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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Aug 24, 2020

I continue to be excited to see what SMRs can bring to the table once commercially available. Do you think that when they settle in it's going to be as a complement to renewable energy generation in a way that relieves pressure on energy storage to solve for intermittency? Or will it be more location and task based, such as replacing these diesel use cases? 

Laura Scheele's picture
Laura Scheele on Aug 24, 2020

All of the above is my vote! Market forces are going to be a big driver for SMR use, so market incentives play a role in adaptation. It may be that early use would trend toward remote communities and remote applications due to lack of alternatives, and more widespread use may come once we have a demonstrated track record from early uses.

Joe Deely's picture
Joe Deely on Aug 24, 2020

While we wait for all these potential SMRs - 2030s sometime - we can start eliminating diesel with renewables and storage.

56 MW hybrid wind-solar plant powers up at Australian gold mine

Burkina Faso gold mines to get 13 MW solar-plus-storage

Caledonia Mining to fund 20-MW solar project in Zimbabwe via stock sale

etc... could easily put 20-30 links out here.

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