Small Modular Reactors and ‘Advanced’ or ‘Generation IV’ Reactor Concepts, 31-page FoE Australia briefing paper, June 2023
2023 Directory of SMR projects (nuClearNews)
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Feb. 2022, ‘NuScale’s Small Modular Reactor: Risks of Rising Costs, Likely Delays, and Increasing Competition Cast Doubt on Long-Running Development Effort‘. Too late, too expensive, too risky and too uncertain.
Prof. M.V. Ramana, 2020, ‘Eyes Wide Shut: Problems with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems Proposal to Construct NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactors‘.
Further research by Prof. MV Ramana on SMRs and see also Prof. Ramana’s university webpage.
Small nuclear reactors, huge costs, Oct. 2021 article in RenewEconomy
Exposing ‘small modular reactor’ economic misinformation from Ben Heard and other nuclear lobbyists (June 2020 article in RenewEconomy)
Small modular reactors and the nuclear culture wars, Aug 2019 article in RenewEconomy
Sept. 2019 – Australian environment groups’ submission to federal nuclear power inquiry (lots on nuclear economics, ‘generation IV’ concepts, small modular reactors etc).
Aug. 2019 – 65-page Friends of the Earth submission to federal nuclear inquiry, specifcally on ‘small modular reactors’
Small modular reactors: an introduction and an obituary ‒ Small reactors: past and present ‒ Why the hype? ‒ Skepticism ‒ The SMR ‘hype cycle’ ‒ An obituary
The forgotten history of small nuclear reactors
SMR economics: an overview ‒ Fundamental problems ‒ Market size ‒ Costs per MWh ‒ Learning curve ‒ SMRs as ‘affordable luxuries’, diseconomies of scale ‒ Standardized modular rhetoric
SMR cost estimates, and costs of SMRs under construction
No-one wants to pay for SMRs: US and UK case studies
Are thousands of new nuclear generators in Canada’s future?
Small modular reactors and nuclear weapons proliferation ‒ Power/weapons connections ‒ The military origins of SMR programs ‒ Small reactors and proliferation ‒ SMRs as the proliferator’s technology of choice ‒ The proliferation risks associated with different SMR designs ‒ Uranium enrichment ‒ Plutonium reactors ‒ Safeguards and security
A military bromance: SMRs to support and cross-subsidize the UK nuclear weapons program
SMRs to power military installations and forward bases in the United States
SMR safety issues
Generation IV nuclear waste claims debunked
mPower: an obituary
High-temperature, gas-cooled zombie SMRs