Small modular nuclear reactors could be an option for Idaho project

Alternate Energy Holdings Inc. (AEHI) on Oct. 3 said the company is exploring the use of small modular reactors (SMR) on its proposed nuclear power plant site in Payette County, Idaho. SMRs range between 45 MW and 220 MWe, according to AEHI.

"This would not necessarily replace our plans to build a large-scale reactor on the proposed site, but there may be an opportunity to build one or more years in advance of the larger reactor,” said Don Gillispie, AEHI CEO.

AEHI said several SMR designs are being reviewed including designs from Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BWC), Westinghouse Electric Co., NuScale Power and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).

AEHI plans to build a nuclear power plant on a 5,300 acre site in Idaho. In September 2010, the Payette Chamber of Commerce announced its official endorsement of AEHI and the company's plan to build a nuclear power plant at the proposed site.

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