I've been on a nuclear energy kick lately - this time, its fission in the news, on a small scale that could make clean nuclear power truly distributed generation. Lots of hurdles to get over, not the least of which is the regulatory approval. I'm curious whether this could actually be cost-effective as well.
Y Combinator batch company UPower Technologies is hoping to change that by offering reactors that cut out those factors at a scale where regulatory issues and billion-dollar construction costs aren’t a problem. UPower founder and CEO Jacob DeWitte describes the company’s first reactor design as a plug-and-play nuclear thermal battery. The idea is that customers will order a reactor that will be shipped in a container with everything needed on the reaction side and then connected to a power conversion method that makes the most sense for the particular application.