23rd February 2012
The Nuclear Fission Technology Roadmap report argues that Government should establish a research and development coordinating body and goes on to highlight the areas that Government should put at the centre of its research strategy.
The report has been produced by a consortium made up of the Energy Technologies Institute, the Energy Research Partnership, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Centre.
Dr David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute, welcomed the report: “Although new nuclear stations have a high initial cost, our own peer-reviewed UK modelling system, ESME – Energy System Modelling Environment – shows that in order to keep long-term costs down, nuclear must be a key part of the mix along with more efficient homes, carbon capture and storage, bioenergy and offshore wind. While it is possible to create a future energy system capable of meeting our 2050 emissions reductions targets without nuclear energy, it will come will too high a price tag to be realistic. As the report makes clear, given the infrastructure and skill base that will be needed, actions need to be taken now to avoid closing off the nuclear energy option unnecessarily. The Nuclear Fission Technology Roadmap report establishes an excellent base for the proposed coordinating body to work from and we look forward to hearing the response of policy makers and others to its recommendations.”
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