Electricite de France SA is preparing its nuclear power facilities to operate in more severe heatwaves in the coming decades as a changing climate may interfere with key electrical equipment. The utility, which produces almost three-quarters of France’s electricity from its 58 nuclear reactors, is under pressure from the country’s atomic safety authority to improve the resilience of its power stations against rising temperatures and potentially more frequent natural disasters connected with climate change. IRSN, the watchdog’s technical adviser, recommended in February that EDF take into account hotter and longer heat waves when it seeks approval to extend the lifetime of its reactors. Sustained, higher temperatures could damage key equipment, such as back-up diesel generators, the company said.
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The Court, which has already devoted several reports to the nuclear power industry, analyzes the downstream of the nuclear fuel cycle, from the reactor outlet to storage, including storage and, where appropriate, recycling. The volume of materials and waste concerned, the risks of saturation of certain storage facilities, the prospects of filling existing storage centers, the costs associated with their management and the Cigéo underground storage project or the impact of energy policy decisions on the end of the nuclear fuel cycle are all issues to be included in the ongoing public debate on the fifth radioactive materials and waste management plan. The Court’s findings and recommendations are aimed at increasing transparency on this subject and at improving cost awareness.
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