“ADVANCED” REACTOR UPDATE – April 2020

TO SUMMARIZE: WHY AM I OPTIMISTIC?

  • 1. NuScale, and other SMRs, will soon be approved by NRC, giving us a “bridge” until Gen-4 reactors become common.

  • 2. Six Gen-4 families, while daunting at first, give a multi-faceted approach.

  • 3. The concept of floating reactors (by Thorcon) is very practical. à

  • 4. To provide a better option than coal for Asian expansion is a huge step forward.

  • 5. Multiple concurrent assembly lines might allow nuclear technology to scale up to meet realistic needs.