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The Observer (via FriendFeed) via FriendFeed on 11/9/08 bob (friend of
Paul Buchheit) posted a link Mini nuclear plants to power 20,000 homes
| Environment | The Observer 1 hour ago - Comment - Like Steve Olson,
Chris White and torque liked this "Nuclear power plants smaller than a
garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five
years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which
developed the first atomic bomb. The miniature reactors will be
factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts
and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in
concrete and buried underground...'They will cost approximately $25m
[£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very
affordable $250 per home.' Deal claims to have more than 100 firm
orders, largely from the oil and electricity industries, but says the
company is also targeting developing countries and isolated
communities. 'It's leapfrog technology,' he said. The company plans to
set up three factories to produce 4,000 plants between 2013 and
2023. 'We already have a pipeline for 100 reactors, and we are taking
our time to tool up to mass-produce this reactor.'" - bob It would be
nice. What are the odds this thing will actually be built though. The
company looks pretty new. http://www.hyperionpowergenera... "Once sited
safely in its underground containment vessel, an HPM is monitored but
does not require a battery of operational personnel.. It just quietly
delivers safe, reliable power – 70 MW thermal or 25 MW electric via
steam turbine – for a period of seven to 10 years. The core of the HPM
produces energy via a safe, natural heat-producing process that occurs
with the oscillation of hydrogen in uranium hydride. HPMs cannot go
“supercritical,” melt down, or get “too hot.” It maintains its safe,
operating temperature without the introduction and removal of “cooling
rods” – an operation that has the potential for mechanical failure." -
Paul Buchheit
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