The idea is to manufacture them in US factories—a point made no doubt to tap into the idea that green energy jobs are more difficult to export than other manufacturing—and then ship them to where ever the unit is to be installed.
Babcock & Wilcox says that the units will cost "less than $5,000 per megawatt."
Waste Stored On-Site for Product's Life
Environmental Capital really hits on what I see as the environmental problem with this. Nothing like pushing off nuclear waste on future generations to satisfy current gluttonous energy needs:
What about nuclear waste? The new reactors can’t solve the riddle of Yucca Mountain—but are equipped to store their spent fuel on site and underground for the entire 60-year operating life. Babcock & Wilcox also says the new reactors, which use light-water technology, could use a variety of fuel if advances are made in thorium-powered nuclear reactors, for instance.
Just wait until the people up in tar sands get a load of this.
More: Babcock & Wilcox (press release)
image: Babcock & Wilcox
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