For a variety of reasons, nuclear power is dying a slow death in the United States. (See Another Nail) Nuclear power’s only hope may be small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that might breathe new life into the industry.
Small SMRs of 25 MW, and up to around 250 MW, have unique characteristics that may restore public confidence in nuclear energy.
In addition, SMRs could provide electricity to communities in Africa and other areas where people live in poverty for the lack of electricity.
SMRs can be built in a factory, where tighter controls can improve quality and eliminate the interruptions that occur when nuclear power plants are constructed, piecemeal on site.
SMRs can be installed underground where it is extremely difficult to damage them, and where they won’t be affected by hurricanes or tornados.
They will be passive, capable of shutting down without human intervention or the need…
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