Portable Nuclear Reactor: A creation of former SpaceX Engineers

Atomic power is going versatile as generally lightweight, financially savvy microreactors. A group of former SpaceX engineers is fostering the “world’s first versatile, zero-discharges power source” that can carry the capacity to far-off regions and furthermore takes into consideration speedy establishment of new units in populated regions, a press proclamation uncovered.

Last year, the group got $1.2 million in subsidizing from private backers for their startup Radiant to assist with fostering its compact atomic microreactors, which are focused on both business and military applications.

We’ve recently provided details regarding drifting thermal energy plants, for example, those delivered by Danish firm Seaborg Technologies. Nonetheless, Radiant’s being developed innovation brings a totally different component of movability to the atomic reactor.

Their microreactor, which is still in the prototype phase, outputs more than 1MW, which Radiant says is enough to power approximately 1,000 homes for up to eight years. It can be easily transported by air, sea, and road, meaning it will bring affordable energy to communities without easy access to renewable energy, allowing them to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

Radiant founder and CEO Doug Bernauer is a previous SpaceX engineer who dealt with creating energy hotspots for a future Mars colony during his time at the private space venture. During his investigation into microreactors for Mars, he saw a chance for fostering an adaptable, reasonable force source here on Earth, prompting him establishing Radiant with two other SpaceX engineers. In an interview with Power, Bernauer said “a lot of the microreactors being developed are fixed location. Nobody has a [commercial] system yet, so there’s kind of a race to be the first.”

Radiant announced last year that it had received two provisional patents for its portable nuclear reactor technology. One of these was for a technology that reduces the cost and the time needed to refuel their reactor, while the other improves efficiency in heat transference from the reactor core. The microreactor will use an advanced particle fuel that does not meltdown and is capable of withstanding higher temperatures than traditional nuclear fuels. Helium coolant, meanwhile, reduces the corrosion and contamination risks associated with traditional water coolants. Radiant has signed a contract with Battelle Energy Alliance to test its portable microreactor technology at its Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

“In some areas of the world, reliance on diesel fuel is untenable, and solar and wind power is either unavailable or impractical,” said Jess Gehin, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Nuclear Science & Technology Directorate at INL. “Clean, safe nuclear microreactors are emerging as the best alternative for these environments.”

Radiant’s microreactor can be used in remote locations, such as arctic villages and isolated military encampments that would otherwise typically rely on fossil fuel-powered generators. Not only is the portable microreactor better for the environment, but it is also more practical as it doesn’t rely on constant shipments of fuel. Instead, the clean fuel used for Radiant’s microreactors can last more than 4 years. If all goes well with Radiant’s test campaign, nuclear power might soon hit the road. In doing so it will help to power countless remote communities, and will further bolster the resurgence of nuclear power in a world that needs clean energy solutions more than ever.

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