After writing the last post which was rather tough, I want to focus on the good news of the day:
Articles in the Guardian and on PHYSORG.com took me by surprise this week. They talk about Hyperion Power Generation‘s plans to build a small (not exactly pint-sized) nuclear reactor that will service approximately 10,000 homes. Hyperion claims that the $25 million reactors are safe, reliable, and clean. Each unit would utilize non-weapons grade material, have no moving parts, and would only need to be serviced every 7 to 10 years.
It sounds too good to be true, and usually I’m very skeptical of these types of claims. Very skeptical. Did I mention that I’m skeptical?
In this case, however, it seems that the Japanese are working on the technology as well. According to The Guardian, Toshiba has announced plans to build small reactors capable of powering a single building for 40 years.
That coupled with the claim that the technology is based on research at Los Alamos National Lab gives me hope that Hyperion is for real. If so, this could be a real game changer over the next 10 to 20 years in our quest for energy Independence.
See. I told you it was good news.