The importance of efficiency

Discussion about gas-turbine and other power conversion systems for halide reactors.
Cyril R
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The importance of efficiency

Post by Cyril R » Jun 22, 2013 3:43 am

A useful graph showing the breakdown of cost for a 1300 MWe PWR.

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Halving the reactor system cost isn't much of a benefit. But increasing the efficiency by 1.5x has a big effect as it has influence on all costs.

In other words, it will pay to have a very efficient power conversion system, even if it will cost more, as savings in the rest of the plant weigh against a more expensive power conversion system.