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New Nukes

#1  Postby Macdoc » Dec 16, 2019 3:50 pm

Been waiting for this for a while to materialize. At least it's not like fusion ...forever over the horizon.
Conventional nukes just cannot compete with renewables for a variety of reasons.. These should be able to for local base load.

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The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer
A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals.




https://www.wired.com/story/the-next-nu ... ource=digg
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#2  Postby Svartalf » Dec 16, 2019 4:19 pm

looks interesting, but something bothers me: if that approach were as viable, productive and secure as they say, why have we pursued systematically bigger and more cumbersome kinds of reactors? I mean, that article does admit that the next generation of American reactors seems to be suffering from the same overtime and overcosts problems as our EPR do... meaning that, in spite of likely differences, both continents (OK, the US and France) seem to have oriented their research along similar parameters... why has nu scale's line of research not been pursued by others?
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#3  Postby felltoearth » Dec 16, 2019 4:47 pm

The answer is in the article:

“Frankly, the regulatory paradigm is built for large reactors,” DeWitte says.


Regulatory frameworks drive infrastructure.
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#4  Postby Svartalf » Dec 16, 2019 5:01 pm

must admit I didn't really get that sentence, yeah, regulations as they stand have been set up for the typical huge reactor... if nu scale gets the get go, you can bet a new train of regulatory measures will be issued in short order
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