Apr 1, 2023Liked by Grayson Hoteling

Thanks for that. I guess the content is valid for “large” scale nuclear power plants but not for the new generation of supposedly small scale power plants around 100 MWh... right?

Also, my problem with arguments like “we learned from the past catastrophes” usually underestimates what can turn even worse in future catastrophes like more severe hurricanes, higher flooding etc... I think nuclear power plants are safe, but with that comes also higher costs and longer construction times...

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Yeah for sure, I think the new small module reactors are promising in many regards including the safety profile. I think that probably carries into your second point about the added cost and construction of large reactors too. Building super safe large reactors these days seems like it will be expensive and take forever along with regulatory constraints. This probably contributes to more deployment of quick/cheap renewables and could be fitting for SMR technology as well.

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