The Generation Professionals Group is for utility professionals who work in biomass, coal, gas/oil, hydro, natural gas, or nuclear power generation fields. 


Nukes – Part 5

image credit:
John Benson's picture
Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

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

  • Member since 2013
  • 851 items added with 577,791 views
  • Sep 16, 2021

Access Publication

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.).

Jim Stack's picture
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. 

John Benson's picture
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.


John Benson's picture
Thank John for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »