Advanced Small Modular Reactors

What are Small Modular Reactors? A small modular reactor (SMR) is a nuclear fission reactor with power-generating capacity under 300 megawatts. About 1/3 to 1/4 the size of a traditional nuclear energy plant, SMRs feature compact, simplified designs with advanced safety features. Small modular reactors are envisioned to vary in size from...

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Carbon Free Power Project

The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) formally launched the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in 2015 as part of its long-term strategy to reduce carbon emissions and replace aging coal-fired plants with a nonfossil fuel, and medium-sized, flexible power generating source. The project calls for constructing a Small Modular...

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HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries

Earlier this year, HBO released a five-part drama on the Chernobyl nuclear accident. HBO states the series, “dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident,” and the sacrifices that were made to save Europe from “unimaginable disaster.”  The dramatic series has sparked questions by the public about whether such an...

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Versatile Test Reactor (VTR)

In FY-18, Congress allocated $35 million to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy to begin developing a conceptual design, cost estimate, and schedule for a fast spectrum test reactor to support advanced nuclear reactor research and development. Another $65 million was set aside in the FY-19 budget....

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