TITLE

Nuclear Batteries

AUTHOR(S)
Harrell, Eben
PUB. DATE
February 2011
SOURCE
Time International (Atlantic Edition);2/28/2011, Vol. 177 Issue 8, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on renewed research into nuclear batteries and nuclear power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It states that the nuclear battery was designed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and produces 25 megawatts of electricity, which can be used to power towns or subdivisions with under 20,000 homes, military bases, desalination plants, and even commercial ships. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu endorsed the use of small modular reactors which include nuclear batteries as a new nuclear option. It mentions that environmental groups are concerned nuclear batteries will increase nuclear waste, spur proliferation, and be vulnerable to terrorism. It comments that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not granted licenses for small reactors or nuclear batteries as of 2011.
ACCESSION #
63594599

 

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