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Accession Number DE2013-1078177
Title Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division Status Report on Modeling Reactor Economics.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 57p
Personal Author R. E. Hale R. J. Moses T. J. Harrison
Abstract The recent interest in Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) from industry within the United States and around the world has spurred discussion on the benefits of the SMR versus the larger, central-station power reactor. The main thrust of this discussion on those benefits is whether a compelling economic case can be made for the deployment of SMRs when considering competition with large power reactors and other power sources. Large reactor proponents point to the economy of scale achieved by the large nuclear stations; they generate large quantities of electricity at relatively low, stable costs. SMR proponents point to the large amount of capital required for the large nuclear station and the financial risk associated with such an endeavor versus the likely reduction in capital outlay for an SMR. If SMRs can lower the total capital barrier to deployment while maintaining a low generation cost, they can possibly usher in a new era of nuclear power expansion.
Keywords Benefits
Economic analysis
Nuclear reactors
Small modular reactors(SMRs)

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 77H - Reactor Engineering & Nuclear Power Plants
97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
Corporate Author Oak Ridge National Lab., TN.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725

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