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June 22, 2022

Nuke industry hopes to expand output with new, smaller reactors

  • The small reactors can be built largely in a factory setting.
  • By JENNIFER McDERMOTT
    Associated Press

    The U.S. nuclear industry is generating less electricity as reactors retire, but now plant operators are hoping to nearly double their output over the next three decades, according to the industry's trade association.

    The massive scaling-up envisioned by the utilities hangs on the functionality of a new type of nuclear reactor that's far smaller than traditional reactors. About two dozen U.S. companies are developing advanced reactors, with some that could come online by the end of the decade if the technology succeeds and federal regulators approve.


     
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