Island territories around the world are the most vulnerable to climate change. Typically, their energy portfolio rely heavily on fossil fuels for base load generation. If policies are in place towards decarbonization, advanced nuclear provides the highest electric output of any other source with zero-carbon emissions. Globally, the race for decarbonization by 2050 is on and advanced nuclear can take us there cutting carbon emissions drastically in the time frame required.
Advanced nuclear can provide Island territories un-matchable economic benefits than any other source - Highest tax base revenue produced for local schools and public works, highest jobs created per kilo watt of electricity and competitive electricity rates per kilo watt hour. These benefits present the case for not only providing an electricity source but an industry.
Nuclear energy requires a very small foot print to produce incredible amounts of energy. In average, to produce an equivalent 1,000MW of electricity, nuclear requires 1 sq mile, whereas solar PV requires 75 sq miles and wind requires more than 300 sq miles. Modern reactors require a reduced foot print which allows for a smarter use of agricultural and natural resources, much valued and treasured in island territories. Image Source: Generation Atomic
Any strong economy relies on the resiliency of a power source against extreme natural events. Advanced reactors are equipped and designed to sustain strong earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricane winds, tsunami, floods, among many others. Not only new designs possess more robust structures but are also equipped with passive cooling systems, avoiding the need for AC/DC power, pumps or operator action in case of an emergency.