The development of small reactors accelerates decarbonization

Political economics

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press) – Small modular reactors, which have lower power output than conventional nuclear reactors, are gaining attention as a next-generation technology fit for a low-carbon society.

With government support offered in the United States and other major countries, manufacturers have accelerated the development of SMR reactors, which generate 300,000 kilowatts or less of electricity, less than a third of the production levels of conventional reactors. Manufacturers aim to mass-produce SMRs in factories, such as airplanes, to shorten construction periods and reduce project expenses.

Hopes are growing for SMRs due to their stability and flexibility, offsetting the weakness of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, which are vulnerable to changing weather conditions.

But some experts warn that the high costs of generating electricity may prove to be a barrier to ongoing efforts to use it commercially.

A massive 144-meter-long ship is anchored in a port of Pevek in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug in northeastern Russia. Housing two small reactors with a total power of 70,000 kilowatts, the ship serves as a floating nuclear power plant that supplies electricity to the region.

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