Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Flexible nuclear power to balance supply and demand

Nuclear power plants typically run either at full capacity or not at all. Yet the plants have the technical ability to adjust to the changing demand for power and thus better accommodate sources of renewable energy such as wind or solar power. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently explored the benefits of doing just that. If nuclear plants generated power in a more flexible manner, the researchers say, the plants could lower electricity costs for consumers, enable the use of more renewable energy, improve the economics of nuclear energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wave for Energy

Una start-up italiana, nata all’interno del Politecnico di Torino, ha ideato un innovativo sistema per convertire l’energia delle onde marine in energia elettrica basato sulla tecnologia ISWEC che ne sfrutta la frequenza, tecnologia ideale per l’applicazione in mari chiusi. Abbiamo avuto il piacere di ospitare la Dottoressa Giuliana Mattiazzo, docente e ricercatrice del Politecnico di Torino e coordinatrice del progetto di ricerca da cui è nata la start-up Wave for Energy.

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