A nuclear power company has designed a ‘modular’ mini nuclear power plant. Each nuclear reactor could fit on the back of a truck, but would still be nine stories tall. The company behind the radical design says it is far safer, and each mini reactor contains far less uranium that a full sized one – and is sunk into the ground with a protective building placed over it. NuScale, based in Portland, Oregon, has submitted a design application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be able to construct their nuclear power plant. Each small NuScale reactor has a 50-megawatt output. To give perspective, the smallest nuclear plant in the US, the Fort Calhoun plant in Nebraska, has one reactor with a capacity of 479 megwatts.
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