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I have a broad background in utilities and energy. I worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time I rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person...

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Interesting bit of news that I did not see in the morning papers...

That is now two SMR projects that have been announced. Both are of reasonable size, and have deep pocket backers. Mr Gates and Mr. Buffett have announced the second project.

I have to wonder of the 7 year build schedule, how much is permitting, environment studies, etc. and how much is the actual construction. I honestly don't know.

Neither of these projects - by themselves is enough to make up for other facilities closing. If they don't turn into series production, then neither will prove economic in the long run, and we will still have a to figure out baseload power - be it storage, or ...?

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Vince Bowen on Jun 8, 2021

Without the Versatile Test Reactor, I'm guessing this first molten salt reactor is using EBR-II proven technology to get approved by the NRC. This will be a safe method as EBR-II experiments demonstrating the safety of sodium cooled reactors and the fuel technology already exists. I think siting it in Wyoming is the perfect storm. As coal and crude oil demand lowers, Wyoming's tanked economy will have a fighting chance. 

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Mark Silverstone on Jun 8, 2021

It amazes me that no one seems to mind the government giving $80 million to two of the richest people on the planet in order to pursue their hobby.

Yes, the world has gone mad.

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 14, 2021

It amazes me that no one seems to mind giving $166 billion in subsidies to renewables -  sources that generate only 10% of global electricity.

Renewables are the biggest waste of financial and environmental capital in world history.

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