Japanese firms to develop small nuclear reactors
Oct 24 01:08 AM US/Eastern
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Japan’s major nuclear reactor manufacturers have begun developing small nuclear power systems for both developed and emerging countries, a report said on Saturday.
Toshiba Corp. is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the United States, the Nikkei business daily said.
The new reactor, the Toshiba 4S, is designed to minimise the need for monitoring and maintenance, with an automatic shutdown function to ensure safety in case of problems, the newspaper said.
Toshiba plans to market the reactor first in the United States, while foreseeing demand from emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe as well as in Africa, it said.
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For America’s “lost generation” of nuke engineers, I’m sure the approval of this will really put a knot in their shorts.
At one time, America “owned” the nuclear engineering niche.
France gets 80% of its power from nukes; we get near zero.
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