Smaller, Cheaper Nuclear Reactors Are on the Way


EXCERPT: Over the last 20 years, only one new nuclear plant has finished construction in the United States. There are many different reasons for this, but one of the biggest by far is that nuclear reactors are extremely expensive and complicated to build. [...] But all that might be about to change, thanks to a new reactor design that’s smaller, cheaper and easier to build. [...] Small modular reactors are dramatically different from standard nuclear reactors with their iconic cooling towers. [...] much cheaper and faster to construct. [...] making them an ideal fit for rural and suburban communities that don’t need a gigawatt or more of power....


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