rafael Mariano Grossi said the IAEA is therefore collaborating even more with other organisations to offer its "unique perspective".

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
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Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
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