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Necsa’s push for nuclear power upsets renewable energy stakeholders

Engineering News 8 June 2010.

The State-owned Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) emphasised at the second day of the Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010) stakeholder plenary session in Pretoria that nuclear was the only viable baseload option that could meet South Africa’s future energy needs and counter carbon emissions…

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/necsa-comments-upset-renewable-energy-stakeholders-2010-06-08

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  • No surprises here – if the IRP2010 doesn’t include any nuclear power then NECSA becomes redundant and might as well close down – so we should expect them to fight for their jobs, in the same way that Eskom will continue to resist any moves to limit their power or introduce competition and the coal industry will continue to push “clean coal”.
    I just hope that our powers-that-be take this into account and don’t blindly believe experts with vested interests. Remember the tobacco industry and its well-funded cancer denialists?

  • No surprises here – if the IRP2010 doesn’t include any nuclear power then NECSA becomes redundant and might as well close down – so we should expect them to fight for their jobs, in the same way that Eskom will continue to resist any moves to limit their power or introduce competition and the coal industry will continue to push “clean coal”.
    I just hope that our powers-that-be take this into account and don’t blindly believe experts with vested interests. Remember the tobacco industry and its well-funded cancer denialists?

  • On the question of base load generation. It is generally accepted that concentrated solar power (CSP) with energy storage is suitable for base load power and load factors of 60% or more are possible. Also, the intermittent nature of wind power can be smoothed out when you have large numbers of wind turbines geographically distributed – as they would be in South Africa, spread out along the coasts. So I believe that the base load unsuitability argument is no longer valid.

  • On the question of base load generation. It is generally accepted that concentrated solar power (CSP) with energy storage is suitable for base load power and load factors of 60% or more are possible. Also, the intermittent nature of wind power can be smoothed out when you have large numbers of wind turbines geographically distributed – as they would be in South Africa, spread out along the coasts. So I believe that the base load unsuitability argument is no longer valid.

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