Ros Davidson Technology - 13/October/2022

The strange case of small modular reactors

A small but bullish band of researchers are developing small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) to provide firm low-carbon electricity in a decentralised, flexible power system. But time to make an impact on the energy transition is running out

SMR technology remains unproven and susceptible to the same cost and delays issues facing traditional nuclear generation, which is clinging on to its market share

THEORETICAL POTENTIAL Supporters demonstrate the benefits small modular reactors have over traditional nuclear plants but they remain an unproven technology

INCOMPATIBLE GENERATION Nuclear and renewable energy programmes tend not to co-exist well together

KEY QUOTE If it’s not cheap and flexible, what’s the point? ...

 

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