Tiny nuclear reactor as an affordable alternative to solar energy

(ORDO NEWS) — After the certification of the new reactor, for which documents have already been submitted, each town can have its own nuclear power plant that feeds it with energy – safe and efficient.

An energy startup in Oregon (USA) is going to change the way people think about nuclear energy. The developed NuScale reactor is small and, according to its creators, much safer than any modern nuclear reactors: it is easier to put in a protective casing and easier to control in case of an emergency.

One of the advantages of using the new reactor is that it does not need to be hidden in the 15-kilometer exclusion zone. It can be located within the city and feed it with electricity, and without loss during transmission over many kilometers.

Thus, the landscape will also get rid of power lines dangerous to people. The developers are claiming a new clean energy source that they say is as good as wind or solar power.

In the NuScale reactor, the core is cooled by circulation of ordinary fresh water, as is the case in today’s operating nuclear power plants, but on a much smaller scale and due to gravity. Due to the size of the reactor, there is very little nuclear fuel, which is easy to control.

The NuScale power is 60 MW per hour, which is tens and hundreds of times less than the power of nuclear power plants, but if necessary, the number of reactors can be increased, resulting in the required amount of energy.

Thus, in the future, instead of hundreds of potentially dangerous nuclear power plants, there may be thousands of safe ones that take up much less space and do not require complex infrastructure.


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