Universities are interested in small modular reactor technologies

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 Universities interested in small modular reactor technology

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American institutions of higher education are exploring not only the possibility of using SMR in the future to power buildings, including buildings of universities and research centers, but also the potential replacement of “small” coal and gas-fired nuclear power plants that bring about climate change.

Caleb Brooks, professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois, notes that the university hopes to develop SMR technology as part of a clean energy future. The facility plans to apply for a permit to build a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor designed by Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, with the goal of starting operation in early 2028.

Jacopo Buongiorno, professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes that microreactors will be “transformational” because they can be built in factories and are “plug and play”; run in place. “This is what we want to see: on-demand nuclear power as a product, not as a big megaproject,” – he says.

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