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Large Nuclear Reactors versus Small Modular Reactors: An Economic Comparison of Power Generation Methods

Large Nuclear Reactors versus Small Modular Reactors: An Economic Comparison of Power Generation Methods

dc.contributor.advisor Bloom, Paul
dc.contributor.author Munson, Bradley
dc.contributor.editor Bracarense, Natalia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-12T17:57:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-12T17:57:04Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-15
dc.date.submitted 2017-05-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10969/1205
dc.description.abstract The world today is looking for new sources of electricity to replace fossil fuels as concerns about climate change become more serious. Of a variety of electricity generation methods, we chose to investigate nuclear power because it makes a good replacement for coal plants. One of the main concerns with nuclear power is that it has high initial costs. A less costly option for nuclear energy may be Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). In this comparison we used two different models, a "home mortgage" model and a "set payment" model. These models were used to evaluate costs and compare the large reactor to the SMR. The main conclusion of this study is that the two different plants address different markets. Specifically, while SMRs may serve as a useful introduction for countries that are developing their nuclear programs, countries with developed nuclear programs may benefit more by investing in large reactors. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Large Nuclear Reactors versus Small Modular Reactors: An Economic Comparison of Power Generation Methods en_US
dc.type Thesis

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