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Blueprint for cheaper nuclear power unveiled
The nuclear industry today set out an ambitious framework to cut the cost of constructing new power stations in the UK. In a new report, a cross-industry team (including LucidCatalyst), working as part of the Government-backed Nuclear Sector Deal, set out the key factors to reduce risk and bring down costs by 30% by 2030. It shows that nuclear power is vital to achieving Net Zero by 2050, whilst creating thousands of high quality jobs and economic opportunities across the country.
Green power needs to be dense power: Decarbonisation requires whole-system outcomes with technologies that are scalable
FINANCIAL TIMES – In planning how to decarbonise, policymakers should think about whole-system outcomes. They need power technologies in the mix that are scalable and dense. We are delighted that two recent LucidCatalyst studies were cited in this article by Jonathan Ford published on August 17, 2020 in the Financial Times. Subscribers can read the article by clicking on the Read More link below.
A new study by LucidCatalyst for the ARPA-E MEITNER program is the first to derive the highest allowable capital cost for advanced reactors
PRESS RELEASE – Advanced reactors that cost less than $3,000/kW will be attractive investments, and create the most value for plant owners. The study shows how advanced reactors can complement wind and solar. Together, these technologies drive down costs, reduce emissions, and improve performance in future U.S. electricity grids.
Building new nuclear capacity does not need to be risky or expensive, a new report from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has found
The NEA has called for government action to support a rapid reduction in the costs of new nuclear capacity by creating policy frameworks that capture and apply the lessons learned and capabilities developed over recent years. Kirsty Gogan joined a panel of key policy and industry experts at the webinar launch of the OECD NEA's new report and echoed calls for action, at the government level, to ensure nuclear plays its role in the future, decarbonized, energy mix.
BUSINESS GREEN – The goal is decarbonisation, not 100 percent renewables, and nuclear should be part of the climate equation, argue Energy for Humanity's Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll of the Energy Options Network. The dialogue at COP26 should seek to frame the discussion in terms of whole system thinking — across power, heat, industry and transport. How can we design the highest possible performing system — clean, reliable, affordable, flexible — with a diverse portfolio of technologies?
The world must look beyond sun and wind for hydrogen
FINANCIAL TIMES – Decarbonising liquid fuels is an enormous challenge; too big to place all our chips on one technology. We must explore all the available options, or learn to live with fewer substitutes for ubiquitous liquid fuels. LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll is cited on production costs of hydrogen as a clean substitute for carbon fuels.
What is Hydrogen Fuel? New ways of making hydrogen are set to transform the energy industry. Here's everything you need to know about the $145 billion market.
BUSINESS INSIDER – There's another reason the market for green hydrogen is set to grow: Even if we switch to renewable power, some industries will still be carbon-intensive, says Eric Ingersoll, a hydrogen market expert and managing director of the clean-energy consulting firm LucidCatalyst. Sourcing green hydrogen is a relatively easy way for industries to minimize their footprints. "In some ways, we're making a lot of progress with renewables, but we're not making the kind of progress we need with overall decarbonization," Ingersoll said. "People are starting to realize now that we need to have very practical solutions that can decarbonize our existing infrastructure."
EU must include nuclear power in its list of sustainable sources
FINANCIAL TIMES – Read our Open Letter in the Financial Times. The 53 signatories include notable climate scientists, academics, political leaders, regulators, climate NGOs, authors, artists, investors, as well as LC's Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll.
IAEA Event at COP25 Climate Change Conference Explores Decarbonization Strategies
IAEA – How can the world rapidly decarbonize the energy sector to meet both climate goals and a growing demand for energy? At an IAEA event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, LC's Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan join thought leaders and sustainable energy experts to discuss the role of low carbon energy options including nuclear power in national decarbonization strategies.
We need more of our climate solutions to be Impossible™ burgers
BUSINESS GREEN – We can't rely on behaviour change to stop climate change, argue Lucid Catalyst's Eric Ingersoll and Energy for Humanity's Kirsty Gogan. All our work is focused on urgency and scale. Our conclusions suggest that the lowest-risk pathways for a rapid transition will be to supply carbon-neutral substitutes for carbon intensive energy uses—and make them so similar that hardly anyone notices. Just like an impossible burger.
TITANS OF NUCLEAR | INTERVIEWING WORLD EXPERTS ON NUCLEAR ENERGY – Eric Ingersoll is one of the world’s leading climate change analysts and advisors. He discusses his life's work and the constraints of bringing carbon-free electricity to the entire world.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE – video about Canada’s Clean Energy Opportunity, featuring Kirsty Gogan This Spring, Canada hosted the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver where for the first time nuclear was recognized as an integral form of clean energy needed to address the climate crisis.
Environmentalists ‘may have to accept ‘taboo’ nuclear energy to decarbonise’
ENERGY LIVE NEWS – That’s the suggestion from Kirsty Gogan, who spoke as part of the panel at Energy Live Expo. She noted that although nuclear energy has long been considered a taboo subject within the environmental movement, it will have to play a part alongside all other low carbon options in the journey towards net zero energy supply.
Viewpoint: Why sustainable finance needs to be defined by evidence not ideology
WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – The speed and scale needed to stop climate change requires laser-like focus on evidence-based, and sometimes tough, decision-making. Recently we witnessed a welcome example of such evidence-based decision-making in Europe's energy and climate change policies, write LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll, Kirsty Gogan, and Rauli Partanen.
FINANCIAL TIMES – Letter from LucidCatalyst principals & NGO partners: Recently we witnessed rare, and welcome, evidence-based decision-making on Europe's energy and climate change policies. The decision by the European Council to support the Finnish presidency's wording in favour of renewable and climate-neutral energy sources leaves the door open for nuclear energy to be classified as green in the new EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy.
Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future
WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – Speaking at NNWI Forum 2019: Nuclear energy as part of Europe's energy mix, Kirsty Gogan, of LucidCatalyst and Energy for Humanity, stressed: "The vast majority of nuclear new build that's happening around the world today is extremely competitive and being built over sensible schedules." In order to attain the UK's target of net-zero by 2050, a median of about 45 GWe of new nuclear capacity will be needed, she said. This will require a build programme to begin in earnest in 2021, building on average 1.5 new projects every year from 2021 to 2044, with an average of six years for construction.
Why it is our business to support Extinction Rebellion
In a statement from Alison Baker, Founder, Ally Bee Knitwear & Co-founder of In The Drink UK, she writes about her company's commitment to support the Extinction Rebellion movement: "The burgeoning Extinction Rebellion movement does not put forward a definitive range of preferred options for mitigating against climate heating, instead it advocates the tough decisions be put to the people for decision making. Woodhall's fellow panelist, Kirsty Gogan of Energy for Humanity and LucidCatalyst, agreed ..."
Conference reveals growing optimism for small reactors
NEI MAGAZINE – The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) five-day International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power in Vienna revealed a growing optimism about the potential role of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs). The vast majority of new-build projects around the world are delivering very low cost, successful nuclear programs, achieved through repeat builds, a programmatic approach, and building up skills and capabilities within the supply chain, labor force and project leadership team,” said Kirsty Gogan of LucidCatalyst...
IAEA Conference / Nuclear Industry ‘Looking For Ways To Cut Construction Times And Costs’
NUCNET – Kirsty Gogan, partner at LucidCatalyst, told the #Atoms4Climate conference at the IAEA Vienna headquarters that most new-build projects are delivering very low-cost, successful nuclear programmes, achieved through repeat builds, a programmatic approach, and building up skills and capabilities within the supply chain, labour force and project leadership team.