BOLSTERING TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH STRATEGIC SITING OF GENERATING ASSETS
Last Energy works with stakeholders to build small scale nuclear power plants that can help regions access power as "non-wires alternative" infrastructure.
Nuclear power offers greater energy security so constituents and stakeholders can avoid grid brownout or blackouts due to capacity restrictions. Additionally, nuclear energy also eliminates variable seasonal and time-of-day dependent power costs since it is not dependent upon intermittent weather factors.
Not relying on water, our power plants can be situated on wide range of sites making it easy for stakeholders to select a location that reduces grid congestion and/optimizes electricity production and transportation. For example, sites can be co-located with heavy user to reduce infrastructure capital costs and the burden of transmission capacity.
SUPPLYING HOT WATER OR LOW TEMPERATURE STEAM THROUGH EXISTING PIPING INFRASTRUCTURE
In many colder climates, district heating is produced by burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas, which contribute high amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Last Energy deploys nuclear district heating applications to decarbonize the heat production process and reduce the ever increasing impact of climate change.
Low-grade waste heat streams from a nuclear power facility can be utilized to provide the hot water needed for district heating. This creates a reliable and cost-effective heat source for district heating systems, with an effective elimination of carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, heat-only SMRs could displace practically all fossil fuels in district heating while lowering the costs for heat production.
GENERATING CHEMICAL ENERGY AS A REPLACEMENT FOR FOSSIL FUELS FOR ANY COMBUSTION TEMPERATURE
Hydrogen is a critical component for a variety of industrial processes and sectors. It's used in nitrogen fertilizers that are essential for modern agriculture and as feedstock in the chemical and petrochemical industries. Hydrogen can be used to make synthetic methane, methanol, and even jet fuel.
Last Energy works with regions to deploy small nuclear reactors near industrial processes that require affordable hydrogen production. Nuclear energy provides both the process heat and electricity needed to produce hydrogen from water via medium temperature electrolysis of water. This method not only supports the deep decarbonization of agriculture and industrial processes, it reduces costs comparable to traditional Steam Methane Reformation.
Furthermore, colocating the generation of hydrogen with the consumption it solves one of the most difficult and costly challenges associated with transitioning to a hydrogen economy today.
INCREASED SITE SELECTION OPTIONS ALLOW FOR WATER DESALINATION IN THE REGIONS THAT NEED IT THE MOST
Nuclear power can be leveraged to provide additional water capacity to distressed locations.
Regions that face scarce freshwater resources are often faced with smaller electric grids or limited infrastructure to effectively power water desalination technologies in a cost-effective manner.
Last Energy deploys mini nuclear reactors that can power water desalination technologies without requiring any water themselves. Small sizing combined with flexible siting requirements increase site selection options and allow regions to locate power plants near existing or planned desalination plants to minimize additional infrastructure.
PROCESS STEAM AT TEMPERATURES COMPARABLE TO FOSSIL-FUELED GENERATORS, WITHOUT THE EMISSIONS
Process steam plays an important role in manufacturing and technology. Many industries rely on process steam as a source of energy for process, cooling, and pressure control.
It's also a source of water for operations and chemical reactions. Process steam must be produced onsite and is typically generated through fossil fuels which emit a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Last Energy helps build small nuclear reactors that can produce process steam at temperatures comparable to fossil-fueled steam generators, but without the subsequent greenhouse gas emissions.
These "hard to decarbonize" applications are well suited for small nuclear reactors that can provide both electricity and heat onsite in an affordable and clean manner.
- Aluminum production
- Chemical plants
- Oil recovery
- Metal and cement production
- Pulp and paper mills
- Manufacturing facilities