- Oct 25, 2021 11:46 pm GMT
"California company Radiant has secured funding to develop a compact, portable, "low-cost" one-megawatt nuclear micro-reactor that fits in a shipping container, powers about 1,000 homes and uses a helium coolant instead of water.
Founded by ex-SpaceX engineers, who decided the Mars colony power sources they were researching would make a bigger impact closer to home, Radiant has pulled in US$1.2 million from angel investors to continue work on its reactors, which are specifically designed to be highly portable, quick to deploy and effective wherever they're deployed; remote communities and disaster areas are early targets.
The military is another key market here; a few of these could power an entire military base in a remote area for four to eight years before expending its "advanced particle fuel," eliminating not just the emissions of the current diesel generators, but also the need to constantly bring in trucks full of fuel for this purpose."
I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of Radiant at a Stand Up For Nuclear! event on the campus of USC in 2019. After working long hours at Spacex for 13 years, he had decided it was time to spend some time with his family - while pursuing his dream of developing a microreactor on his own schedule.
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