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Nuclear power learning and deployment rates: disruption and global benefits forgone

Peter Lang;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2017 Journal: Energies (issn: 1996-1073, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
This paper presents evidence of the disruption of a transition from fossil fuels to nuclear power, and finds the benefits forgone as a consequence are substantial. Learning rates are presented for nuclear power in seven countries, comprising 58% of all power reactors ever built globally. Learning rates and deployment rates changed in the late- 1960s and 1970s from rapidly falling costs and accelerating deployment to rapidly rising costs and stalled deployment. Historical nuclear global capacity, electricity generation and overnight construction costs are compared with the counterfactual that predisruption learning and deployment rates had continued to 2015. Had ...
free text keywords: nuclear power, construction cost, learning rate, energy transition, disruption, benefits forgone, deaths, CO2 emissions, Technology, T, General Computer Science, Control engineering, Natural resource economics, Electricity generation, Software deployment, Experience curve effects, Engineering, business.industry, business, Fossil fuel, Electricity, Counterfactual thinking, Operations management
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