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23 - 24 januari, Stockholm

Flexible nuclear power and ancillary services

Nuclear power plants Olkiluoto 1-3 and TVO windmill.

The Nordic energy system is facing a "new normal", with a large share of weather-dependent electricity generation that provides variable power output and only limited ancillary services. How will this affect the power system and do the nuclear power plants need to adjust operations to this new situation?

Distinguished speakers from an international arena gave their view on the flexibility potential of nuclear power and its stabilizing characteristics for the benefit of the transmission system. For some countries flexible nuclear operations will play an important role in decarbonization scenarios where nuclear power may act as dispatchable backup in combination with weather-dependent power sources. In France a large part of the nuclear power fleet is operating in flexible mode already today. The outlook for the Nordic nuclear power fleet was discussed.

The seminar was moderated by Lina Håkansdotter Palm, Uniper.


Presentation January 23

Long term strategy for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050’ - the opportunities and challenges of nuclear energy
Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-general for Energy (DG ENER), European Commission

Presentations January 24

Anders Wik, Vattenfall and Monika Adsten, Energiforsk

Opportunities, challenges and experiences

Increasing Incitation for Non-Baseload Operation of Nuclear Power Plants: IAEA’s Observations
Ness Kilic, IAEA

Nuclear Pathways to 2050 - ensuring policy follow-up
Yves Desbazeille, Foratom

Flexibility in Operation: increase safety and profitability – Framatome’s worldwide solutions
Thibaut Gain, Framatome

Nuclear Power Plant flexibility at EDF: 30 years of experience
Patrick Morilhat, EdF

The role of nuclear power – Global view

Why we need a low-carbon dispatchable energy technology
Dr Jesse Jenkins, Harvard University (video)

What are the key challenges for nuclear and how to address them
Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Outlook for the Nordics

Risks and challenges – results from study
Seppo Hänninen, VTT

The role of nuclear power in the Swedish power system
Maja Lundbäck, Svenska Kraftnät

Flexible nuclear power and ancillary services
Johan Svenningsson, Uniper

Flexibility – yesterday, today and tomorrow
Mats Ladeborn, Vattenfall