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Nukes – Part 5

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Senior Consultant: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and...

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This paper is a 2021 update on (1) Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) from U.S. Reactor Manufacturers that are at least somewhat likely to be built before 2030 (although not necessarily in the U.S.) and a fusion near-commercial power plant that is at least somewhat likely to be built before 2040 (probably in the U.S.).

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Jim Stack on Sep 17, 2021

John,  with the vmcost and water use not to mention the finite uranium supply Nuclear just does have a sustainable future. 

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John Benson on Sep 17, 2021

Hi Jimw:

Thanks for the comment. 

I believe that Nuclear Fission will be economically viable where PV and /or wind are not. (In the far north, for instance). Others agree with this assessment. Specifically see my upcoming post this Tuesday (9/21). Nuclear fusion, on the other hand might be viable once it is actually producing power. NIF-LIFE appears to have a viable concept for this. Go to Section 4 of the paper linked below for the details.

https://energycentral.com/c/cp/distant-nuclear-fusion

-John

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