Generation, Nuclear

AEHI considers small modular reactors for Idaho nuclear power plant site

Boise, Idaho, October 3, 2012 — Alternate Energy Holdings is exploring the use of small modular reactors (SMR) on its proposed nuclear power plant site in Payette County, Idaho.

SMRs range between 45 and 220 MWe and because of their modular and easily expandable design, their implementation can be very flexible based on future energy needs.

There are a number of advantages to using an SMR design. They are scalable, most modular reactor systems are factory manufactured in North America, they have superior safety features, construction timeframe is much quicker, and they require a smaller up front capital investment. SMRs also use much less space, about 20 acres per reactor.

Several SMR designs are being reviewed including designs from Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse, NuScale Power and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).