The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World
Identify the prospects for innovative nuclear technologies, policy and business models, and regulatory governance mechanisms to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the United States and around the world. Identify the associated challenges and opportunities.
This study builds on the work from The Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2011) and The Future of Nuclear Power (2003).
For each of these three time periods (present-2030, 2030-2050, beyond 2050):
- What are the energy markets whose de-carbonization nuclear can contribute to?
- What are the advanced nuclear technologies that are likely to be ready for and cost-effective in those markets?
- What are the financial and regulatory approaches, as well as innovative policy and business models required to develop and commercialize these advanced nuclear technologies?
- Do advanced reactors systems offer the potential to accelerate the overall regulatory process because of their inherent safety characteristics?
Five Major Themes
- Technology Evaluation
- Regulatory Assessment
- Policy Options
- Business Models
Interaction Between Major Themes of the Study
This study is supported by generous grants from the Sloan Foundation and ExxonMobil.
Dr. David Petti
University of Wisconsin
President, Resources for the Future; former US Congressman; Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Director, LWR Sustainability program, INL
President Emeritus, Carnegie Institution for Science; Head Emeritus, NRC
Director, Nuclear Energy Agency; Commissioner Emeritus, NRC; Director Emeritus, DOE-NE
Project Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
CEO and Chairman Emeritus, INPO and WANO; former US Navy submarine commander
Chief Operating Officer of Fleet Operations, Exelon
President Emeritus, EDF Development Inc. and EDF North America
Professor of China Studies, Brown University
President and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute
Co-founder and Senior Fellow, Breakthrough Institute
Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Advisor to Nuclear Risk Research, ex-Director, Division of Nuclear Power, IAEA
James Del Favero
Head, Cross-border M&A, Goldman Sachs