Clean Energy Park concept
The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept: a sustainable answer to the world’s energy needs
The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept is an innovative solution to 3 of the world’s most critical challenges: economic viability, climate change and energy security. Using an optimized mix of nuclear and renewable sources, a Clean Energy Park produces reliable, cost-effective energy and spurs economic growth while minimizing carbon emissions and environmental impact.
Clean Energy Park concept
Integrating nuclear and renewable energy sources to generate more than power
An AREVA Clean Energy Park produces reliable, low-carbon energy by combining long-term nuclear power development with fast-track renewable construction. These partnerships create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, boost tax revenue, educate the workforce, and develop local supply chains.
An innovative solution customized for each environment
The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept brings nuclear and renewables together in a state-of-the art site through a combination of:
- an AREVA nuclear plant (EPR™, ATMEA1 or KERENA reactor);
- a renewable energy component such as concentrated solar, offshore wind or biomass;
- a used nuclear fuel management station;
- AREVA and partner manufacturing facilities;
- electro-intensive industrial facilities;
- water treatment/desalination plants.
The exact combination of renewable and nuclear generation is determined by the availability of sun, water, wind or biomass resources in a given area. Landscape, grid capacity, national energy policies, regulations and public opinion also play a role in designing and customizing an AREVA Clean Energy Park.
A wealth of economic benefits
An AREVA Clean Energy Park drives strategic economic growth through low-carbon energy development and long-term infrastructure.
- A single project is estimated to create over 10,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in construction, equipment, food, hospitality, entertainment and other service industries.
- Payroll taxes paid to federal, state and local treasuries can generate over $830 million in revenue during construction.
- Once built, a park remains an economic powerhouse throughout its lifetime. Continued operation of the facility creates approximately 400 permanent jobs and spurs billions of dollars of investment in the local economy.
- The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept also provides job-focused educational opportunities to all employees via partnerships with major universities, community colleges and technical schools. These partnerships are essential to maintaining the expert workforce needed to operate the facility.
A growing need for clean, reliable and cost-effective energy
The world’s future prosperity depends on energy security, economic development and environmental protection. An AREVA Clean Energy Park can provide dependable, sustainable energy and help local economies grow for generations to come.
Global energy challenges
According to the United Nations, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, with exponentially increasing energy needs.
Moreover, governments around the world face environmental and economic challenges, as well as energy security concerns. Governments need solutions that:
- limit carbon emissions,
- reduce dependency on fossil fuels,
- are domestically sourced,
- ensure energy affordability and competitiveness,
- drive economic development.
To meet the growing demand for energy while addressing these issues, many governments have implemented frameworks to support low-carbon power generation.
These new regulations require utilities to decrease emissions while utilizing regional resources to produce profitable, competitive power.
Supporting U.S. clean energy efforts
In the United States, renewable energy sources accounted for approximately 10.5% of total energy consumption and 9% of electricity generation capacity in 2009.
The U.S. government is increasing support for renewable energy projects. In January 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced more than $20.5 million in funding for Community Renewable Energy Deployment Projects to help promote widespread renewable energy installations.
AREVA is currently working with utilities in Ohio and California to analyze low-carbon options. The group is pleased to play a vital role in building critical clean energy sources for the United States.
The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept: lighting the way
The AREVA Clean Energy Park concept is an optimal solution for meeting the world’s present energy needs and future demands. It brings together nuclear generation and renewable sources, the most effective technologies for producing low-carbon power.
This combination compensates for the energy fluctuations produced by sources such as wind or solar with nuclear generation to handle sizeable power swings. It produces energy in a reliable, affordable and safe way while offsetting the risks of rising fossil fuel and carbon emission costs for utilities.
An AREVA Clean Energy Park also creates sustainable economic growth during construction and long-term viability over the lifetime of the facilities. Fast-track renewable energy development has an immediate economic impact during its construction timeline of 18-24 months, while new nuclear construction creates steady economic growth over 12-14 years.
Sustainable, cost-effective power generation solutions
The Clean Energy Park concept demonstrates the complementary components of AREVA’s low-carbon offer. The group’s unique, tailored solutions enable utilities to generate safe, competitive and low-emission energy by using nuclear power alongside solar thermal, biomass or offshore wind energy.
Investing in a combination of AREVA technologies enables utilities to build a diversified energy portfolio that meets current requirements and supports future business objectives.
Renewable solutions for short time horizons
AREVA offers a wide range of renewable energy options:
- Bioenergy (lead time: 18-24 months): AREVA has built more than 100 plants worldwide, particularly in Brazil, representing more than 3 million tons of CO2 emissions eliminated each year. AREVA also develops biogas, cogeneration and heat recovery systems.
