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November 10, 2008 - 7:24am

Within five years, a city the size of Batavia could be powered by a small, safe, inexpensive nuclear reactor

posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

This certainly sounds promising.

From the Guardian UK:

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.

The US government has licensed the technology to Hyperion, a New Mexico-based company which said last week that it has taken its first firm orders and plans to start mass production within five years. 'Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a watt anywhere in the world,' said John Deal, chief executive of Hyperion. 'They will cost approximately $25m [£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $250 per home.'

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Pretty neat. Sounds like something for 3rd world countries if it's ever going to be used for home electricity Not here, not this half of the century There is solar cell technology that is basically a wrapping that can be used anywhere, it seems Wrap a building with it etc Not yet as efficient though with, I believe, a mere 3%
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Some interesting comments on Dan Kennedy's post about this link ... not everything as clear cut as article makes it sound.

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