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

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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Topics
Risks to the Energy Transition
Nuclear Basics & Communications
Terra Praxis