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NuScale Wins Second Round of DOE SMR Funding Under FOA

December 19, 2013 by Rod Adams

On December 12, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of NuScale as the winner of the second round of funding under the Department of Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).[read more]

Are small modular reactors (SMR) viable?

March 5, 2011 by Rod Adams

 As you watch this special on the small nuclear reactions being developed by NuScale in Corvallis, Oregon, pay close attention to the points at which the reporter explains why he and his producers believe it will be a long time before there are small modular reactors operating in the United States. I assume they did not take...[read more]

Interest in Smaller Nuclear Energy Systems Continues to Heat Up - Bloomberg Businessweek Latest to Notice

May 17, 2010 by Rod Adams

On Monday, May 17, 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article by Jeremy van Loon and Alex Morales titled Fridge-Sized Nuclear Reactors to Tap $135 Billion Power Market. The article focuses on John Deal, CEO of Hyperion and his effort to build sealed units that can operate in remote locations for 5-8 years before needing to have...[read more]

Nukes: Why small is beautiful

February 22, 2010 by Marc Gunther

If anyone tells you they know what building a new nuclear power plant is going to cost, be skeptical. No one has built a commercial nuclear power plant in decades in the U.S. During the 1970s and 1980s, cost overruns derailed more than 100 reactors. (Ever-increasing regulatory burdens and sky-high interest rates drove up costs, too.) In...[read more]