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Apr 19, 2022 01:39 PM
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Mitsubishi Heavy Aims to Build Nuclear ‘Reactor on a Truck’ by 2030s

Mitsubishi Heavy’s microreactors were designed to provide power to remote and disaster-hit areas. Photo: Courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy’s microreactors were designed to provide power to remote and disaster-hit areas. Photo: Courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

(Nikkei Asia) — Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. plans to develop and commercialize nuclear reactors small enough to be delivered on trucks by the end of the next decade, hoping to draw on demand for noncarbon emitting energy.

At 3 meters tall and 4 meters wide, the microreactors will weigh less than 40 tons. The reactor and power generating equipment will fit inside a container truck, enabling it to be delivered to remote or disaster-hit areas.

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