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Our global thought leadership has enabled a shift in thinking on climate change solutions and the difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of coal-for-power, industrial heat, and heavy transport. This curated list of publications includes articles and reports we've produced, contributed to, or see as offering a key perspective on accelerating the clean energy transition.

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SUPERCHARGING THE CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION

Terra Praxis

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April 2024

At Terra Praxis, we are forging commercially viable pathways to Net Zero that will cost-effectively decarbonize hundreds of gigawatts of new and existing assets while sustaining the economic and social benefits that major industrial energy users provide to society. Read our Annual Review to learn how we are setting things in motion.

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REPOWER
Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis

2023 Impact Report

Founders Pledge

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April 2024

Founders Pledge is a remarkable organization and donor network that is leading the charge in funding cutting-edge solutions to global challenges often overlooked by mainstream philanthropy and investors. Terra Praxis is grateful and proud to be one of their grantees.

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Terra Praxis

Accelerating a Carbon-Free Future

Microsoft

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December 2023

Terra Praxis welcomes the leadership being demonstrated by Microsoft in recognizing the critical role of advanced nuclear in the clean energy transition. On “Energy Day” at COP28, Microsoft published a comprehensive new policy brief on the vital role of nuclear energy in meeting our clean energy goals. The REPOWER collaboration with Terra Praxis is cited as an example of how Microsoft is working with partners to leverage digital technology to support an inclusive decarbonized energy system.

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REPOWER
Terra Praxis

RISE3D Journal

NICE Future initiative

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December 2023

To accelerate the replacement of unabated coal plants with new, advanced nuclear technologies and to bring about breakthrough nuclear innovations, the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future initiative (NICE Future) launched a campaign to Research the Impacts on Social Equity and Economic Empowerment (RISE3). Terra Praxis is proud to have contributed to the second volume of the RISE3D journal! This journal provides expert resources alongside a blueprint for countries transitioning to a clean and just energy economy with nuclear innovation as a key pillar.

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REPOWER
Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis
Energy System Modeling
Nuclear Basics & Communications

Mass Acquisition of Early Site Permits for Coal-to-Nuclear Repowering

Breakthrough Institute

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November 2023

Terra Praxis both contributed to and is cited in this program which presents a strategic solution to catalyze but not to own the repowering of fossil fuel sites through regulatory innovation. By mitigating regulatory uncertainties and leveraging existing resources, the proposed program will propel the transition towards cleaner and sustainable energy sources, addressing the imminent challenges of energy transition and environmental preservation.

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Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
REPOWER
Terra Praxis

REPOWER: Derisking and Accelerating the Energy Transition

atw

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November 2023

Mainstream energy transition models prioritize cost optimization and overlook critical factors related to the feasibility of building massive amounts of new clean energy infrastructure, including socio-political, cultural, commercial, and financial aspects. These omissions lead to greatly overstating the potential for deployment and create a dangerous gap between the decarbonization pathways proposed and the real world of project development. This, in turn, leads to ill-informed policy targets and inadequate implementation plans.

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REPOWER
Terra Praxis

RISKS TO THE ENERGY TRANSITION

Terra Praxis

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August 2023

This brief report, based on work done by the Terra Praxis team since 2018, summarizes analysis of the risks to the clean energy transition in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, and outlines the immediate risks that must be anticipated and mitigated to ensure progress toward a Net Zero future. It also sets out how, by diversifying the portfolio of emissions-free technologies, aligning targets with feasibility analysis, and implementing risk-informed strategies, we can mitigate the key risks and help drive a successful transition.

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REPOWER
Risks to the Energy Transition
Zero-Carbon Fuels
Terra Praxis

Practical limitations on renewables

Bela HANRATTY

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August 2023

In this article, Belá gives an insightful brief on the important issue of land constraints for clean technology rollout. He makes an emphasis on the fact that If not addressed, this constraint -among others- will put the clean energy transition at risk.

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Risks to the Energy Transition

Why coal-fired power plants should get nuclear-ready

Elsevier Ltd.

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June 2023

The need to decarbonize the energy sector will leave infrastructure and workers of retired coal-fired power plants behind. From an environmental point of view coal-fired power plants should neither be built nor operated. If these plants are built/operated though, they should be designed in a way that they can be swiftly transformed to provide low-carbon energy. They should be designed to be nuclear-ready.

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REPOWER

Climate Solution Profile: Repowering the Global Coal Fleet by 2050

Terra Praxis

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May 2023

The Terra Praxis ‘Repowering Coal’ system is a fast, low-cost repeatable strategy to repower hundreds of existing coal plants that would otherwise continue to burn coal, and whose closure is likely to encounter fierce political resistance and cause economic harm to communities. This initiative is designed for radical cost reduction to enable production of reliable, competitive, clean energy, rapidly repowering the 2TW global coal fleet and cutting carbon emissions by 40%.

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REPOWER
Terra Praxis
Risks to the Energy Transition

Laying the Foundation for New and Advanced Nuclear Reactors in the United States

National Academies

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May 2023

This new National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report discusses how the US could support the successful commercialization of advanced nuclear reactors with near-term actions to establish policies and practices. Kirsty Gogan is a member of the Committee responsible for this report.

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Risks to the Energy Transition

The world wants nuclear

ClearPath, Potential Energy Coalition, Replanet, Third Way

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May 2023

In what is probably the most comprehensive recent multinational survey of public attitudes to nuclear energy, the authors find strong public support for advanced nuclear technologies and what they can bring. This report describes a rigorous and objective study, the perceptions and misperceptions people share, and the top ten findings, which collectively lead to the conclusion that “the world wants new nuclear.” Terra Praxis was on the study Advisory Committee.

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Nuclear Basics & Communications

Terra Praxis 2022 Annual Review

Terra Praxis

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March 2023

Widespread impacts from climate change are already here. Our actions in this critical decade will determine the full extent of future impacts on our children and grandchildren. In our 2022 Annual Review, you will see how, with our world-class sustainability partners, Terra Praxis is the only entity designing a scalable, rapid repowering system to decarbonize the entire global coal fleet by 2050. This is how we plan to eliminate one-third of global carbon emissions and provide a method for supplying affordable, reliable, and emissions-free energy to billions of people.

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Terra Praxis
REPOWER
Risks to the Energy Transition
Zero-Carbon Fuels

Can Advanced Nuclear Repower Coal Country?

Bipartisan Policy Center

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March 2023

With nearly a quarter of the U.S. coal-fired fleet scheduled to retire by 2029, replacing retiring coal power plants with advanced nuclear, specifically small modular reactors (SMR), has been put forth as a strategy to maintain local employment and economic opportunities for existing energy workers and communities, while simultaneously pursuing national climate goals.

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REPOWER

Repowering a Coal Power Plant Steam Cycle Using Modular Light-Water Reactor Technology

MDPI, Energies 2023, 16

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March 2023

This article presents the results of a techno-economic analysis of repowering a coal-fired power plant’s steam turbine system to instead accept heat produced by a pressurized water reactor-type small modular nuclear system (PWR SMR). This type of repowering presents a challenge due to the significantly lower steam pressure and temperature produced by the nuclear system.

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REPOWER

Climate Solution Profile: Missing Link to a Livable Climate (Brief)

Terra Praxis

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February 2023

In September 2020, Terra Praxis and LucidCatalyst published the Missing Link to a Livable Climate report. This brief contains its main findings, key messages, and interesting facts on how we can still meet the Paris Goals with proven, ready technology and with no major investments.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Terra Praxis

How small modular nuclear reactors can help decarbonize power grids

KPMG

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January 2023

US climate change not-for-profit Terra Praxis has proposed repowering 5,000 to 7,000 coal plants globally with SMRs between 2030 and 2050. Whether replacing coal in power plants or supplying industrial processes, SMR reactors have the potential to be installed in a packaged fashion based on standardized designs and processes. This should mean they can be deployed more quickly and with greater certainty over the like of outcomes, costs and regulatory approvals than nuclear power has to date.

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REPOWER
Small Modular Reactors
Terra Praxis

Growing the Grid: A Plan to Accelerate California’s Clean Energy Transition

EDF and Clean Air Task Force

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October 2022

Terra Praxis informs a report published by Clean Air Task Force & Environmental Defense Fund.

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Risks to the Energy Transition

Coal Repowering White Paper Series: Repowering Coal-Fired Power Plants for Advanced Nuclear Generation

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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October 2022

This white paper by EPRI sheds light on the benefits to repowering coal plants into clean energy generators. Repowering offers many advantages, including the potential to reuse existing site infrastructure, operating and environmental permits, equipment, facilities, and water usage for future clean power generation and energy storage facilities. It can also provide social and economic benefits to the surrounding community through retention of jobs and tax base.

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REPOWER

Nuclear-Hydrogen Digest: Nuclear Energy in the Hydrogen Economy

NICE Future initiative

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September 2022

The NICE Future initiative published a digest which showcases examples of leading nuclear produced hydrogen initiatives which can be used to power hard-to-electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry. Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan were honoured to contribute both a Foreword and a chapter.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Terra Praxis

Small Modular Reactors: A new nuclear energy paradigm

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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September 2022

Read this if you want to get a quick and realistic understanding of how SMRs could be a game-changer. This new report from the IAEA, available as a pre-print, is the secretariats' view on SMRs. It talks about three major areas (1) Understanding SMRs (2) What will it take to make SMRs a success and (3) What's next for SMRs. The last chapter provides a comprehensive list of IAEA activities to support the SMR deployment.

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Small Modular Reactors
REPOWER

Investigating Benefits and Challenges of Converting Retiring Coal Plants into Nuclear Plants: Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Supply Chain

US Department of Energy

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September 2022

This DOE study estimates potential savings for coal plant owners, and benefits for regions: “To replace a large coal plant, nuclear overnight costs of capital could decrease by 15%-35% when compared to greenfield construction, through the reuse of infrastructure. This aligns with Terra Praxis estimates: “Converting plants to run on AMRs will deliver capital cost saving of 28%-35% (compared with new nuclear plant) and 9%-28% reduction in levelized cost of energy.” (WNN, 2022a). This is also consistent with analysis based on Kairos Power SMR design (Bartela et al., 2021), and C2N#3 approach.

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REPOWER

Repowering a Coal Power Unit with Small Modular Reactors and Thermal Energy Storage

MDPI, Energies 2022, 15

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August 2022

Repowering coal plant infrastructure with clean heat sources such as nuclear and geothermal energy is crucial if we want to reach the Paris Goals of Net Zero by 2050. Luckily, several colleagues and organzations are now doing very through analysis to turn this into a reality. This article, written by our colleagues from QuantifiedCarbon (QCL) proposes and analyzes a solution that will enable the flexibility of electricity production of new nuclear energy while avoiding the stranding of existing fossil fuel assets and local job losses.

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REPOWER

Hawkeye State Headwinds: A Case Study of Local Opposition & Siting Challenges for Large Scale Wind Development In Iowa

ClearPath and LucidCatalyst

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July 2022

Terra Praxis informs a report published by LucidCatalyst & ClearPath. Terra Praxis colleagues John Herter and Ian Woodhouse conducted transmission and interconnection queue analysis for this report.

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis

Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions: From Today's Challenges to Tomorrow's Clean Energy Systems

International Energy Agency (IEA)

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June 2022

This report examines how nuclear energy can help address the crises of energy and climate. The team acknowledges benefitting from Terra Praxis' work: “the replacement of coal-fired plants with SMRs, such as that of Terra Praxis which aims to prepare standardized and pre-licensed designs supported by automated project development and design tools.” “In today’s context, I believe nuclear power has a unique opportunity to stage a comeback,” said IEA's head Fatih Birol.

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REPOWER
Terra Praxis

Terra Praxis 2021 Annual Review

Terra Praxis

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April 2022

Climate change is an energy problem. We only have 28 years to replace fossil fuels and double our overall energy supply. Our programs could accelerate the reduction of global carbon emissions by repurposing trillions of dollars of existing infrastructure to supply clean, affordable, and reliable energy to billions of people. As you reflect on our 2021 Annual Review, we hope you will be as energized as we are by our success in mobilizing a broad coalition of public and private sector leaders and building momentum for innovative climate solutions.

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Terra Praxis
REPOWER
Zero-Carbon Fuels
Nature & Sustainability (UNSDG)

Nuclear Law: The Global Debate

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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January 2022

IAEA Director General and leading experts discuss current issues in nuclear energy in this new book by the IAEA. Our Missing Link report (Missing Link to a Livable Climate: How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver Paris Goals) is referenced and discussed in Chapter 6 "The Challenge of Climate Change—Complete Energy Transformation: No Nuclear, No Net Zero," by Tim Stone, and also in Chapter 13 "The Humanitarian Atom: The Role of Nuclear Power in Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals," by Sama Bilbao y León and John Lindberg.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Nature & Sustainability (UNSDG)
Nuclear Basics & Communications

Repowering Coal Power in China by Nuclear Energy – Implementation Strategy and Potential

MDPI, Energies 2022, 15

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January 2022

This article discusses a sustainable low-carbon development strategy that uses nuclear heat sources to replace coal boilers at existing coal power plants in China, to help support a resource and cost-effective low-carbon development. Based on the local situation in China, a three-stage strategy to explore the potential of repowering coal power by nuclear energy is proposed. The main focus of this study is to conduct a more detailed exploration of the 1st stage of this strategy, which includes coal plants located on the coast in regions that already have nuclear power installations.

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REPOWER

Beautiful Nuclear

LucidCatalyst

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January 2022

This excellent report skillfully shows how nuclear energy helps meet all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. No other electricity generation technology can match this diversity of beneficial impacts... The NNWI strongly endorses “Beautiful Nuclear: Driving Deep Decarbonization”. - Tim Yeo, Chair, The New Nuclear Watch Institute and former Chair of the UK Environment Select Committee

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Nature & Sustainability (UNSDG)
Nuclear Basics & Communications
Terra Praxis

An Assessment of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant for Zero-Carbon Electricity, Desalination, and Hydrogen Production

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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November 2021

Extending the life of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant has the potential to help California meet the increasing challenges of climate change by providing clean, safe and reliable electricity, water and hydrogen fuel for Californians, according to this new study by researchers at Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems. Terra Praxis' Chief Scientist, Justin Aborn performed the analysis in and wrote Chapters 3 and 4.

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis

Superhot Rock Geothermal: A Vision for Zero-Carbon Energy "Everywhere"

Clean Air Task Force

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October 2021

Superhot rock (SHR) has been called the “holy grail” of geothermal energy—because, in most of the world, SHR could provide competitive, zero-carbon, dispatchable power and support zero-carbon hydrogen fuel production. It is one of the very few high-energy-density, zero-carbon resources that could replace fossil energy around the globe. With significant private and public investment, SHR could plausibly be commercialized within 10-15 years. John Herter and Eric Ingersoll of Terra Praxis contributed to this important Clean Air Task Force (CATF) report.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Geothermal
Terra Praxis

Decarbonising Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy

Aurora Energy Research and Urenco

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September 2021

Urenco published the findings from an independent study that it initiated with Aurora Energy Research to investigate the benefits of deploying both nuclear and renewables in hydrogen production, to support the energy transition and meet UK climate targets. To facilitate rapid decarbonisation and cut dependency on fossil fuels, both nuclear and renewables are needed for power and hydrogen production. The report was supported by the IAEA, EDF and LucidCatalyst.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Terra Praxis

Hydrogen Modelling 2.0: De-Risking, De-Scoping, and Lowering the Cost of Achieving Net Zero

LucidCatalyst

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September 2021

LucidCatalyst published this Insights Report summary version of the Aurora Energy Research (AER) hydrogen study that concluded that combining nuclear energy and renewables in the UK energy system can eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, lower emissions, and lower the total cost of achieving UK Net Zero.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Terra Praxis

UK Energy System Modelling: Net Zero 2050

National Nuclear Laboratory

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June 2021

LucidCatalyst contributed to this ground-breaking new modelling report just published by NNL demonstrating the role nuclear can play in delivering the UK’s net zero goals. This is the first time that such diverse, scalable and low-cost applications for nuclear technologies have been fully represented across the whole energy system.

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Energy System Modeling
Terra Praxis

Advanced Reactor Economics and Markets

Nuclear News

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May 2021

Authors Forsberg and Ingersoll write that the viability of nuclear power ultimately depends on economics. The most important factor is an efficient supply chain, including on-site construction practices. This is the basis for the low capital cost of light water reactors from China and South Korea. The design can significantly affect capital cost through its impact on supply chain. The question is, how can advanced reactors boost revenue and reduce cost?

