the France 2030 plan presented by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron prepares for the emergence of new trends, from electric cars to the extensive use of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Among the avenues that would make it possible to reduce the use of conventional fossil fuels, there is the path of SMR (Small Modular Reactor), these low-power miniaturized nuclear reactors which could, depending on the model, supply particularly energy-intensive factories and industries or complete low-density electrical networks … or even replace coal-fired power plants.
Around 70 SMR projects are under study around the world and France has its own in the form of the project Nuward developed by EDF with TechnicAtome, Naval Group and CEA, and which could constitute a micro-power plant, safer and “with better waste management“.
Composed of two reactors producing 170 MW each, for a total of 340 MW (against 1,000 to 1,700 MW for a large power plant), it will use PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) technology which is also that used in French power plants.
Emmanuel Macron has announced that he wants to make an investment of 1 billion euros over the next few years to accelerate the development of this type of reactor and make France a very present player.
This will include going beyond the functional project stage to reach that of industrial production while reducing costs. If it will be much less powerful than a power station by producing only a few hundred megawatts, it will also be ten times cheaper, making it possible to consider creating clusters of these mini-reactors.
The investment in this particular area suggests in any case that nuclear energy remains an energy production technology still relevant in the French strategy for the coming years.
Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.
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