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Indiana Senate bill will have state consider SMRs
A new bill in the Indiana state Senate creates guidelines for state regulators to consider small modular reactors should utilities want to build them. Senate Bill 271 was sponsored by Sen. Eric Koch (R., Bedford), chair of the Senate Utilities Committee, and Sen. Blake Doriot (R., Goshen). Supporters of the bill said that SMRs could replace retiring coal plants and would supplement renewables.
The Indy Star reported on January 24 that the utilities committee passed the bill by a vote of eight to two and that it now heads to the full Senate.
J. C. Gascon, J. Hourtoule, I. Benfatto, S. Nair, J. Tao, J. Goff
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 61 | Number 1 | January 2012 | Pages 47-51
Fusion | Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST12-A13395
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ITER is a large-scale scientific experiment (presently under construction in Southern France) to demonstrate it is possible to produce commercial energy from nuclear fusion. In order to achieve nuclear fusion, ITER plant will be directly fed from the 400 kV French National Grid. The transmission grid will be able to provide up to 500 MW for pulsed loads (power converters) as well as 120 MW for continuous loads (auxiliaries systems) with total reactive power up to 200 Mvar demand from the pulsed loads and 48 Mvar from the continuous loads.This paper describes the specific electrical engineering studies performed to ensure the required levels of availability and to reach the required global reliability and availability of ITER project.