Tapping innovative balance of power, microreactors could enhance energy resilience

Adam Malecek | Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison | May 7, 2021

In the new study conducted by the Institute for Nuclear Energy Systems for the U.S. Department of Energy, the UW-Madison team set out to determine the potential role of microreactors in enhancing the energy resilience of federal government facilities. Resilience refers to the ability of a facility to continue operating when the external source of utility power becomes unavailable.

“The main finding of our study is that if microreactor vendors can reach their goals for total costs, and if they rely on low-interest government financing rather than private financing, then microreactors could be economically competitive against natural gas and increase the energy resilience of certain government facilities,” says Paul Wilson, the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering at UW-Madison who led the study.

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