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2020-10-23 9:16:39 PM  
If you want electric cars, this is probably your best option to charge them.
 
2020-10-23 9:33:33 PM  
I'm for this, Would like to see old defunct atomic plants rehabbed with these. They could also replace coal plants.
 
2020-10-24 3:42:49 AM  

cirby: If you want electric cars, this is probably your best option to charge them.


I'm not buying an electric vehicle that I have to take to a nuclear power plant to recharge.
 
2020-10-24 12:35:52 PM  
What a useless "refresher" in the article. Is the cooling system and size the only unique thing about it? How much per unit are they expected to cost? What's the power generation? How does the reaction work? What else makes it different?
 
2020-10-24 1:08:29 PM  

cirby: If you want electric cars, this is probably your best option to charge them.


I think this is neat (along with other small reactor efforts), but electric car charging is can be a good fit for variable power sources, provided you have a way to control when the charging happens.  That could be smart grid type communication, or just time of use price signals.  If I come home and plug my car in I'd like it to be ready the next morning for work, and I don't necessarily care how much power the charger was pulling from the grid at what time.
 
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