The US Government Is Banking on Small Nuclear Reactors for Future Energy

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Ever since Fukushima, nuclear power has not been a warmly-received concept when it comes to energy solutions. But still, small modular reactors have remained one iteration of nuclear power that people are optimistic about due to their relative safety and manageability. That's why the US Department of Energy has entered into partnerships with the top SMR makers to help nurture the tiny wonders.


According to Ars Technica, the governement is going to offer up land at the Savannah River Nuclear Lab to work on research and build test sites for development. In addition to their size and relative stability, SMRs are popular because reactors are never opened on site, and are sent back to a central facility for refueling, which eases concerns about security. Sure they may not generate Gigawatts, but Megawatts aren't so bad either. [Ars Technica]



Yeah, we could find new ways to burn uranium, which is as rare as platinum, in nuclear reactors with 1% efficiency and produces nuclear waste, including weaponizable plutonium, that will remain dangerously radioactive for more than 10,000 years -


we could just start burning thorium which is as common as lead, in nuclear reactors with nearly 100% efficiency and producing less than 1% of the waste that a uranium plant would produce while consuming stockpiles of dangerous waste and what little waste that is produced will only be dangerous for around 300 years.