Small reactors could help shape nuclear energy's future

02/1/2012 | PopularMechanics.com

Small modular reactors are shaping the future of the nuclear energy industry, but traditional reactors are here to stay for the time being, said Paul Genoa, senior director for policy development with the Nuclear Energy Institute. Small reactors are more cost-effective to build than larger units, and they can be manufactured in factories and delivered to a location. "Small reactors are not a substitute for big reactors, but we can't build a big reactor everywhere," Genoa said.

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