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Webinar: Integration of Intermittent Renewables and Nuclear for Low Carbon Society - MIT - Japan Joint Study

November 6, 2018

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Integration of Intermittent Renewables and Nuclear for Low Carbon Society- MIT-Japan Joint Study

The academic experts from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discussed their recently-released joint study on the challenges and opportunities facing nuclear energy. They shared their perspective on the future of nuclear energy in a carbon
constrained world, where intermittent renewable energy comprises an increasing amount of electrical grid capacity. Key questions of the study include ways to decarbonize electricity with minimum social costs and how to manage a demand-supply mismatch without depending on fossil fuels as backup
generation. The study also considers the required nuclear technologies and institutional arrangements needed in this proposed future. The results of this study were presented by two of authors Professor Akira Omoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Professor Charles W Forsberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.