Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes- smaller than a back-yard shed

Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.

The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.

The US government has licensed the technology to Hyperion, a New Mexico-based company which said last week that it has taken its first firm orders and plans to start mass production within five years. 'Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world,' said John Deal, chief executive of Hyperion. 'They will cost approximately $25m [£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home.'

Deal claims to have more than 100 firm orders, largely from the oil and electricity industries, but says the company is also targeting developing countries and isolated communities. 'It's leapfrog technology,' he said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/09/miniature-nuclear-reac...

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I would like to see nuclear reactors so small that a neighborhood could purchase one. Of course if that happened, the electric industry would opposed to it on "safety" issues.

Many question the safety of nuclear power.

To that I ask, why is it that in our nuclear Navy can we entrust 18 yr olds who are barely out of high school with nuclear reactors and have not had an incident?

If there is a difference between our civilian run and military run reactors then we should study the differences and make the necessary changes.

MikeyA

MikeyA

And we should also move civilians to travel by the F22 Raptor, because DUH, if the military can do it then civilians can DEFINITELY do it.

T++

I'm all about the 2005 Warthog

but MAACO wants to charge an arm and a leg to paint the damn thing....

MikeyA has a point. With the proper safeguards, it would be safer to have a nuclear power plant than wind farms or solar panels powering neighborhoods.

Actually, surprisingly, I wouldn't mind the idea of nuclear powered neighborhoods. I don't see where it would be safer than solar panels, maybe more reliable, but not safer -- but I don't doubt the technology can be developed or has been developed to maintain the safety of little nuke generators. I'm all about technology creating a more efficient, smarter, cost-effective (long-term), and more independent America. But the argument for nuclear powered neighborhoods was SO up for a little satire, because come on, saying that if the 18 year old military boyz and galz can do it, then civilians should is just plain laughable. I don't see anyone advocating giving me a nuclear sub to go perch fishing in Lake Erie. I bet they have some dope ass perch tracking on those ships.

I'm thinking it's not too safe to have solar panels flung about as I would with a properly built reactor, but I guess as with everything else, it's location location location...

My point is that with the proper training anyone could work in a nuclear facility and have it run quite efficiently.

And as to your point about the F22. Not only was it built by civilians but they were a large chunk of those who trained the aviators who fly them.

In fact our military aviation entry level training is comprised of almost totally civilians.

MikeyA

MikeyA

weenies on the left,won't allow this to happen.Just like they have prevented us from getting oil anywhere in America.Just like they have prevented us from building any nuke plants SINCE 1970! Just like they have prevented us from building any new oil refineries since,1971!! These convaluted radical leftist ',SCREAM progress ,on every front,EXCEPT, progress in the energy fields. Recall, the Alaska pipeline in 1974? These same leftists liars stated there was ONLY 3 years of oil to retrieve. WELL, that oil field is STILL PUMPING oil and it's what? 34 years LATER!!! Forcasts by radical liars, is NEVER to be trusted,EVER! So, don't hold your breath when it comes to PROGRESS, when a liberal is saying it,you can sure their type of progress is EXACTLY what the current Dimorat Congress has done for two years.....NOTHING!! NO PROGRESS IS PERMITED!! America, where are ya!

Chris - can we please get an ignore feature for idiots... or anyone who can't write over a 3rd grade level.

Either would work here.

notice the education,and sameness of some contributors? Very well adjusted folks to be sure.Well, adjusted people are always pushovers.They have no hangups,and are all alike.Kind of like sheep,who say the SAME things, as someone before them.Whining about the exact same things ALWAYS,with the exact same lament! No individualism here at all.It is easy to see why they would fall for a thug stating CHANGE over and over again,Soon, the sheep start repeating,CHANGE, and more CHANGE,is necessary! And what change is immediately noticed? Retreads from prior blogs,and retreads from prior administrations.Some change alright,more like sheep,whose language is about as varied as contributors here!

that anyone with any semblance of sanity would avoid hacking your password to Swampbubbles to pretend they are you.

What you've typed is evident of a coward with absolutely no couth, honor, respect nor dignity, Mr Coon.

But I'm all about putting a nuke plant in every neighborhood.

that DEMONRATS, who have poisoned Toledo and America ,big time, have a bunch of lazy milksops in their party. In Toledo, Head Start,ran by Dims' is WAY over BUDGET?! Toledo, $20 million over budget. America, $2.5 trillion over budget. Ohio, $900 million over budget. And, their pathetic auto workers,who BUILD JUNK, now want a bailout,and WANT us to buy their JUNK?! Hey, listen ,sell your junk to the jackasses in Vero, Fla.,they are so stupid,they'll buy your trash! They bought the trash the Chicago street thug was selling, BIG TIME! What is it with you Dumborats? Ever take any accounting or economics clases?! Oh, sociology was your major, NO WONDER, your so bloody lost! Maybe, you heathens can get Karen McConnell ,to do your legal work for you,she is GOOOOOD!!

"America, $2.5 trillion over budget."

You mean Republicans, right?

WHO

has been head of Congress for the past two years? Reid-Dim.,Pelosi-Dimmer.,you-even Dimest,if thats' possible. See, what I mean about sameness and sheep-like? Don't, any of you Dimbulbs ,have any answers or ,is name-calling and being STUPID, the best you've got?! Here's one for you,Did you vote for Finkwhiner....admit it fools...you did,and you also voted for the Chicago street pimp didn't you? YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET THE EXACT SAME RESULTS!!! I'll bet my raspberries on it!.Or, did you fools vote AGAIN , for KAPTUR???!? YOU DID? Ohhhh, my LORD,all of my POINTS PROVEN! Between the Florida sun burning out poofs, INSANITY seems to make fools do the same stupid thing over and over and over AGAIN! INSANE!

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