Most utility-scale power plants use a single fuel source (such as uranium) to make a single product — electricity. A new breed of industrial power plants could combine nuclear and renewable resources to make energy production more efficient and economical. Combining power generation sources could increase efficeiency by using excess heat or electricity to make valuable products.When wind and solar energy is abundant, such hybrid plants could divert electricity from a baseload power source to industrial applications and use waste heat to make synthetic fuel, chemicals for plastics and other valuable products.