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Scenarios with an intensive contribution of nuclear energy to the world energy supply

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Temperature stabilisation requires that CO2 emissions be limited to less than 3 Gt Carbon equivalent, from the present level of more than 6 Gt. Despite an increase in primary energy demand by 250% in 2050, we find that a nuclear intensive scenario assuming the development of a 3000 GWe pool of PWR reactors by 2030 and an additional 6000 GWe pool of U-Pu or Th-U reactors by 2050 would lead to temperature stabilisation at a level two degrees above the pre-industrial level.

Keywords: energy scenarios, nuclear power, plutonium breeders, U3 breeders, molten salt reactors

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