A new Nuclear option for cheap local power?

– I think we’ll have to wait a few days or weeks to see what other folks have to say about these mini-nuclear plants.   The promoters make them sound good but, of course, they got a stake in the matter so they are only going to spin the positive side.   I’m going to wait to hear all sides before I come to any conclusions.

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Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes

Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.

The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.

The US government has licensed the technology to Hyperion, a New Mexico-based company which said last week that it has taken its first firm orders and plans to start mass production within five years. ‘Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world,’ said John Deal, chief executive of Hyperion. ‘They will cost approximately $25m [£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home.’

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– Research thanks to David D.

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