In many locations, renewable power sources such as solar and wind contribute carbon-free electricity to the grid. However, since renewables are intermittent, producing power roughly 30 to 40 per cent of the time, they cannot provide reliable power on their own.
Fossil fuels are a common backup power source because they can scale up and down to meet demand, but they come at a cost: carbon emissions that affect the health of people and the planet.
Large reactors can produce reliable power but they are neither scalable nor cheap, limiting their usefulness as renewables partners.
Moltex’s Stable Salt Reactor – Wasteburner (SSR-W), combined with its GridReserve® energy storage technology, offers both reliability and scalability. The energy produced by the SSR can be stored as heat and used to generate additional electricity when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. For example, a 300 MW SSR can drive 600 MW of turbines for 12 hours a day or 900 MW for eight hours a day.
The SSR is therefore an ideal partner for renewables and can support a completely carbon-free grid.