About Energy Technology Distillates

With this website and its affiliated documents, Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment introduces a series of publications called Energy Technology Distillates. Designed to provide succinct yet substantive information to policymakers, educators, students, and other citizens, these publications cover emerging topics in energy and the environment that combine technological, economic, and policy considerations.


Small Modular Reactors

The future of nuclear power over the next few decades is murky. The contribution of nuclear power to the global electricity supply has declined globally in recent decades. The U.S. and other industrialized countries face the retirement of current nuclear power plants and must decide whether to replace them. In China and other industrializing countries, the central question is how much nuclear power will be built. This Energy Technology Distillate examines the possible role of small modular reactors in the future of nuclear power.

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Grid-Scale Electricity Storage

The future of renewable energy, primarily wind and solar, is intertwined with the development and deployment of energy storage technologies. This Energy Technology Distillate describes the fundamentals of energy storage, including leading technologies and their challenges, key costs, and important regulatory initiatives that are acting to drive commercial deployment.

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