Low cost Fission energy down the hole… but lets throw energy in a mountain.

Posted on July 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Next week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will rule on an application from NuScale Power, an Oregon-based startup that is seeking federal clearance to move ahead with its project to build mini or portable nuclear reactors.
Because of their size, the mini plants can be built at a central factory and shipped via rail or large truck anywhere in the country, keeping construction costs down.
An Energy Department official told New Scientist magazine four years ago that such reactors wouldn’t require maintenance or need to be refueled. After their useful life of about 30 years they could be returned to the factory.
And oh yes: They’re virtually terrorist-proof.
While neighbourhood-friendly mini nuclear plants could displace a large number of traditional coal- and gas-fired power plants, they would be especially useful in remote areas where fossil fuels are used to run generators making it unnecessary to burn large amounts of gasoline and diesel to transport other fossil fuels to these isolated outposts.
It would be helpful if many of those who are now thinking differently in bureaucracy on the hill this week…
Read full at Investors Business Daily

Also I originally reported this in December 07

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