Letter: Other countries are moving ahead with small modular reactors, which are relatively cheap, can be made in factories and moved to where they are wanted. Inexplicably, our government is failing even to consider them for another decade or two.
Independent 9th Feb 2021 read more »
Despite a campaign lasting two decades, the nuclear industry’s dream of building hundreds of large reactors to lead the fight to save the planet from overheating has evaporated. While renewable energy industries, solar and wind in particular, get ever cheaper and expand faster, nuclear projects are steadily bogged down further in delays, cost over-runs and debt. Some large nuclear power stations are still under construction in Russia and China, but in Europe and North America they are badly delayed and few in number. Many projects that have been long planned but not yet started are being abandoned. This is despite the fact that nuclear-friendly governments, particularly those with nuclear-powered ships, submarines and weapons of mass destruction, have not given up on the industry. But now, instead of building ever-larger reactors, these governments are switching their attention and financial backing to small modular reactors (SMRs).
Climate News Network 10th Feb 2021 read more »