The new nuclear project generating the most excitement in the U.S. is all about making things smaller. NuScale Power LLC, a company spun out of Oregon State University in 2007, plans to churn out small reactors on an assembly line, then sell them to utilities as six-packs or 12-packs. The company signed a deal last year with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and the U.S. Department of Energy to build a power-generating facility in Idaho, and its design was accepted for review by the NRC earlier this month. All these reactors are of the same basic light-water design as existing U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, albeit with lots of safety and efficiency upgrades. There are also companies big and small working on next-generation (Generation IV, to use the lingo) reactors that use different technologies. A key theme of last week’s Breakthrough Institute report is that the U.S. government should be doing more to encourage small, entrepreneurial firms to lead the way.
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