Summary of Small Reactors Could Kick-Start the Stalled Nuclear Sector

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Ever since the nuclear accident in Fukushima – if not before – the nuclear industry has been in crisis. James Temple, the senior editor for energy at the MIT Technology Review, portrays the small module reactors (SMRs) that may swoop to the industry’s rescue. However, before SMRs can do any swooping, they still need to overcome some challenges. getAbstract recommends this article to hesitant supporters of nuclear energy and anyone interested in future energy supply.

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James Temple is the senior editor for energy at MIT Technology Review. He previously worked for VergeRecode and The San Francisco Chronicle.



Energy from small nuclear power reactors may amend the mix of energy sources in the United States in the future. In early 2017, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed to review designs for small module reactors (SMRs) that NuScale Energy had submitted. It was the first “substantially new” reactor design the commission has agreed to review in decades.

Traditional nuclear plants require massive up-front investment: Westinghouse’s two 1200-megawatt reactors in Georgia together cost $20 billion, whereas NuScale’s 600-megawatt plant reactor would...

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