Obama and McCain both touted clean energy and energy independence during their campaign which now seems eon years ago. Personally I had more faith in Democrats doing something on a war footing about energy independence than the Republicans whose mantra till the last days was Drill baby Drill. Yeah right, that would have gotten American addiction to oil asap!
Nuclear energy is one of the ways to generate energy that is devoid from making use of oil. With the dems winning the ticket, all alternative means of generating energy will get a boost but nuclear energy is something which will bear fruition much before than its peer because the energy already exists. Hell US just cleared the nuclear deal for India and is going to be selling stuff worth 100 billions over the next ten years and create about 2250,000 high tech jobs in this sector alone.
So which companies are poised to take this leap? Hyperion Power Generation, a New Mexico company is one of them. The company is planning to mass market within 5 years a small, modular, non-weapons grade nuclear power reactor named the Hyperion Hyperdrive – which in other words implies your own personal nuclear power plant!
The nearly 5 decade-year old design was patented by Dr. Otis â€œPeteâ€ Peterson at the United Statesâ€™ famed Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico and has proved reliable for even scholars to use. Often referred to as a â€œnuclear battery,â€ the Hyperion HyperDrive is self-audited with no engineered parts to break down or otherwise fail.
Sealed at the manufacturing plant, the unit is not opened until it has been returned to the factory to be refueled, estimated every five years or so, depending on use.
This containment, along with the strategy of completely burying the module at the operating site, protects against the possibility of human incompetence, or agressive tampering and proliferation.