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Eric Ingersoll's Titans of Nuclear interview

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.

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.

IAEA Climate Conference Ends with Call for Major Nuclear Role

IAEA – As global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise despite increasing use of renewables, the nuclear power industry is looking to lessons from its past success as well as innovations on the horizon in a bid to cut construction times and costs and accelerate the global transition to low carbon energy. “The vast majority of newbuild projects around the world 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,” said Kirsty Gogan.

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.

A low-carbon future needs partnerships

WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – Kirsty Gogan of LucidCatalyst discusses the role of nuclear and partnerships in the clean energy transition at the IAEA Atoms4Climate conference.

Cutting nuclear funding curbs action on climate

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.

Latest ETI report supports development of large, small and advanced modular reactors in UK's transition to a low carbon economy

EDF ENERGY – The Energy Technologies Institute has issued a new report today calling for an update to the role for nuclear in the UK's transition to a low carbon economy. The report summarises the learnings from the ETI's Nuclear Cost Drivers project by LucidCatalyst, and applies these to the ETI's ESME whole system modelling tool. The report states that new plants can form a major part of an affordable low carbon transition and that large-scale nuclear reactors are best suited for baseload electricity.

Clearing the air on energy: more clearing needed  International Energy Agency boss delivers sobering reality check on global energy trends

BUSINESS VANCOUVER – Interesting piece about Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum, and mention of the flexible nuclear campaign, an initiative that LucidCatalyst is working on.

Steep decline in nuclear power would threaten energy security and climate goals

IEA – With nuclear power facing an uncertain future in many countries, the world risks a steep decline in its use in advanced economies that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. LucidCatatalyst's Kirsty Gogan was a reviewer of this report.

IMechE co-hosts prestigious nuclear engineering conference in London

IMechE – Kirsty Gogan speaks at the 26th annual International Conference on Nuclear Engineering in London. One of the standout features of the conference was the pre-eminence of China, which is fast becoming the world leader in civil nuclear energy.

Making nuclear new build competitive

FINANCIAL TIMES – Letter from LucidCatalyst principals, Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan, making the case for cost competitive nuclear new build projects in the UK...There is strong evidence that significant cost reductions are possible: outside Europe and the US, high quality nuclear plants are being delivered on time and at a third of the cost.

To Combat Climate Change, Do We Need the Nuclear Option?

MIT ENERGY INITIATIVE – Jacopo Buongiorno, director of MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, says nuclear power plays a key role in the future of energy, as shown in MIT's study. LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll and Andrew Foss were members of the study team that produced "The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World."

Nuclear build costs could fall by over 35% using global learnings

NUCLEAR ENERGY INSIDER – New nuclear plants could become competitive in Europe and North America if developers prioritize labor deployment, project governance and other drivers which have slashed costs in Asia, according to U.K.'s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), in its recently published report on cost drivers and cost reduction opportunities for nuclear new build projects, by LucidCatalyst (formerly Lucid Strategy and CleanTech Catalyst).

Identifying the Cost Drivers of Nuclear Projects

WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – Peter Haslam, NIA head of policy, said of LucidCatalyst's ETI Cost Drivers study: "This evidence-led report shows new nuclear need not be expensive, and identifies key areas of nuclear plant design, construction and operation that could deliver significant cost reductions, through joint action by all parties."

UK report identifies how to reduce nuclear costs

ENGERATI – UK-based Energy Technologies Institute has released a report which highlights how to reduce the associated costs with developing new nuclear projects within the UK. The report identifies the most efficient practices used in other nuclear energy programmes from across the world and explains how these systems can be implemented into new nuclear developments in the UK. Kirsty Gogan, director of the consultancy which managed the research project, emphasised that the results clearly show that there are a series of transformative systems that can be applied to the UK nuclear industry.

An ETI report identified cost drivers to support investment in new nuclear power.

GET INTO NUCLEAR – The ETI has today released a summary report from its Nuclear Cost Drivers project (by LucidCatalyst, formerly Lucid Strategy and CleanTech Catalyst) which identifies eight key cost drivers and thirty five credible opportunities to reduce the cost of generating electricity using nuclear power. The ETI believes that there is significant cost reduction potential in the UK, though this will be dependent on all principal actors working together to deliver an integrated cost reduction programme, including the application of learning and a focus on delivering efficiencies in direct and indirect labour supporting nuclear power projects.

Report Highlights How UK Can Cut Nuclear Costs

POWER ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL – Independent project reviewer Dr. Tim Stone said that the ETI Cost Drivers report (by LucidCatalyst, formerly Lucid Strategy and CleanTech Catalyst) has assembled the best data yet collected and taken a formal analysis together with carefully gathered qualitative views of the project professionals who have led a number of different projects where anonymity has enabled a great deal of transparency and honesty.