UK report calls for massive expansion of experimental nuclear power plants

A report written by three of the British government’s most senior scientific advisors says the UK will have to develop a large number of currently experimental nuclear power technologies if the country is to wean itself off fossil fuels, as the government has pledged to do. The as-yet unpublished report was released to The Guardian newspaper.

The report encourages development of fast reactors, thorium-fuel designs, and fusion power, according The Guardian, and “implies” nuclear power, if developed properly, could provide up to two-thirds of the UK’s electricity by 2050. In 2011, nuclear power generated 18 percent of the electricity demand in the country.

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