[LINK] Small nuclear reactor revolution

Sam Silvester sam.silvester at gmail.com
Mon May 29 10:42:05 AEST 2017

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 9:34 AM, Stephen Loosley <stephenloosley at zoho.com>

> "Small 'modular' nuclear reactors, or SMRs, are defined as reactor systems
> that are comparatively small, compact and entirely factory built. As a
> result, SMRs can be placed underground or underwater and moved for
> decommissioning. They employ "passive" safety systems that do not require
> human intervention – therefore fewer staff – and use a relatively small
> amount of nuclear material."
> An attractive proposition?
Trying to work out if this is a fair interpretation:

> They're also much cheaper than a Hinkley. One Rolls-Royce-led UK joint
> venture is slated to cost £1.25bn. It's smaller, too. The plant would cover
> a tenth of the area that a traditional nuclear power station does.

The big boys are also prowling. That £1.25bn Rolls-Royce consortium
> includes Amec Foster Wheeler, Nuvia and Arup. Rolls-Royce has submitted
> detailed designs to the government for SMRs capable of generating 220MW,
> and that could be doubled up to 440MW.

So they mention 1.25 billion pounds and I think the article is saying that
is for a 220MW plant.

That's some expensive power, if so!


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