Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Finally: The USA Moves On Next-Generation Nuclear

Yesterday, I wrote about the problems with disposal of solar panels. Today, I have fantastic news: After Canada and other nations have begun to deploy next-generation nuclear power, the United States is finally moving in that direction.
U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small modular reactor that Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems plans to build at a U.S. Department of Energy site in eastern Idaho.
The small reactors can produce about 60 megawatts of energy, or enough to power more than 50,000 homes. The proposed project includes 12 small modular reactors. The first would be built in 2029, with the rest in 2030.
I wish it could be deployed more quickly. Nex-Gen nuclear is clean and extremely safe. It is the solution to the issue of putting too much carbon into the atmosphere.

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