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(BBC-US)   Well, it is the 21st Century, so of course we can pick up a canned nuclear reactor at the drugstore   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Rolls-Royce SMR, United Kingdom, chief executive Tom Samson, Rolls-Royce plc, Airbus, Chief executive officer, Decolonization, appetite of the UK  
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2022-07-05 1:56:45 PM  
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2022-07-05 3:12:23 PM  
With a random photo of a tokamak fusion reactor because joonurlisum dugree.
 
2022-07-05 3:17:56 PM  
"Canned Nuclear Reactor" is the name of my favorite Sativa strain.
 
2022-07-05 3:36:51 PM  
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'Oh, bollocks! Someone tipped over another tin of wiring smoke.'

'I'll start up the rebranded cat-detector van - the one with all those bleedin' ariels.'
 
2022-07-05 4:14:57 PM  
I'm sure in 2052 plutonium is in every corner drug store, but in 2022, it's a little hard to come by
 
2022-07-05 4:17:59 PM  
Small enough to steal.

Small enough to create an insitu dirty bomb.

Brilliant.
 
2022-07-05 4:24:08 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Small enough to steal.

Small enough to create an insitu dirty bomb.

Brilliant.


Know how I know you didn't RTFA?

Rolls-Royce SMR said one of its power stations would occupy about a tenth of the size of a conventional nuclear plant - the equivalent footprint of two football pitches - and power approximately a million homes.
 
2022-07-05 4:28:00 PM  

Rezurok: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Small enough to steal.

Small enough to create an insitu dirty bomb.

Brilliant.

Know how I know you didn't RTFA?

Rolls-Royce SMR said one of its power stations would occupy about a tenth of the size of a conventional nuclear plant - the equivalent footprint of two football pitches - and power approximately a million homes.


And just like maintenance, they'll cheap out on security after the journos lose interest.
 
2022-07-05 4:35:27 PM  

ColleenSezWhuut: With a random photo of a tokamak fusion reactor because joonurlisum dugree.


Came here to say this. This explains why all the details focused on timeline and cost and left operating type to "fission reactor."

Of course timline and cost are a major point when it comes to any new nuclear reactor. but so is what Roles Royce is doing to make the fission and generate the electricity.

Is it light water, heavy water, helium, sodium, CO2, once through, or primary/secondayconfiguration?

Is it fast or thermal, is it a thorium breeder, an actinide burner, TRISO fuel, pebble bed, stable salt, molten salt UO2, UN, UC or something else?

Is it inherently safe, or does it need defense in depth? How do they plan on manufactoring and heat treating the pressure vessels if it needs one?

So many questions and all we get is a picture of a Tokamak and its an SMR that might cost 2 billion dollars with 10 rolled out over the next 25 years.
/smh
 
2022-07-05 5:52:46 PM  
Will it fit in my Corvega?
 
2022-07-05 6:23:53 PM  

Rezurok: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Small enough to steal.

Small enough to create an insitu dirty bomb.

Brilliant.

Know how I know you didn't RTFA?

Rolls-Royce SMR said one of its power stations would occupy about a tenth of the size of a conventional nuclear plant - the equivalent footprint of two football pitches - and power approximately a million homes.


the reactor, about 16 metres by 4 metres, able to be transported by road, rail or sea

Cooling tower and other accessories extra.
 
2022-07-05 6:54:44 PM  
It's not quite the Mr. Fusion we were promised.
 
2022-07-05 7:19:53 PM  
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2022-07-05 7:44:51 PM  

Gordon Bennett: It's not quite the Mr. Fusion we were promised.


Wait ten years.
 
2022-07-05 11:36:43 PM  
Sorry math doesn't add up.

If 150 onshore wind turbines produce the equivalent power to a 2 billion dollar reactor, then so long as the wind turbine cost less than 13 million each, wind will be more profitable. Even if every rosy prediction  for SMR is true.
 
2022-07-06 12:01:23 AM  

ExYank: Sorry math doesn't add up.

If 150 onshore wind turbines produce the equivalent power to a 2 billion dollar reactor, then so long as the wind turbine cost less than 13 million each, wind will be more profitable. Even if every rosy prediction  for SMR is true.


How much does it cost to make the wind blow whenever you need power?
 
2022-07-06 3:36:10 PM  

scanman61: ExYank: Sorry math doesn't add up.

If 150 onshore wind turbines produce the equivalent power to a 2 billion dollar reactor, then so long as the wind turbine cost less than 13 million each, wind will be more profitable. Even if every rosy prediction  for SMR is true.

How much does it cost to make the wind blow whenever you need power?


2 billion dollars, if you're a huge fan of nuclear power. Actually, one huge fan per wind turbine.
 
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