Thanks for the link to the Starcore reactor item slated for Canada.
The small modularization design is way overdue IMHO.
However, I would not have selected the high temperature gas cooling as the best
option. And the tricore fuel has a drawback as being hard to reprocess, and it
is subject to brittle fracture.
I hope the reactor plant design has a good system for sampling for failed fuel
balls which are not the same as pellets used in the early Oak Ridge reactor
design. Intact fuel destined for disposal may be hard to assurefor the long
term with a residual heat source inside a tennis ball-sized fuel “element”.
Refueling becomes a head ache when fuel elements fail.
I doubt the reactor is inherently safe as advertised with brittle fracture to
worry about as pressure builds up inside the fuel.
Also the Helium coolant is expensive and hard to control, although it is a good
heat transfer medium for HTGR’s. Hopefully it does not get contaminated with
fission gases—xenon and krypton—which are not easy to control.
Lastly. I trust that Canada requires high quality technical management and will
unbiased oversight for design and operation for the multiple reactor’s
suggested for the future. I hope Canadian over sight is NOT like the dismal
government reactor over sight in Japan.
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Subject: [Vo]:possible demonstration site for SMR
Pinawa eyes nuclear-powered future
TOWN IN TALKS WITH SMALL MODULAR REACTOR INDUSTRY TO BECOME DEMONSTRATION SITE