- Concentrated solar power generation (lead time: approximately 2 years): AREVA’s standalone solar thermal power plants are based on high-performance compact linear Fresnel reflector technology that leads the market in land efficiency and water conservation. The plants have a straightforward design that is scalable and rapidly deployable.
- Solar steam augmentation through concentrated solar power (lead time: less than 1 year): Solar boosters augment the output of existing power plants and reduce fuel consumption and subsequently carbon emissions. They may also be used for industrial steam applications such as desalination or chemical processes.
- Offshore wind (lead time: 3-5 years, depending on regulatory conditions): The group’s robust, reliable and efficient offshore turbine is designed for maximum output in rough marine environments. In the North Sea off the German coast, 6 of AREVA’s high-capacity 5 MW turbines are currently operating as part of the alpha ventus wind park.
AREVA nuclear plants for lasting, dependable power
Through its range of evolutionary nuclear reactors (1,100-1,650 MWe EPR™, ATMEA1 or KERENA designs), AREVA is able to supply customers with reliable, economical, large-scale and low-carbon power sources that can move from investment to start of commercial operations in 8 years. With 4 reactors currently under construction around the world, AREVA has unparalleled experience in building new projects as well as accumulated expertise from developing and maintaining the existing fleet.
Clean Energy Park projects in North America
AREVA’s unique clean energy portfolio provides customers with flexible, phased-in solutions for developing next-generation power sources. The AREVA Clean Energy Park business model combines long-term development of baseload nuclear power with fast-track renewable energy construction, including solar, offshore wind and biomass power.
Meeting Midwest energy needs
The first AREVA Clean Energy Park combining nuclear and biomass power is planned for a 3,700-acre U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) site in Piketon, Ohio.
AREVA has been working with Duke Energy, USEC Inc., UniStar Nuclear Energy, and the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative on the project since 2009.
Known as the Southern Ohio Clean Energy Park Alliance, the group will evaluate the DOE Portsmouth site as a potential location for a new nuclear power plant, including preparing a plant siting study and licensing documents for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
The Ohio project builds upon a 2009 DOE initiative to transform former weapons sites into energy parks focused on future clean energy production. Such initiatives enable the reuse of existing assets, help clean up the sites, and support sustainable economic development for their respective regions.
In Ohio, the Clean Energy Park is projected to have a number of positive effects:
- Estimated employment of 1,400-1,800 people during construction, with a peak construction employment of nearly 4,000 workers
- Creation of an additional 5,400-5,900 more jobs related to plant manufacturing, supply and hospitality
- Generation of more than $430 million annually in local goods, services and labor due to the presence of the plant
- Significant increase in state and local tax revenue
- Annual federal tax payments of $75 million
- Reliable, clean electricity for more than 1 million households
A unique combination of solar and nuclear power in California
In March 2011, AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group, LLC (FNEG) signed a contract to initiate the first phase in the development of an advanced Clean Energy Park near Fresno, California.
This clean energy generation business model, tailored to the region’s needs, will create more than just power. AREVA has proposed a desalination plant to provide clean water to regional agricultural fields and orchards.
In addition to carrying out activities to support project feasibility assessments, AREVA and FNEG are considering dozens of promising sites in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Phase one of the Fresno Clean Energy Park envisions a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. Construction of the CSP plant will begin once a site is selected, creating an immediate economic benefit for the region.
AREVA and FNEG are also working together on the initial development of a 1,600 MW U.S. EPR™ reactor. Construction of the nuclear facility will create up to 11,000 direct and indirect jobs, and more than 400 permanent jobs upon completion. Additionally, the project will generate billions of dollars of regional economic investment. When complete, the solar and nuclear plants will produce clean, constant, reliable, carbon-free electricity for more than 1.6 million households.
AREVA’s international desalination expertise
Water is a critical issue for California, in particular for the Central Valley. AREVA has therefore proposed a desalination plant as part of the Fresno Clean Energy Park.
AREVA has significant experience with desalination internationally. Last year, the group inaugurated the first sea water desalination plant in Namibia, providing enough potable water to operate AREVA’s mine without pumping any water from the soil. Excess production will serve local communities and industrial activities.
Diverse clean energy sources in Canadian park
AREVA, the province of New Brunswick, and the utility New Brunswick Power signed a letter of intent in 2010 to develop a Clean Energy Park near the Point Lepreau nuclear station in Canada.
The site would feature the ATMEA1 reactor, a 1,100 MW Generation III+ pressurized water reactor that uses reliable and proven technology. In February 2011, AREVA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) submitted the reactor to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for a pre-project design review. If approved by the CNSC, the ATMEA1 design also could be selected for sites in other Canadian provinces.
The Clean Energy Park would also include offshore wind or biomass renewable energy sources built by AREVA. Power from the park would be used domestically in the province and exported to the Canadian Maritime and New England (U.S.) regions.