Nuclear energy, the clean generation

Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017

“Nuclear energy is an extremely important component of the energy mix in Spain, among other reasons, because of its stability in the grid, which makes the supply extremely reliable and because it does not emit any CO2.”

– Ignacio Araluce, president of Foro Nuclear.

In the journey towards an emission free model by 2050, nuclear energy could guarantee the safety of the supply and the stability of end prices of energy until renewable energies and energy storage systems reach a fully developed stage. 

A reliable and safe energy

In terms of safety, the plants owned by Endesa are in the final phase of the implementation of the Safety Reinforcement Project, derived from the post-Fukushima measures. Overall, around 30 million euros have been invested per unit to improve the robustness of the plants and to guarantee the safety thereof in the long term, including in the event of extreme natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires or large-scale flooding.

At Endesa, since the plants were inaugurated, we have worked extremely hard, investing to improve and guarantee the safety of all the plants: every year we carry out technological updates to ensure the optimal performance and modernisation of the power plants.

According to the General Manager of Nuclear Iberia at Endesa, Juan María Moreno Mellado, “for every 100 euros invested in the plants during their construction phase, over the last 20 years we have invested another 60. We have worked extremely hard to keep the plants up-to-date and as safe as possible".  

“We have worked extremely hard to keep the plants up-to-date and as safe as possible.”

– Juan María Moreno Mellado. General Manager of Nuclear Iberia at Endesa.

Over the coming years 500 million euros will be invested in order to continue with the improvement process that allows this technology to be used in the future. 

An emission-free generation

Nuclear energy is a unique technology capable of supplying large amounts of energy in a sustained manner, without contributing to climate change, since it does not release carbon, sulphur, nitrogen and other oxides or ashes into the atmosphere.

It is respectful of the environment and, together with renewable energies, it is the only energy that does not emit greenhouse gases.

Nuclear energy is vital for the future production of energy. If we want to guarantee a sustainable and competitive production, capable of meeting growing demands and providing a safe supply, nuclear energy is the best way to go.