June 7, 2023

Study: Micro-Nuclear Technology Could be Cost-Competitive for Off-grid Communities

In a study published in Sustainable Cities and Society, Jessica explores the potential of new (tiny) nuclear technologies as a cost-competitive, carbon-free option for off-grid communities that are often fully dependent on fossil fuels.

🔑 Key Points

  • This study specifically looks at powering off-grid communities with micro-nuclear technologies, in contrast to the studies that often focus on renewables with diesel serving as a backup.
  • The findings indicate a microreactor plus battery combination could be the lowest-cost option where diesel costs are high, but are not yet cost-competitive with wholesale grid electricity.