Do not worry that they will not fit into eco-friendly cars to make them eventually independent of lithium batteries that are still too low in their electrical storage capacity. These new reactors will, however, fulfill the need for scattered small energy units since nobody likes long overland cables for the transport of electricity. Already nowadays distributed small gas-operated power stations support the existing grid locally in cases where wind and solar energy are lacking.
The basic idea behind the new generation of reactors is to lower Europe's dependence on Russian gas. At the same time, CO2 emissions are to be diminished in the European Union.
Red Baron shakes his head. While Germany will shut down its last power reactor in 2022, shall it schizophrenically support the development of new reactors at the same time? On several occasions, I have fustigated the nuclear industry for the unsolved problem of permanent safe storage of nuclear waste. The development of new devices does not help.
|Fessenheim nuclear power station at the Grand Canal d'Alsace (©Wikipedia/Florival)|
|Fessenheim and Freiburg too close for comfort (©Wikipedia/Sebturner)|
Although French President François Hollande had promised to shut-down Fessenheim in 2016, his environment minister and former companion Ségolène Royal ironically postponed the closing date to 2017. Does Ségolène have to settle an old score with François? Again, I can only shake my head.