Image: Hyperion Power Generation
About nine months ago we reported on a portable nuclear power generator made by Hyperion Power Generation which we dubbed a "nuclear hot tub" because of it's size. We weren't overly keen on the idea and comments ranged from incredulous to defensive.
The executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group wasn't exactly supportive either: "The whole idea is loony and not worthy of much attention. Of course, factoring in enough cronyism, corruption and official ignorance and boosterism, it's possible the principals could make some money during the initial stages, before the crows come home to roost."
I'm not sure if cronyism and corruption had anything to do with it, but Hyperion Power has just announced that it has received a letter of intent to purchase six of the Hyperion Power Modules (HPG).
Total Energy Solutions First HPG Buyer
The buyer, TES Group, will pay $25 million each for its six portable nuclear reactors, and says if its initial purchases work out will eventually buy 50 of the units.
According to Hyperion, each unit can generate 27 MW of electricity when connected to a steam turbine. They tout the benefits of the HPG as being clean (no greenhouse gas emissions), safe (the most regulated type of power on the planet), affordable, and reliable.
"Out of Sight and Safe from Nefarious Threats"
They further describe the HPG: