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IAEA publication helps countries identify reactor designs

An International Atomic Energy Agency publication on small modular reactors, among the most promising emerging technologies in nuclear power, can help countries identify reactor designs to suit their needs as they look for reliable and affordable energy sources to slash greenhouse gas emissions and drive sustainable development.

The agency said the 2020 edition of its biennial booklet Advances in Small Modular Reactor Technology Developments, provides the latest data and information on SMRs around the world, including detailed descriptions of 72 reactors under development or construction in 18 countries.

The booklet for the first time contains annexes on waste management and disposal, and a section on microreactors, which are very small SMRs intended for niche applications.