Nuclear: France is betting on SMR mini-reactors. As part of the France 2030 plan, the President of the Republic should announce this Tuesday a new envelope for the development of Small modular reactors (SMR). Mini-reactors with a power of 170 MW, ten times less than a conventional reactor.
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Nuclear, France still believes in it. Analysis The executive will encourage the creation of small reactors. The decision to launch the construction of 6 EPRs could come more quickly than expected, but the obstacles still remain numerous.
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The president used the speech to state his support for nuclear energy, which accounts for about 70% of French electricity and has become a point of fierce debate in the run-up to next year’s election. Green politicians want France to move fast to end its dependence on nuclear, highlighting the large amounts of radioactive waste it produces as well as safety issues. Politicians on the right and far-right want more reactors. Macron said France would invest €1bn by 2030 in “disruptive innovation” to produce atomic power, which he said would focus on designing small nuclear reactors with improved waste management. He added that France should be able to produce 2m electric and hybrid cars by 2030 and build a low-CO2 aeroplane during the same timeframe.
Guardian 12th Oct 2021 read more »
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled a 5-year, 30 billion-euro ($35 billion) investment plan for developing innovative technology and industrial activity, including building small nuclear reactors, electric cars and greener airplanes. The goal of the state-funded France 2030 plan is to boost France’s economic growth over the next decade amid growing global competition with China and the United States, Macron said. The money will start being spent next year, he said.
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