|From correspondents in Tokyo | October 24, 2009
Article from: Agence France-Presse
MAJOR nuclear reactor manufacturers in Japan have begun developing small nuclear power systems for both developed and emerging countries, a report says.
Toshiba is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the US, the Nikkei business daily said.
The new reactor, the Toshiba 4S, is designed to minimise the need for monitoring and maintenance, with an automatic shutdown function to ensure safety in case of problems, the newspaper said.
Toshiba plans to market the reactor first in the US, while foreseeing demand from emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe as well as in Africa, it said.
Mitsubishi has separately completed the concept design for a pressurised-water reactor with a power output of around 350,000 kilowatts, the Nikkei said.
Hitachi also aims to develop a boiling-water reactor with a capacity of 400,000-600,000 kilowatts for use in Southeast Asia and other countries, it said.
Demand for nuclear power stations has been growing around the world. A total of 151 were under construction or slated for construction in 27 countries as of the end of 2008, it said.
This is the sort of thing we should be looking at small easily maintained non refuelable reactors