viernes, 31 de mayo de 2013

Los costes de la nuclear, según Leveque

Muy en la línea de nuestro paper (citado ya hace tiempo aquí). Su conclusión principal:
Historically nuclear technology has been characterized by rising costs. Today’s third-generation reactors are no exception to this iron rule. They are safer than earlier counterparts, but also more expensive. The escalation of costs may stop, but only on two conditions: through a massive scale effect – if China chooses one type of reactor and sticks to it, it may achieve this effect – or through a fundamental change in direction of innovation – giving priority to modular design and small reactors, for instance. Failing this, nuclear technology seems doomed to suffer a steady decline in its competitiveness compared with any thermal technologies spared by taxes and renewable energies boosted by high learning effects.

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