Featured in Science Magazine today, NuScale Power, a spinout from Oregon State University, is planning simpler, smaller, safer gang-lashable nuclear reactors, with a trial in the early 2020s. A schematic is shown below.
As I’ve noted here elsewhere, the reason why conventional nuclear reactor designs have a negative learning curve is because the industry did not turn the nuclear reactors into commodities, taking advantage of large scale replication.
Despite the unhappiness some have with nuclear power, it is clear that a good solution to most of its ills, including cost and rollout time, would be a godsend for providing the massive amounts of electrical power we need to electrify the entire United States and the world.
I continue to argue that those who oppose such developments on some kind of principle do not understand or appreciate the desperate
solution situation with respect to climate change we have placed ourselves, and the soon-to-be-realized consequences.