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Small Modular Reactors: How Do They Measure Up?

Small Modular Reactors: How Do They Measure Up?

A graphic comparing the output of small modular reactors to conventional nuclear power reactors.

Interactive: Small Modular Reactors - Safe and Cheaper?

Interactive: Small Modular Reactors - Safe and Cheaper?

For decades, some nuclear engineers have been pushing an alternate technology that they claim could address all the concerns of conventional nuclear reactors. Called Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), these plants,would be inherently cheaper to build and safer to operate than conventional plants.

Future Renewable Fuel Standard Targets

Future Renewable Fuel Standard Targets

Renewable Fuel Standards designate the minimum levels at which several categories of biofuel are consumed through 2022.

US Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions

US Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel have been growing steadily in the US and are projected to continue growing until 2030 and beyond if no legislation is passed to reduce emissions.

CO2 Injection

CO2 Injection

CO2 captured from coal-fired electric power plants may be injected for storage into porous layers of rock and sand deep underground.

CO2 Capture

CO2 Capture

In coal-burning power plants, CO2 can be captured for transport to storage sites.

CO2 Capture and Sequestration

CO2 Capture and Sequestration

CO2 may be separated from other gases at coal-fired electric power plants and transported by pipeline to suitable storage sites.

CO2 Storage Areas

CO2 Storage Areas

The United States has many areas, shown in pink, where geological formations are likely to be suitable for long-term carbon dioxide storage.