A Breeder Strategy to Solve Uncertain Future Problems in Energy Supply: The French Example
The French energy situation at the present time, in terms of resources and of dependence on foreign supplies, as well as in terms of political uncertainties and financial costs, is such that an extensive program of electricity generation from nuclear power is a vital need. Such a program was initiated five years ago. At the present time about 11,000 MWe are installed and in operation (about 20 plants) and 30,000 MWe are under construction. These plants are mainly PWRs. This should lead in 1990 to a situation where 60% of our electricity will be produced by nuclear power, corresponding roughly to 30% of our total energy needs. Our dependence on foreign supplies would then be decreased to 55%, while it is still 75% in 1980.
KeywordsFast Reactor Fuel Assembly Breeder Strategy Primary System Availability Factor
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