26 Apr '12, 5pm

Will The Stars Align for Small Nuclear Reactors?

Will The Stars Align for Small Nuclear Reactors?

A company that wants to build a new kind of nuclear reactor, one small enough that it could be delivered by truck, has found a potential customer. Westinghouse A rendering of the Westinghouse small modular reactor. The Westinghouse Electric Company has lined up Ameren , a St. Louis-based electric company, as a partner for its small modular reactor project. Getting a strong indication of commercial interest is critical because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can review only a few of the many proposed reactor designs and gives priority in the licensing process to those with a stronger chance of getting built. Some utility analysts have argued that small reactors would be good “drop-in replacements” for 1950s and 1960s-era coal plants that are now being retired, given that that their generating capacity would be about the same. But Ameren is looking at its Callaway nuclear ...

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