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2022-06-05 SMRs – Small Modular Reactors Make 5X Radioactive Waste

Small modular reactors produce 5 or more times the radioactive waste that full sized reactors produce. Quote: ” << Stanford University’s Lindsay Krall, who led the research, said information from the industry is “promotional”, echoing past criticisms that SMRs are still “PowerPoint reactors” with no detailed engineering to back up the concept. “SMR performed

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2022-06-03 New Nuclear, SMRs Look Hopeless

There are so many of us that have had hope that nuclear would remain about about 20 to 25% of the US generating capacity. But it looks like that is going to wither away. The existing nuclear power plants are aging and the utilities are planning to shut them down as their licenses expire. Perhaps

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2022-03-18 Portable Micro Reactor Develops ~1 MW Electric

This portable microreactor seems a bit unrealistic. The nuclear reaction – more than 3 million watts thermal – puts out a lot of radioactivity. A reactor can’t be placed in an inhabited area without shielding. I suppose they would put the reactor several meters underground where the ground would shield the radiation from living things.

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2022-02-25 SMR “Too Late, Too Risky” – Report

A quote from this IEEFA report: << The small modular reactor (SMR) that Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing since the turn of the century is “too late, too expensive, too risky, and too uncertain,” according to an analysis conducted by an American think tank that recommends the project be abandoned. Best estimates are that

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