Nuclear Futures Workshop, Sussex

Date: 
Friday, 31 March, 2017 - 15:45

Researchers from TRANSrisk partners Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)Cambridge Econometrics (CE), and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETH Zürich) have participated in the 4th Nuclear Futures Seminar, and presented the UK and Swiss TRANSrisk case studies, both regarding the use of nuclear energy.

TRANSrisk case study in UK seeks to answer the overarching research question: "What low-carbon electricity generation options are available to reduce CO2 emissions while considering UK’s economic, political, social and environmental priorities?". More particularly, the study will among others explore the possible nuclear power technological options, as well as the social-economic and environmental costs/benefits and risks/uncertainties to supporting the development of new nuclear power electricity generation.

TRANSrisk case study in Switzerland seeks to answer the overarching research question: "How can we keep the lights on in Switzerland and increase the share of renewable electricity?". More specifically, the study will among others explore how intermittency risks can be affordably minimised, given dispatch possibilities and potential (daily and seasonal) generation, as well as which are the perceived benefits and fears for each technology for high-voltage electricity transmission.

Moreover, macroeconomic and emission results from Cambridge Econometrics' E3ME model regarding the contribution of UK nuclear power to low carbon pathways for climate change mitigation were presented.

The report on the context of the UK case study can be found here.

The report on the context of the Swiss case study can be found here.

Description on the E3ME model can be found here.

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