It is time to green light Energy Systems Catapult nuclear practice manager, Mike Middleton said: “Nuclear doesn’t need to be expensive if we take the right approach. A recurring feature in these models is the value of flexibility to balance the energy system and compensate for the intermittency of renewable energy. Britain may have to spend big on next generation nuclear to secure Net Zero, adding between 10GW and 50GW before 2050, innovation think tank Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has calculated.. “Achieving net zero without nuclear is possible but targeting such a system looks unnecessarily risky, to the point of being unlikely to achieve the end result; and potentially expensive. During the session, Mike Middleton, practice manager for nuclear at Energy Systems Catapult and chair of the NEA ad hoc expert group on REDCOST, gave … Ignoring probable cost reductions offered by higher-powered reactors will make progress ‘riskier’ to the mandated target, says the agency’s new report ‘Nuclear for Net Zero’. Energy Systems Catapult Oil & Energy Birmingham, England 7,835 followers Accelerating transformation of the UK energy system so businesses & consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth UK-based Energy Systems Catapult said on 18 June that a new analysis has found that committing to a further 10GW of new nuclear beyond Hinkley Point C is a "low regrets" option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy. According to the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), an independent research group, using their Energy Systems Modelling Environment (ESME) tool, a commitment by the government to a further 10 GWe in large reactors, beyond Hinkley and on top of any Sizewell extension, would be a … Energy Systems Catapult Nuclear Practice Manager, Mike Middleton said: “There are no easy paths to get the entire UK economy to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 but there is a … "The UK's Energy Systems Catapult has modeled hundreds of ways of achieving net zero and they show that advanced nuclear could contribute significantly to a low-cost decarbonised energy system. A report published last week by Energy Systems Catapult, a U.K.-based clean energy nonprofit, concludes that adding double-digit gigawatts of new nuclear is a “low-regrets option” for the United Kingdom as it strives to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Energy System Catapult released a report in June, Nuclear for Net Zero, concluding that an initial commitment to a programme of 10GW additional large scale capacity (beyond Hinkley Point C) would be a decision of low or no regret, provided construction duration and costs continue to reduce in line with its modelling. “Committing to New Nuclear is a low regrets option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy” says new analysis published by the Energy Systems Catapult today. We are committed to doing our bit through Hinkley Point C, which has established an approved detailed design for the UK, and through Sizewell C which use the same … Innovation agency Energy Systems Catapult has released a new report stating that committing to a further 10GW of new nuclear beyond Hinkley Point C is a low regrets option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy.. Guy Newey is Director of Strategy and Performance at Energy Systems Catapult, overseeing policy, marketing and communications, and stakeholder relations for the Catapult, as well as being responsible for developing and monitoring the Catapult’s overall strategy. We welcome the latest report from Energy Systems Catapult confirming the important role new nuclear has in helping the UK reach Net Zero targets, recommending at least a further 10GW of established reactor designs are built. Sizewell C is shovel ready and will keep us in control of our energy supply and transition for years to come. However, costs need to fall significantly if the technology is to fulfil its long-term potential.