small modular reactor (SMR)

The UK Plans to Become a Global Center for Small Nuclear Reactors. Can it Succeed?

February 4, 2016 by Dan Yurman

UK and the Nuclear Industry

In addition to its plans for building four huge nuclear power stations, the UK government has also announced it wants to become a global Centre for the development and manufacturing of small modular reactors. This blog post assesses the UK’s plans and concludes that it could succeed, maybe.[read more]

NRC Develops New Fees for SMRs

June 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a policy paper released in mid-May that it will develop a new fee schedule for small modular reactors. The new fees will be significantly less than those charged to full size 1000 MW or larger units. SMRs typically are designed to have electrical power ratings of 300 MW or less.[read more]

Can a New Generation of Startups Revolutionize the Nuclear Industry?

April 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Future Nuclear Technology and Industry Risk

Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry. They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional reactors. But many small modular reactor designs are also not fully proven on a commercial scale – and they’ll likely not achieve scale for another decade.[read more]

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

March 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Development and Governmental Support

If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.[read more]

Obama Administration Quietly Seeks Extra Boost for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

March 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Last week, the president issued an executive order mandating a 40% cut in carbon dioxide emissions across government agencies. Buried in the list of qualifying clean energy technologies was a reference to small modular nuclear technologies that are smaller and less capital-intensive than light water reactors.[read more]

Westinghouse Revives SMR Efforts

March 23, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Westinghouse Electric Company said this week that the NRC gave permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design. It is a major reversal of the company’s decision in February 2014 to cancel its development efforts due to several factors.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Modular Nuclear Energy

January 24, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Modular Nuclear Power

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that have the ability to be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, though SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology of larger plants.[read more]

SMRs: Why Not Now? Then When?

April 2, 2014 by Rod Adams

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

Small Nuclear Energy

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

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

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

nuclear energy

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

Small modular nuclear reactor

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

small modular reactor

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]