Small Modular Nuclear Reactors — Can the Latest Nuclear Technology Transform the Nuclear Industry?

5/19/2014
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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors — Can the Latest Nuclear Technology Transform the Nuclear Industry?

Today, large commercial nuclear reactors generate approximately 20 percent of the nation’s electricity and contribute 60 percent of the nation’s carbon-free electricity. Growing domestic electricity demand and a drive to use low-emission technologies bode well for the future of the domestic nuclear energy industry. However, an aging reactor fleet, rising construction and maintenance costs, safety concerns, and increasing pressure from low-cost natural gas pose challenges for the industry. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), one of the latest nuclear energy technology innovations, offer the potential to mitigate some of these challenges. The development of SMRs, nuclear reactor units with a 300 megawatt electrical output or less, has inspired renewed interest and investment, which could lead to a revival of the U.S. nuclear industry. This webinar will explore the unique characteristics of SMRs and their potential role in the nuclear energy industry. It will also discuss state and federal efforts to support development of SMR technologies.

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