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SMRs: Why Not Now? Then When?

April 2, 2014 by Rod Adams
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I have shamelessly borrowed the title of one of the talks given during the first day of the Nuclear Energy Insider 4th Annual Small Modular Reactor Conference as being representative of both the rest of the agenda and the conversations that I had in the hallways during the breaks.[read more]

Argentina Pours Nuclear-Grade Concrete for CAREM, a 25 MWe SMR

February 17, 2014 by Rod Adams

Argentina has a long history of nuclear energy research, development and operation; it set up its Atomic Energy Commission in 1950. Two operating nuclear reactors produce approximately 10% of the country’s electricity; a third reactor is undergoing its final steps before commissioning.[read more]

Realistic Look at Small Modular Reactors in Idaho

November 8, 2013 by Rod Adams
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From October 30 through November 1, 2013, a group of about 150 people with questioning attitudes about small, modular reactors (SMRs) met in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were treated to a number of presentations that described the technical progress that has been made so far.[read more]

Turning Small Modular Reactor Concepts Into Reality in Idaho Falls

October 14, 2013 by Rod Adams
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In the past half dozen years, the term “small modular reactor” has entered the nuclear energy lexicon. Numerous projects have been initiated to develop various concepts, all aimed at producing nuclear reactor based power plants that are small enough to be built in a factory setting.[read more]

Smaller Nuclear Energy Plants Can Be Beautiful, Despite Opposition

September 29, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Dr. Edwin Lyman has published a paper on Small Modular Reactors that poses many questions about the development of SMRs. Since I advocate for smaller nuclear power plants and have been helping to develop one SMR since 2010, I read his report with great interest.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Future: SMRs and Hook-Ons

April 19, 2013 by Joseph Koblich
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The chief advantage of SMRs, other than cost reduction over large, 1000-1600 MWe nuclear plants, is that they can be located practically anywhere and to supply steam for process use to facilities already in existence.[read more]

Update on Small Modular Reactor Development

March 22, 2013 by Joseph Koblich
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The US Department of Energy has a $452 million program to share development and licensing costs for selected small modular reactor designs. The DOE’s goal is to have an operating SMR by 2022.[read more]

Federal Nuclear Energy Investment: Small Modular Reactor Technology

March 4, 2013 by Joseph Koblich
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In contrast to large nuclear reactors, which have enormous components that are shipped to and assembled at the site where they will operate, SMRs will be assembled in a factory.[read more]

Next Nukes – How U.S. - European Cooperation Can Deliver Cheaper, Safer Nuclear Energy

January 8, 2013 by Barry Brook
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Innovative international collaborations and strategic government support, especially from countries with advanced technologies such as the United States, will be critical in bringing next generation nuclear designs to market and deploying them at scale. Developing countries like China, which announced last month that it would move ahead...[read more]

LWR SMRs have fuel advantages

August 24, 2012 by a b

Fast reactor designs face export controls and the need to develop new fuel types which may slow time to marketThis article is based on a presentation given by Andrea Jennetta, Publisher, Fuel Cycle Week, at a conference held in July in Washington, DC, on commercializing small modular reactors. Research for and preparation of the slides...[read more]

Worldwide Nuclear Energy Expansion Continues

July 31, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

Photo credit: Gregor WolfGlobal production of nuclear energy is expected to grow significantly in future years, despite setbacks in Japan and Germany, as China and the United States eyes next-generation reactors. Worldwide nuclear electricity generating capacity is expected to increase between 44 percent and 99 percent by 2035, the...[read more]

Surfing the waves of misinformation about SONGS

May 7, 2012 by a b

Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif) wiped out in his remarks about the future of nuclear energy in his home state Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif) is an avid surferThe perils of an incomplete technical briefing for an elected official were starkly apparent this week in California where a Los Angeles Congressman mixed up passive safety in GEN...[read more]

SMR developers are racing to the market

February 22, 2012 by a b
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First, they have to prove they can build one   This is my updated coverage from Fuel Cycle Week, V11:N460 for 02/16/12 published by International Nuclear Associates, Washington, DC. This is the second of two articles.  Bike Race Image: Library of Congress Developers of small modular reactors (SMRs) of both the light water and...[read more]

President Obama Follows Through on Energy Innovation in 2013 Budget Request

February 15, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

President Obama backed up his call to “double-down” on clean energy during the State of the Union address by proposing to boost key energy innovation investments in his FY2013 federal budget request. Compared to the FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the President’s FY2013 proposal would increase top-line investments in key DOE energy...[read more]

2012 Budget Increases Nuclear Energy Research Funding

January 6, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Before adjourning to watch yule logs and eat holiday hams, Congress actually managed to pass a 2012 budget bill. ITIF's Matthew Stepp provided us with an early analysis of the bill's impact on energy innovation funding. Funding for key Department of Energy (DOE) innovation offices are up by a modest 2.5 percent relative to the 2011...[read more]