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Risks to the Energy Transition
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Terra Praxis

Techno-Economic Assessment of Coal-Fired Power Unit Decarbonization Retrofit with KP-FHR Small Modular Reactors

MDPI, Energies 2021, 14

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April 2021

Policymakers of many countries, even those that have taken a more passive approach toward decarbonization, have started to define the dates by which their countries will completely abandon coal as an energy source. On 25 September 2020 Poland decided that it will close its coal plants by 2049, exploring viable techno-economic solutions that meet this policy objective is key to achieving its goals and mission. This paper by our colleagues from QuantifiedCarbon (QCL) studied the retrofit decarbonization of coal units using a low-carbon heat source to an existing brownfield coal site.

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REPOWER

Retrofit Decarbonization of Coal Power Plants—A Case Study for Poland

MDPI, Energies 2021, 14

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December 2020

Power sector emissions represent the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and coal-fired power stations are the biggest source of emissions within this sector. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, rapid decarbonization of coal heavy economies is essential. In this study our colleagues from QuantifiedCarbon (QCL) assess the potential of these strategies as options in a broader general strategy, which we call “retrofit decarbonization” of coal power units.

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REPOWER

Managing Drivers of Cost in the Construction of Nuclear Plants

The Bridge

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October 2020

This article, published in the The Bridge (National Academy of Engineering) describes how the US nuclear sector can shift to standardized products with replicable designs delivered by consistent, experienced suppliers, as demonstrated by experience in other countries.

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Terra Praxis
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization

Missing Link to a Livable Climate: How Hydrogen-Enabled Synthetic Fuels Can Help Deliver The Paris Goals (Full Report)

LucidCatalyst and Terra Praxis

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September 2020

Our report shows that it’s not too late to still meet the Paris goals — but only if we are prepared to make major investments in clean hydrogen production. There is simply no other way to make the numbers add up — this truly is the missing link we need to maintain a livable climate on this planet.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization

The ETI Nuclear Cost Drivers project: Full Technical Report

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)

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September 2020

Energy Systems Catapult has just released the full technical report from the Energy Technologies Institute Nuclear Cost Drivers (ETI NCD) project by LucidCatalyst. This report demonstrates a credible path for nuclear energy to become a competitive Net Zero solution alongside renewables.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Terra Praxis

Clean Energy Ministerial NICE Future Initiative Flexible Nuclear Campaign Report

NICE Future initiative

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September 2020

The LucidCatalyst team was honored to be invited to write both the NGO Foreword (with Energy for Humanity and ClearPath Foundation) as well as a dedicated chapter in the report focused on flexible advanced reactors in future energy grids and innovative new hydrogen production facilities.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Terra Praxis

Flexible Nuclear Campaign

NICE Future initiative

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September 2020

LucidCatalyst is providing support and staffing for the Flexible Nuclear Campaign led by Energy For Humanity (EFH), EON, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is a campaign of the NICE Future Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

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Terra Praxis
Nuclear Basics & Communications

Driving deeper decarbonization with nuclear energy

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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September 2020

This was a contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency's Bulletin. The Clean Energy Ministerial Flexible Nuclear Campaign co-founded by Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll explores the expanded role that nuclear energy can play in de-risking the energy transition. Here, we describe two opportunities to drive deeper decarbonization with nuclear energy: 1) expand role of nuclear energy in electricity production through a combination of advanced reactors and thermal energy storage to complement renewables in future energy grids; 2)  address the use of oil and gas by providing large-scale, low-cost hydrogen produced with nuclear power.

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Zero-Carbon Fuels
Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis

Drivers of Cost and Risk in Nuclear New Build Reflecting International Experience

LucidCatalyst

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July 2020

In 2018 LucidCatalyst led the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Nuclear Cost Drivers Study (NCD) suggesting that UK nuclear new build has very significant cost and risk reduction potential. The 30% Cost Reduction Working Group therefore commissioned LucidCatalyst to apply the insights gained in the ETI NCD Study to produce this short report.

