Nuclear on an assembly line?

How much does a car cost? Depends on whether it is a hand-crafted Bentley or a mass-produced Hyundai. How much does a nuclear power plant cost? Nuclear’s always too expensive, isn’t it? Maybe not. As Next Big Future states:


Cost of exported nuclear plants brought down by mass production in China

By the 2030s, China will likely have built out hundreds of nuclear reactors. They will also have factory mass produced one piece reactors like their 200 MWe HTR-PM (High temperature pebble bed reactor). Those reactors could be built in Chinese factories and shipped for installation overseas. This would enable the China price for nuclear power which is currently about $1.5 to 2 billion per GWe. This is 2-3 times cheaper than current prices in the US and Europe. Each nuclear reactor module would likely be buildable in 2 years or so by that the 2030s.

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