- Mar 21, 2022 5:01 am GMT
"Canada is investing $21.4 million to support Westinghouse’s next generation eVinci micro-reactor so the $45.1 million project can be licensed in the country.
"With eVinci, Westinghouse aims to balance resilient power with minimal maintenance, particularly in remote locations.
"Westinghouse touts the micro-reactor’s solid core and advanced heat pipes, which enable passive core heat extraction and allow for autonomous operation and load following capabilities. The reactor is designed to provide up to 5 MWe of combined heat and power.
"According to the company, other benefits of eVinci include an easily transportable generator; a 40-year design life with three-plus year refueling interval; and a target of less than 30 days of on-site installation."
"In earlier development of eVinci, Westinghouse received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for the development of a self-regulating solid core block (SCB) that employs solid materials to inherently self-regulate the reaction rate in a nuclear reactor."
Only a country severely under its oil industry's thumb would allow a neighbor to co-opt development of a nuclear project with such endless possibilities for developing countries.
Our loss in geopolitical influence to Russia and China is a direct result of our failure to maintain prominence in promising nuclear power technologies, with ominous signs for the future.
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