The development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), generating up to 300MW, are already getting support for civilian purposes. The military in Russia, China and the U.S. are also interested. It should reduce the reliance on long fuel supply lines, the defence of which costs lives. SMRs would be factory made and delivered on site. But Lukas Trakimavičius says many difficult questions must be answered before the West commits to this solution. To prevent the theft of nuclear material military SMRs would have to be sealed at the factory, obstructing on-site repair (and therefore risking meltdowns) should there be an attack. Can nuclear regulators be effective when the plant is in a war zone? How do you comply with nuclear non-proliferation rules and the domestic laws of the host country? Are there cheaper alternatives? And, finally, the West’s appetite for keeping a military presence in hostile areas for very long periods, as it has done in Afghanistan and Iraq, is declining. So will it be needed at all?
Energy Post 7th Dec 2020 read more »
Belgian engineering firm Tractebel today unveiled its vision for small modular reactors (SMRs), in which it notes that Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Poland, the UK and the USA, among other countries, have “expressed a clear willingness to shape the future”. Its White Paper, The rise of nuclear technology 2.0, is the result of three years of “deep-diving the promises” of this advanced nuclear technology, and investing thousands of engineering hours in technical due diligence and market studies.
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