Saturday, 19 March 2011

Flexibility of nuclear power plants

It is often claimed that nuclear stations are inflexible in their output, implying that other forms of energy would be required to meet peak demand. While that is true for certain reactors, this is no longer true of at least some modern designs.[68] For a full discussion of the issues see[69]

Nuclear plants are routinely used in load following mode on a large scale in France.[70]

Boiling water reactors normally have load-following capability, implemented by varying the recirculation water flow.

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