Scientists are building a micro nuclear reactor, which aims to be able to be significantly cheaper and faster to build than conventional light water reactors.
That's the inspiration for sure. Rosatom was doing really well with their nuclear barge and SMR program before the Ukraine situation. They already have two SMR's, on a barge, powering a remote Siberian community, as well as providing district heating.I think there is a future for this kind of energy source. The Navy has been doing it with their nuclear powered ships for decades.
There are several methods that are already employed, or can be employed, that can do this.Recently read where the Chinese have created a method of turning radioactive waste back into useable fuel, so there's that hope at least.
I think they called it some kind of cannon. If I find the article I'll link it here.
Yes, that's the pitch, the industry is trying to push the "pairing with renewables" angle. Problem is of course that if you have a nuke and storage, the renewables (particularly wind) are pretty redundant. Solar could aide in reducing peaking, but with the design being discussed, the unit should be able to cover all the load.From the article:
"...Nuclear is a baseload energy source, meaning it can provide energy when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining, serving as a backstop for the intermittency of renewables..."