China to Build the First Small Modular Nuclear Reactor – Of Course -
"It will be China’s own Linglong One design, it will be about 125 MW, it will take about 5 years to build, and it will generate about a billion kWh/year."
Why this is important: Small modular nuclear plants, with standardized designs, default safety systems and smaller footprints, are a promising method of generating zero carbon energy, and are a natural adjunct to intermittent renewables like wind and solar. China is taking the lead in developing and siting these sorts of reactors, which could be an important export if they catch on. If the U.S. public moves past its fear of nuclear energy and embraces these flexible, lower cost energy sources, they could be an important source of energy and manufacturing jobs in the years to come.
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