UK to Power Electric Cars with Small Nuke Plants
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British Small Nuclear Plants Britain is leading the way in the use of small nuclear power plants as a renewable energy source.
The purpose is to replace coal and gas and to power a growing fleet of electric cars. The UK has 2 new and large nuclear plants going on line in 2025 and there are plans for more. The British government has pledged $71 million for R&D on small plants and hopes to have them operational in the 2020's.
Aging Energy Infrastructure
Britain's old coal and nuclear facilities are scheduled for shutdown by 2025. Because of that, there is strong demand for sources of low-carbon electricity to meet energy needs and also meet the nation's clean energy goals. That's the rationale and attraction for small nuclear power plants.
Small Nukes and Unprecedented Energy Demands
Experts say in the next decades there's going to be unprecedented demand for low carbon electricity capacity to replace coal and gas in the UK. And, also to power the UK's growing number of electric cars. The thinking is nothing matches nuclear power for scale and reliability. It's also renewable energy. The small facilities have low carbon emissions.
Small Nuclear Tech
The small reactors can produce up to 300 megawatts of electricity, which is about 20% of what a typical nuclear plant provides. They're usually factory manufactured offsite and are considered less expensive and more versatile than larger plants. It's a double set of renewables - using small nuclear plants to power electric cars.