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Monitored this issue: Small modular reactors
Last year was undoubtedly the year of the small modular reactor (SMR) ‒ the amount of hot air and hype spouted about the "most influential and innovative energy disruptors the world has ever seen" could power the world indefinitely. This double-issue of Nuclear Monitor focuses exclusively on SMRs. We hope it will be a useful resource and we will of course continue to follow the debates - you can subscribe to Nuclear Monitor here.
Small reactors: past and present ‒ Why the hype? ‒ Skepticism ‒ The SMR 'hype cycle' ‒ An obituary
Fundamental problems ‒ Market size ‒ Costs per MWh ‒ Learning curve ‒ SMRs as 'affordable luxuries', diseconomies of scale ‒ Standardized modular rhetoric
Power/weapons connections ‒ The military origins of SMR programs ‒ Small reactors and proliferation ‒ SMRs as the proliferator's technology of choice ‒ The proliferation risks associated with different SMR designs ‒ Uranium enrichment ‒ Plutonium reactors ‒ Safeguards and security