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gg.pngGiancarlo Aquilanti, Head of the Nuclear Technology Area at ENEL, explains why nuclear energy represents an opportunity in the EU in terms of competitiveness and CO2 emissions.

Why there is such a new interest for nuclear technology?

Oil, if we take it as a reference the year 1999, has increased of 100%, gaz: 300% and coal: 150%. Also uranium has increased. But as you can see on this PowerPoint presentation, the cost per unit of energy contained is negligeable to the others. The price of alternative fuels is increasing. And of course since these alternative technolgies – like coal – are driven by the cost of primary fuels, nuclear energy becomes competitive in comparison. Nuclear energy price has almost the same level of price from 2002 to 2008.

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Now, in Europe, if you would stop all the nuclear plants in Europe today and if you would replace them with combined technology that are the less emitting CO2, you would have 100 millions tons of CO2 emissions per year more, that is 10 % of the all CO2 emissions in Europe. […]

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