Interest is growing in the class of units rated at 300 MW or less
The first size, at ratings in terms of electricity generation of 1,000 MW or more, has a near term future that involves eight reactors being completed in the U.S. by 2020.
The second size, at ratings of less than 300 MW, shows near-term promise for designs that are based on conventional light water reactor (LWR) technologies.
SMRs of all types may get new attention as a result of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Recent developments suggest that commercial success may become a reality for light water designs also by 2020.
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