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Small Modular Reactors for Electricity Generation

An Economic and Technologically Sound Alternative

  • Provides the latest information on the future potential of nuclear energy for electricity generation

  • Assesses the potential of SMRs for electricity generation in different regions of the world

  • Presents the new safety measures adopted in SMRs design


About this book


As a flexible, cost-effective energy alternative to large scale nuclear power reactors, this book examines the potential future use of small modular reactors for the generation of electricity in different regions. Exploring advanced nuclear technologies, chapters describe the current situation and perspective of the small modular reactors market (SMRs) in different regions around the word, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Particular attention is paid to the benefits of using these types of reactors for the generation of electricity, discussing their efficiency and reduced construction time, as well as exploring the main difficulties encountered in the development stage. Looking at the potential dangers that SMRs pose to the environment and population, the text presents the new safety measures that have been adopted in SMRs design to reduce future risk.


Advanced nuclear technologies Nuclear power plants Generation III, III+ and IV nuclear power reactors Nuclear power reactors SMRs Market Nuclear power plant safety Energy development SMRs generation of electricity Nuclear waste management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ViennaAustria

About the authors

Jorge Morales Pedraza currently works as an Independent Consultant on International Affairs and possesses degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Economic Sciences. Formerly, he was a Cuban Ambassador for more than 25 years. In the 1980s, Morales Pedraza was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and in the 1990s gained the same title with the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). In addition, he was Invited University Professor in Mathematical Science and an Invited Professor for International Relations in the Diplomatic Academy of Cuba. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s Morales Pedraza worked for the IAEA as Senior Manager in the Director’s office. He is the author, co-author and chapter author of 75 books and articles focusing on the use of nuclear energy, renewable and conventional energy, the use of the radiation for the sterilization of tissues, tissue banking, financial investment, among other topics. A total of 84 additional technical documents have also been prepared under his direct supervision. Morales Pedraza is also a reviewer for several international journals.

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