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Sound is OK
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All good here as well
Can see 1st slide - “Target Zero”
Good. Thanks Philip
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Is there sound now, Paul?
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If you have any questions, please post them to the chat and I'll direct them to Dennis
With rising sea levels and more than 400 existing nuclear plants - how do we prevent devastating nuclear disasters from occurring worldwide assuming we are headed to social breakdown due to the climate and biodiversity crisis?
(400 nuclear plants of which a lot are coastal)
Good presentation. Thanks. I understand the SMR much better and the arguments for its inclusion. But the waste issue felt like it was glossed over. You won’t reassure people with a few photos. Please elaborate.
Thanks Barry! You ‘channeled’ me eloquently!
Thanks Denis. Do you envisage the SMRs running 24/7/365?
How many 60GW SMRs do you need by 2050 to meet your scenario?
You are putting the best gloss on it. What about the appalling mess that is Sellafield/
SMRs are still in development and once built, presumably they will require years of assessment before Ireland could commit to building one, eg by 2040-2050. There are other pathways that studies suggest may be more available by 2030-2040, such as building excess capacity 100% indigenous renewables with renewables-generated hydrogen/methanol and other storage. Given the climate urgency, in Ireland why shouldn't we prioritise these pathways in policy and only "wait-and-see" on nuclear?
Based on the Flamaville experience, the current EPR design appears to be almost unbuildable, if we were to start building a nuclear power plant in the next decade, which proven design is most buildable.
So 60 SMRs would be scattered around the country, probably at existing power station sites?
Thanks very much. Thought provoking. Will the slides be made available to on-line attendees please?
Yes. The slides and a recording of today's session will be put up on the DCU ECRN website.
Keep an eye on the @dcu_ecrn twitter for news of when they'll be available
Could we be emailed please?
Sure. It will be emailed through the ECRN mailing list. If you're not part of it already, I can add you after this.
Thanks very much
Interesting debate -
Not sure I’m convinced
Thanks, Barry & Co