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.
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.
NICE Future initiative
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
ClearPath, Potential Energy Coalition, Replanet, Third Way
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.
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.
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.
NICE Future initiative
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.
ClearPath and LucidCatalyst
International Energy Agency (IEA)
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.
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.
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
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.
Clean Air Task Force
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.
Aurora Energy Research and Urenco
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.
National Nuclear Laboratory
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.
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?
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.
LucidCatalyst and Terra Praxis
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.
Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)
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.
NICE Future initiative
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.
NICE Future initiative
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.