Nov 22, 2008

Mini-Nukes Part Deux :o)

I had a couple of questions on my previous entry, so thought I would do a little more research. If you are interested in learning more, go to Hyperion Power's website.

Invented at the famed Los Alamos National Laboratory, Hyperion small modular power reactors make all the benefits of safe, clean nuclear power available for remote locations (our science and engineering tax payer dollars at work :o). For both industrial and community applications, Hyperion offers reliable energy with no greenhouse gas emissions. Hyperion power is also cheaper than fossil fuels and, when you consider the cost of land and materials, watt to watt, Hyperion’s innovative energy technology is even more affordable than many developing “alternative” energy technologies.

Small enough to be transported on a ship, truck or train, Hyperion power modules are about the size of a "hot tub" — approximately 1.5 meters wide. Out of sight and safe from nefarious threats, Hyperion power modules are buried far underground and guarded by a security detail. (It is not like you are going to bury one in your back yard, these are intended for industrial situations). Like a power battery, Hyperion modules have no moving parts to wear down, and are delivered factory sealed. They are never opened on site. Even if one were compromised, the material inside would not be appropriate for proliferation purposes. (The uranium enrichment is in the 10-20% range, and for weapons grade, you need to be greater than 98% enriched). Further, due to the unique, yet proven science upon which this new technology is based, it is impossible for the module to go supercritical, “melt down” or create any type of emergency situation. If opened, the very small amount of fuel that is enclosed would immediately cool. The waste produced after five years of operation is approximately the size of a softball and is a good candidate for fuel recycling.


  1. When I read your entry about this yesterday, I also wondered about how the refueling would be handled, but I believe you said that it would be shipped back to the company for that. Sounds like a fairly ingenious technology.

  2. I thank you for this explanation- I like the sound of this- is it really foolproof and safe? Wondering, Dannelle

  3. What is the cost of construction as opposed to the traditional plant? How long will it take to build vs. the traditional? Is this the wave of the future for nuclear power?


  4. Yeah, what Claudia said. It sounds good, and would certainly be of a benefit to outlying suburbs/rual areas.


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