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Microsoft wants to build nuclear generators


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The job posting specified that Microsoft is looking for someone familiar with Small Modular Reactors, or SMRs. These are, as the name suggests, much smaller reactors than the facility-scale nuclear power plants of the public imagination, which can nevertheless generate substantial amounts of power — one such reactor, which recently became the first certified for use in the US by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, generates about 50MW of power from a light-water design, requiring a facility about a third of the size of a standard power plant. (Light-water reactors, which use normal water instead of deuterium-rich heavy water, account for the vast majority of modern nuclear power plants, as they are generally thought to be easier to build and they do not generate excess fissile material, as some older designs do.)


Microreactors are also mentioned in Microsoft’s advertising. These, naturally enough, are even smaller designs, potentially capable of being used in mobile applications, producing between 1MW and 20MW of power. The technology for microreactors, however, is still in the fairly early stages of development, with NASA working to build small powerplants for potential use in space, and civilian applications still in the research and testing phase.


A job posting suggests that Microsoft is planning to explore the use of small nuclear reactors for its major data...




I wonder if this tech is at all related to the research the Gates Foundation put into nuclear tech. 




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Very interesting, it's always exciting to read about nuclear power related news. Scaling this stuff down has some really interesting implications and opportunities for sure.




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On 26/09/2023 at 05:57, UltraMega said:
I wonder if this tech is at all related to the research the Gates Foundation put into nuclear tech. 


Oh man has to be. Plus the upsides to owning and maintaining your own energy will create a new corporate monster. I mean progressively upgrading technology company. 



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