August 12, 2020
Tiny Nuclear Plant Looks Just Like a Weekend Cabin A-Frame
It’s so cute. It’s also a very, very small nuclear plant that runs on enriched uranium. Yes, this A-frame is envisioned by a California company called Oklo that has just been given the green light to create a proof of concept nuclear plant in Idaho for its fission process, which runs on spent uranium from traditional nuclear plants. The design is intentional, says chief operating officer Caroline Cochran. “Aesthetically it alludes to the northern areas that we’re interested in serving. And it’s functional for the snow and precipitation in those areas.” Areas like rural Alaska in the middle of wilderness. What could go wrong?