US government to fund up to half the cost of a five-year project to
design and commercialize small modular nuclear power reactors: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/20/obama-doe-fund-modular-nuclear-reactors/1717843/
"o develop a new generation of nuclear power, the Obama administration
announced Tuesday that it will fund up to half the cost of a five-year
project to design and commercialize small, modular reactors for the
United States. The Department of Energy said it aims to have these
reactors, which have attracted private funding from investors including
Bill Gates, in operation by 2022. It said it will negotiate the
project's total cost with Babcock & Wilcox, an energy technology
company based in Charlotte, that will lead the project in partnership
with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bechtel International.
"Low-carbon nuclear energy has an important role to play in America's
energy future," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in announcing the
award, citing President Obama's push for an all-of-the-above energy
strategy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. He said DOE will accept
funding requests from other companies developing such technology.
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are typically about one-third the size of
current nuclear power plants. Although some of the technology has been
used in naval propulsion plants, DOE says it's not been commercialized
yet in the United States but could offer lower upfront costs, improved
safety and greater flexibility. It says SMRs could be made in U.S.
factories and moved to sites, including remote or small areas that
cannot support large reactors, where they would be ready to "plug and
play" upon arrival."
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