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Dounreay nuclear plant is being taken down. It will be over 300 years before it is `safe` to go on the site. Sellafield is beyond anyones imagination as to how to fix the contamination.

The government is sponsoring Rolls Royce to build 16 `local` nuclear plants to meet our `Green` environmental - electric- safe and user friendly future......One wonders Yikes

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drove past it couple years ago was surprised just how big the place was 

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The Rolls-Royce proposals are the same reactors used in submarines.

But Tom, the direct answer is:- I have no idea.

Meanwhile the windbag who is our Prime Minister has changed his view 180° on wind power in the past 12 months and now is prepared to acknowledge that it has a significant contribution.

Next is decent harvesting of the power in tides & currents (probably NOT on the form of huge pounds like Swansea Bay or a Severn Barage).

After that wave power.

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I would be much happier living next to nuclear site than a chemical plant.

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"The Rolls-Royce proposals are the same reactors used in submarines."

"Because of Rolls-Royce’s experience in supplying nuclear reactors for submarines, it’s a common assumption that this is the origin of its reactor design. However, Harry Holt, president of Rolls-Royce’s nuclear operations, at a recent SMR conference in London said this was not the case.

"In fact, Rolls-Royce’s policy is to ensure that no defence-related nuclear research transfers to the civil sector, he said. “The SMR was conceived as a separate project and is designed around the market requirements, with an eye to regulatory approval, manufacturability and selectability.”

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/rapid-reaction-the-small-factory-built-nuclear-reactors-could-be-delivered-on-the-back-of-a-lorry/

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A number of companies are involved in decommissioning nuclear plants - Babcock etc.

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As the article says, in not so many words - They don`t exist, we can`t make them and they have to be refueled every year but they will be in use in 2030 !(for elecrtic car power supply?)  So USA or China to supply?  Massively increased risk factor. unknown costs and political scene and nuclear contamination all over the country. Unlike plastic waste we don`t see nuclear waste and contamination. Will this be another `World leading` British disaster......I think so!   

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If the RR mini reactor plan is 'loosely' based on submarine engineering then refueling  could go as long as 20 years subject to mandatory overhaul periods.

I would rather live within 20 miles of a local mini reactor than the blot on the landscape wind farms which have questionable output & efficiency against cost.

Apart from the mini reactors the best way forward is tide & solar. Ok sun in the UK is limited but large arrays can produce a reasonable amount of power in very overcast conditions.

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That is why long range space craft design will incorporate a water jacket around the crew area to mitigate the effects of cosmic radiation.

In another life I was often involved in the transport of 'sunshine stuff'. The first thing the Radiation Safety Officer would do before departure was to run the detector over the container just to prove to us, the crew that all was OK with the water & concrete jacket. But god forbid if we caught fire, crashed or both!