Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Small RX plant at Savannah River?
World Nuclear News reported on the 10th that Hyperion has a fresh agreement with the DoE to construct one of its proprietary small, fast reactors for testing with an expected output of roughly 75 MWt / 25 MWe. Apparently there are some shortcuts through the red tape that would normally obstruct building this new design at, say, a commercially operated site since DoE plans to build this unit at the Savannah River Site. This fast-tracking would get the reactor built much sooner than if it were built for commercial power generation and operated by a utility. With the seeming very recent cooling down of the nuclear fervor, let's hope this gets done.