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Grid-Appropriate Reactors May Help Power Developing Nations

April, 2008

With a proposed fiscal year 2009 budget of $20 million, the effort by the Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and partners to develop grid-appropriate reactors is gaining steam.

Grid-appropriate reactors are typically between 250 megawatts and 500 megawatts, making them far more affordable and practical for developing nations than the typical 1,300-megawatt commercial light-water reactor. This is in part because these nations have smaller power grids and less well-developed technical infrastructures