I have made available this 100 megawatt capacity comparison primer. In it I attempt to provide official numbers and information for three deployable climate-friendly energy technologies, two of which have been adopted and are legal to construct in Australia.
Along with output profiles, costs, etc., some information on the corporations which construct, own and operate these electricity factories is included. Large industrial plants are businesses, notwithstanding much of the surrounding narrative, and businesses need to be profitable and productive. Solar and windfarms, along with nuclear plants, are supplied by some of the largest corporations in the world.
Why choose China’s high temperature gas-cooled reactor? After all, there are myriad small modular reactor designs. This one in particular is distinguished by being close to constructed and operational, with its revolutionary safety profile where loss of heat rejection leads directly to shut down. China intends to export the HTR in the near future.
There’s also a poetry in potentially including such technology in Australia’s future energy mix, since our own reactor research in the 50s and 60s was focused on a gas-cooled pebble bed design.
In prohibiting all nuclear power, Australia’s current regulations forbid even this inherently benign reactor. It’s time for Australia to embrace the future of nuclear and get real on decarbonisation.