Ken Kok, nuclear engineer, Editor of the Nuclear Engineering Handbook. David Dalton, contributor to NUCNET: GE Hitachi is beginning licensing of a scaled down, simplified version of their boiling water nuclear power technology they have been developing for over 60 years. Licensing of this very familiar technology by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not gotten any simpler, faster or less costly in half a century. The NuScale Pressurized Water Reactor Small Modular Reactor is also taking a lot of time and money to license. Everything else in modern living has made tremendous progress. Licensing of existing technology nuclear plants in the United States has made little progress. Licensing of new nuclear technologies is non-existent in the USA. What are the reasons? Could they be against the best interests of the United States and the rest of the world?
Geert de Vries: Energy-related information for Africa is scarce. This relates to information about installed systems, potential sources, transmission and distribution grid penetration, and current use. When we consider the population served by electricity we are including grid-connected as well as off-grid decentralised installations, which are usually diesel.
(Geoffrey Rothwell, comments -Bryan Leyland, Patrick Moore) France, New Zealand, Canada - No credible business plan for SMRs27.Dec.2019
Geoffrey Rothwell, Ph.D. Economics, ret. Principal Economist at OECD Nuclear Energy Agency: Since 2010, ALL technologies claim to have small MODULAR designs. I have seen NO credible business plan for any SMR. Comments: Bryan Leyland, Energy consultant for Southeast Asia and Africa: There is no doubt that the regulatory organisations are delaying progress. Patrick Moore, Environmental consultant: The US and other western countries and Japan will fall far behind Russia, China and India in nuclear design if they don’t smarten up.
Westinghouse, Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The future for small modular reactors is looking brighter. There are many applications if it can be made economical and practical. Westinghouse certainly has good background in small nuclear reactors.