Energy Transition

Small reactors could make nuclear energy big again. How do they work, and are they safe?

Small modular reactors are simpler, safer and cheaper than conventional reactors. Image: Unsplash/Patrick Federi

Roberto Bocca

Head of Shaping the Future of Energy and Materials; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Johnny Wood

Writer, Formative Content

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Small modular reactors could replace large-scale nuclear power plants such as the one picture here.
Small modular reactors could replace large-scale nuclear power plants such as the one picture here. Image: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Small modular reactors are simpler, safer, cheaper and easier to build than conventional large-scale nuclear reactors.
Small modular reactors are simpler, safer, cheaper and easier to build than conventional large-scale nuclear reactors. Image: IEA

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