The U.K. government is championing small nuclear reactors as a key part of its decarbonization strategy in a move that left developers of traditional large-scale plants in limbo. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government’s 12 billion-pound ($15.9 billion) strategy to green the economy included 500 million pounds for reactors that are a fraction of the size and cost of traditional nuclear plants. The aim is to encourage private investors to bring more capital into developing the technology. Small modular reactors and advanced modular reactors are cheaper and quicker to build than big conventional stations like the Hinkley Point project Electricite de France SA has underway in south west England. While bigger reactors have been in use for decades, the smaller ones are being promoted as an alternative that may be quicker to deploy. Companies led by Rolls Royce Holdings Plc are working on 16 small nuclear reactors by 2050, and NuScale Power LLC in the U.S. is also bidding for work.
Bloomberg 18th Nov 2020 read more »
Nuclear-powered Edens may have looked promising when imagined in stock western settings, but the actual nuclear West suffered astounding material harm. Detonations pulverized desert test sites, and fallout scattered radioactive contamination far and wide. Production of fissionable materials polluted existing arable land in places such as the Hanford Site—a dismal story chronicled by historian Kate Brown.
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