Small nuke reactors emerge as energy option, but risks loom

A rendering of the entrance of a Small Modular Reactor facility that Rolls-Royce SMR hopes to have operational by the end of the decade is seen in this handout render provided by Rolls-Royce SMR on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. A global search for alternative sources to Russian energy during the war in Ukraine has refocused attention on smaller, easier-to-build nuclear power stations that proponents say they could provide a cheaper, more efficient alternative to older model mega-plants but detractors warn of heightened risks including the disposal of highly radioactive wave and the specter of nuclear weapons proliferation.

Small nuke reactors emerge as energy option, but risks loom