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Friday, November 05, 2010

Small is safer

Small modular reactors that generate less than 300 megawatts, (around a quarter the output of the plants under construction today) may be the answer to a better use of this technology.
Those reactors could be the solution to some of the nuclear industry’s biggest problems:waste, safety, security and nonproliferation, and last but not least important, the capital cost of construction.
Infact, small modular reactors require less initial capital investment than conventional ones and can have simpler, safer designs.
Their modules can be built in factories (unlike the components of a traditional plant, which must be built on site) and so can be deployed rapidly.
Besides, they could run for 20 years on their initial fuel, thus generating minimal waste.
Will they change the face of nuclear energy?
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