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Study: New U.K. nuclear likely to be lower carbon source than solar or wind
A recent study of life cycle carbon emissions at the United Kingdom’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant finds that the facility, now under construction in Somerset, England, is likely to produce less CO2 over its lifetime than either solar or wind power.
According to the 70-page analysis—prepared by environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment for NNB Generation Company HPC Limited, the holding company for the Hinkley Point project—lifetime emissions from Hinkley Point C are likely to be about 5.5g CO2e per kWh. That amount also holds for the proposed Sizewell C plant, the study concludes. (The two 1,630-MWe EPRs at Hinkley Point C are currently scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2026 and 2027.)
Matteo Bucci, Walter Ambrosini, Nicola Forgione
Nuclear Technology | Volume 181 | Number 1 | January 2013 | Pages 115-132
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the 14th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-14) / Thermal Hydraulics | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT13-A15761
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This paper discusses the results of investigations devoted to the study of steam condensation in the presence of air and a light noncondensable gas. A double strategy has been adopted, including complementary experimental and computational activities. Novel data have been made available by the CONAN (CONdensation with Aerosols and Noncondensable gases) facility, investigating the effects induced by light noncondensable gases in experimental configurations that were scarcely investigated in past studies. Computational fluid dynamics condensation models have been developed and validated. The suitability of helium as a substitute for hydrogen in experimental activities has been investigated by theoretical and computational analyses that allow establishing simple criteria for the scaling of condensation tests in the presence of a light noncondensable gas.