NextGen nuclear powerPublished: 2015-11-19 | Original Article
The nuclear power industry has been working on safer technology solutions since the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster that hit Japan following a major earthquake in 2011.
Concepts so far include nuclear reactors dozens or even hundreds of times smaller and more distributed. Think: warehouse-size nuclear plants that power neighborhoods instead of entire cities. Some of the designs for these modular reactors have passive safety mechanisms built in to reduce the chance of any kind of radiation release that rocked Japan.
Plans are also to develop nuclear reactors offshore, like the floating platforms the oil and gas industry already uses. These would be able to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Moreover, because the reactor cores would actually be submerged beneath the platform, a fresh supply of cold seawater would always be available to cool the reactor core even in a case of power loss.