I received a reminder via email this morning to register for a Platts sponsored meeting titled Small Modular Reactor: Time Frame for Development and Outlook for Commercial Viability that will be held in Washington, DC on June 28 and 29. I plan to be there to find out more about what I think is one of the most exciting enterprises going today.
I have long been a fan of smaller fission powered systems; I cut my atomic teeth on reactors small enough to power ships and I have written pretty extensively about reactors that were small enough to supply remote outposts in Antarctica, Greenland, Wyoming, Alaska, and in the Panama Canal Zone. NuScale, Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse, General Dynamics, TVA, and the US Army are some of the organizations that have already signed up to be at the meeting. It would be great if the US government agency with the most experience in the world in small modular reactor construction and operation would decide to show up, but they are an independent bunch who never learned much about sharing.
Disclosure: Atomic Insights is a media partner for the Platts Small Modular Reactor meeting.