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Perspective on Site Selection of Small Modular Reactors

X. Y. Zhang, G. H. Huang*, L. R. Liu, J. P. Chen, B. Luo, Y. P. Fu, X. G. Zheng, D. C. Han, and Y. Y. Liu

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada

*Corresponding author. Tel.: 1-306-5854095. E-mail address: (G. H. Huang).


As an emerging means of energy supply, small modular reactors (SMRs) are considered as a promising option for relieving environmental pressure caused by increasing fossil fuel consumption. Since SMRs are at an early stage of development, in-depth analysis on the necessity and feasibility of their deployment is essential. The site selection of SMRs, which is a multifaceted process and should be guided by a clearly established set of criteria, is a crucial step. To propose comprehensive recommendations for SMR site selection, a review is provided in this study. The review involves development process, technical characteristics and potential applications of SMRs, research status of SMR site selection, and criteria for site selection of nuclear power plants (NPPs). Different considerations of siting criteria between SMRs and NPPs are analyzed. Based on the review and analyses, perspectives and targeted suggestions on SMR site selection are provided.

Keywords: small modular reactor, nuclear power plants, site selection, siting criteria

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