06 Aug '11, 2pm

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – A Big Part of America’s Energy Future?

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors – A Big Part of America’s Energy Future?

America’s nuclear power renaissance has been just around the corner for years, it seems. Even though 20 percent of all U.S. electricity is generated by nuclear power plants, without any greenhouse gas emissions, safety and cost concerns mean no new plants have been built in decades. But a new breed of nuclear reactor could unlock the power of the atom in a safe, affordable way. energyNOW! correspondent Daniel Sieberg explores the promise of small modular reactors (SMR) – simple enough to be scalable, powerful enough to power a whole town, and safe enough to be buried underground. To watch the full segment, click the video below: Nuclear scientists at NuScale Energy in Oregon think they have figured out a way to realize the potential of SMRs without the concerns of traditional nuclear power. Their SMR is small, producing 45 megawatts (MW), enough to power 45,000 homes. That...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/06/small-modular-nuclear...

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