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Meet Ten of the Next Five Successful Advanced Reactors

Matthew L. Wald writes in The Breakthrough Institute about emerging advanced nuclear reactors.

The C3 Take
  • Several innovative companies are developing next-generation advanced nuclear reactors.
  • Light water advanced reactors, which will likely hit the market first, use the same technology as large nuclear power plants but at a much smaller size.
  • Meanwhile, TerraPower’s Natrium reactor uses molten salt storage to store power and deliver to the grid during times of peak demand.
  • Innovation and research and development are unleashing clean energy technologies.

“At the moment, the new reactors with the shortest path to commercial deployment look to be light-water reactors: they use fuel that is already commercially produced and most of their various components are already in production. Of the new light-water reactors, the three that seem most likely to be commercialized first (detailed below) are all ‘small modular reactors,’ meaning that they can be factory-manufactured, and built faster, allowing for lower costs and easier quality control.”

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