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NuScale's tiny nuclear reactors can easily replace conventional nuclear power plants



The new American startup, based on the University of Oregon, aims to promote a new concept for the development of nuclear energy. It does not promise commercial benefits, but significantly reduces the risks of operating traditional huge nuclear power plants. The authors know what they are talking about - at the same university a petition arose about the climate crisis of 2019.

The technology of the new reactors is called "NuScale" and is a miniature version of a typical light-water reactor. The authors of the development emphasize that they did not invent anything fundamentally new, only deeply optimized the existing design. On the one hand, this will simplify its maintenance; on the other, such reactors can be built at existing plants cheaply and quickly.

The advantage of NuScale in the ratio of size and power is that they produce 60 MW of energy each, while up to hundreds of such micro-reactors can be installed in the WH-4 reactor compartment, like those at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois. It is emphasized that there is no need to upgrade the cooling system, a set of hundreds of NuScale reactors consumes as much water as two WH-4s. But only the old installation has a capacity of 2400 MW, and the new one has 100 * 60 MW.



It is reported that such tiny reactors will greatly simplify the construction of compact nuclear power plants anywhere in the world. It is possible that the creation of a mobile version of the nuclear power plant, in response to the needs of the military and the oil and gas sector. The project is currently under study by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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