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Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Terra Praxis

Cost and Performance Requirements for Flexible Advanced Nuclear Plants in Future U.S. Power Markets

LucidCatalyst

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July 2020

A new study by LucidCatalyst for the ARPA-E MEITNER program is the first to derive the highest allowable capital cost for advanced reactors across four of the major power markets in the US in 2034. 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.

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Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis

Assessment of the Sustainability of Nuclear Power for the EU Taxonomy Consultation 2019

LucidCatalyst & Think Atom

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June 2019

LucidCatalyst and its partners created this report for the European Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, as well as for the international investment and financing community, to help them fairly and robustly evaluate the overall sustainability of nuclear energy as an investment. Our central finding is that nuclear energy is a sustainable energy investment.

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Terra Praxis
Nature & Sustainability (UNSDG)
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization

Advancing Nuclear Innovation: Responding to Climate Change and Strengthening Global Security

Global Nexus Initiative

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June 2019

This report is a culmination of meetings and effort from Partnership for Global Security and the Nuclear Energy Institute under the Global Nexus Initiative. Advanced nuclear reactors, the smaller, flexible, and innovative nuclear technologies of the future, are rising in importance as the global community grapples with the vital challenges of cutting carbon emissions, supporting the global demand for electric power, and ensuring the continued peaceful use of nuclear energy in the 21st century. LucidCatalyst contributed.

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Terra Praxis
Small Modular Reactors
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization

Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System: A Key Source of Low-Carbon Power

International Energy Agency (IEA)

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May 2019

Kirsty Gogan contributed to this report, which focuses on the role of nuclear power in advanced economies and the factors that put nuclear power at risk of future decline. It is shown that without action, nuclear power in advanced economies could fall by two-thirds by 2040. The implications of such a “Nuclear Fade Case” for costs, emissions and electricity security using two World Energy Outlook scenarios – the New Policies Scenario and the Sustainable Development Scenario are examined.

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Terra Praxis
Nature & Sustainability (UNSDG)

Clean Growth Through Innovation: The Need for Urgent Action

Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board

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April 2019

The UK’s Nuclear Innovation & Research Advisory Board (Nirab) has recommended that the UK Government should consider investing up to GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) between 2021 and 2025 to boost the progress of innovation in the nuclear energy sector.

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Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization

The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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September 2018

A fresh look at nuclear, given advances in inherently safer technologies, a sharpened focus on the need to reduce CO2 emissions in the energy sector, and challenges of cost and public perceptions of safety. LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll and Andrew Foss contributed.

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Terra Praxis

Platforms: Bridging the gap between construction + manufacturing

Bryden Wood

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January 2018

This publication describes an evidence-based design process and manufacture-led construction approach using standardized and repeatable components that could be replicated as an approach across a range of horizontal infrastructure projects in the transport and utilities sectors. Terra Praxis is partnering with Bryden Wood to design a standardized design for repowering coal plants.

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REPOWER

What will Advanced Nuclear Power Cost?

Energy Innovation Reform

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July 2017

Advanced nuclear technologies represent a dramatic evolution from conventional reactors in terms of safety and nonproliferation, and the cost estimates from some advanced reactor companies—if accurate—suggest that these technologies could revolutionize the way we think about the cost, availability, and environmental consequences of energy generation. Comparing the cost of future nuclear technologies to current designs (or other generation technologies) requires capturing cost data for advanced nuclear plants in a standardized, comprehensive manner. Using the plant cost accounting framework developed by the Generation IV International Forum, LucidCatalyst and EON created a cost model for this study that includes all potential cost categories for an nth- of-a-kind (NOAK) nuclear plant.

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Economics, Cost Drivers & Commercialization
Small Modular Reactors

Making Sense of Nuclear

Sense About Science

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June 2017

This guide is designed to help guide informed decision-making around some of the big questions and concerns about nuclear energy. LucidCatalyst's Kirsty Gogan, a contributor, said: “Our response to climate change today will have far-reaching implications for our children. Our decisions must be based on the best available evidence. We need to go beyond wishful thinking and crunch the numbers properly if we are to succeed globally in making a rapid and meaningful transition from fossil fuels. Robust information and sound analysis are as important as following our hearts.”

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Risks to the Energy Transition
Nuclear Basics & Communications
Terra Praxis