I want one of these for Christmas:
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.
It’s a pity there seems to be such a “no nuclear” mentality in this country – and it’s funny that people who talk up scientific consensus on global warming, disregard the scientific consensus on the safety of nuclear energy (and GM foods for that matter). The above reactors not only have a small carbon footprint, but are small enough to satisfy the “decentralised community” ideal of so many greenies.
It seems the micro-reactor industry is ready to go critical in the next few years:
Other companies are known to be designing micro-reactors. Toshiba has been testing 200KW reactors measuring roughly six metres by two metres. Designed to fuel smaller numbers of homes for longer, they could power a single building for up to 40 years.