28 Apr '15, 4pm

The Forgotten History of Small Nuclear Reactors

But nothing in the history of small nuclear reactors suggests that they would be more economical than full-size ones. In fact, the record is pretty clear: Without exception, small reactors cost too much for the little electricity they produced, the result of both their low output and their poor performance. In the end, as an analyst for General Electric pronounced in 1966, “Nuclear power is a big-plant business: it is most competitive in the large plant sizes.” And if large nuclear reactors are not competitive, it is unlikely that small reactors will do any better. Worse, attempts to make them cheaper might end up exacerbating nuclear power’s other problems : production of long-lived radioactive waste, linkage with nuclear weapons, and the occasional catastrophic accident.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/nuclear/the-forgotten-his...

Tweets

The Forgotten History of Small Nuclear Reactors

spectrum.ieee.org 27 Apr '15, 7pm

But nothing in the history of small nuclear reactors suggests that they would be more economical than full-size ones. In f...

Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear Power?

Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear...

renewableenergyworld.com 28 Apr '15, 2pm

Cities and nations are rapidly installing small and large-scale renewable power sources and new storage technologies. Even...

Japan Anticipates Clean Energy Will Edge Out Nu...

renewableenergyworld.com 28 Apr '15, 5pm

Though the eagerly-awaited report — the result of months of study by a ministry panel debating the electricity mix — conti...

Obama Administration Releases New Nuclear Warhead Numbers

Obama Administration Releases New Nuclear Warhe...

fas.org 28 Apr '15, 4am

In a speech to the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State Jo...

Helping small businesses reach new customers wi...

adwords.blogspot.com 28 Apr '15, 8pm

When it comes to attracting customers, small businesses know that showcasing their products online can help them get in fr...