Weekly News Roundup – Monday 20th September

We round up the past week’s news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

Doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 requires ‘concerted action’, says IAEA, by World Nuclear News: “World nuclear generating capacity will double to 792 GWe (net) by 2050 from 393 GWe in 2020 under the high case scenario of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) latest projections. Compared with last year’s high case projection of 715 GWe by 2050, the estimate has been revised up by just over 10%, marking the first time since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident the IAEA has revised its projections upwards.”

Nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd to be examined by committee, by North Wales Chronicle: “On Thursday, September 23, MPs will examine the support needed by the sector to develop new power stations and the likelihood of a new developer delivering a nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd. The committee will consider the current nuclear situation in Wales and the UK and the role of nuclear in the future energy mix.”

IEA says climate targets will accelerate Czech coal phase-out, by Nuclear Engineering International: “Currently, coal accounts for almost half of the Czech Republic’s power generation and a quarter of its residential heating demand, and was set to continue to play an important role well into the 2030s. However, new European Union energy and climate policies are likely to force an earlier phase-out, as rising prices for CO2 emissions will make coal less competitive compared with other sources of electricity and heat, IEA notes in its 200-page review.”

Nuclear Power Supply Chain Eyes New Avenues of Success as Global Markets Shift, by IAEA: “The nuclear industry’s supply chains are vital for safe, reliable and effective operations throughout the life cycle of a nuclear power plant. But participants said the industry will need to achieve even closer coordination among licensees, regulators and suppliers in order to efficiently meet the needs of buyers, including new nuclear power programmes starting up. They discussed the implications of changes in international trade, as the preference shifts from global supply toward localisation and the advent of novel additive manufacturing methods like 3D printing.”