In South Africa, Australia’s top nuclear industry propagandist is rubbishing renewable energy
The nuclear energy sector should be treated as a normal competitive industry, like any other, he said.
“If you do that you can get excellent time and cost outcomes.”
Heard said that problems come in when the nuclear sector becomes over-regulated
Room for renewables and nuclear in energy mix – researcher, 12/03/2017 Johannesburg – Renewable energy falls short of being a base load power source in South Africa, suggests a researcher.
Ben Heard, director of Bright New World organisation and PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, has conducted research to dispute the claims by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that renewables have the capacity for a 70% share of South Africa’s energy sector.
The research, conducted by CSIR analysts Jarrad Wright, Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Joanne Calitz and Crescent Mushwana, showed that renewables would be the least cost option for South Africa.
It showed that the renewables’ 70% share of the energy sector by 2040 would be R87bn cheaper than a scenario where nuclear is the base load, followed by coal and some renewables. This scenario would also reduce South Africa’s carbon emissions by 60%.
The CSIR is not the only organisation which has conducted a study on the feasibility of a future with renewables. McKinsey and Company released a report last year which shows that by 2050, 77% of Africa’s energy capacity will be driven by renewables.
However, Heard told Fin24 in a telephonic interview that the suggestion that renewables could be the bulk source of energy supply is “preposterous”…….
Assuming the electricity system is reliable, the cheapest source of electricity in South Africa is solar PV, and the second-cheapest is wind, said Heard. “But solar PV and wind turbines do not provide the stability and reliability that can drive the entire economy.” Rather, they are effective additions on top of a stable system.
Nuclear power may be more expensive, but it is more reliable than renewables. ……
In response to a question about how the cost of building a nuclear plant is driven by time delays, Heard said it is possible to get good capital costs for nuclear projects, …..The nuclear energy sector should be treated as a normal competitive industry, like any other, he said. “If you do that you can get excellent time and cost outcomes.”
Heard said that problems come in when the nuclear sector becomes over-regulated, which is where efficiency problems creep in and then there are delays…… “South Africa has the institutional infrastructure required… South Africa has what it takes to have a nuclear sector expand successfully.” http://m.fin24.com/fin24/Economy/room-for-renewables-and-nuclear-in-energy-mix-researcher-20170312
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